Monday, January 30, 2006

Yet Another Albertson's Post!

Although the recent sale of Albertson's doesn't bode well for their long-term presence in the Austin market, I'm going to be perusing their 10 for $10 and double/triple coupon deals until the bitter end.

They've also got some killer deals on frozen foods. Yesterday evening, I bought four Healthy Choice dinners for $1.50 each and a huge box of Jose Ole taquitos for just $2.50. While none of this food is particularly nutritious, it gets the job done in a pinch.

There are two main problems with going to Albertson's these days. Number one is that they're often out of their sale price items. You can get a rain check, but then you have to go back out there the next day. Too much of that and you're stuck in pound foolish territory.

Problem two is the palpable demoralization that seems to become more pronounced every time I shop there. It's not that the employees aren't helpful, but you know and they know Albertson's is a dead man walking. If I woke up depressed, I'd definitely avoid shopping there.


Kat said...

So what will it be, when the big A bites the dust in Austin? HEB or Randalls? City Market? Fresh Plus?

Greg said...

I think HEB will continue to dominate the Austin market because it's an innovative, well-entrenched Texas company. Fresh Plus will survive as a quaint neighborhood grocery, but Randall's and City Market are in no position to do battle with the influx of Super Wal-Mart and Super Target. Unevolved supermarkets are in big trouble everywhere.