After the positive comments I made about a visit to an intermountain store last week, I went to the Oregon City Albertsons last night.
Store looked okay, other than the lack of customers. Clean, well stocked. The prices were an absolute joke. They have items flagged as "low priced everyday" selling at 20-25% above Safeway prices. Not even close to Fred Meyer prices. Maybe, I thought, they had some good specials going on. Well, not really. And forget picking up anything else if you do pick up on their specials. The meat department had some "buy 1 get TWO" free promotions on various "seasoned" meats. Chicken leg quarters (2.99/lb), Boneless Pork Chops (8.99/lb). What a deal, not. Retail on those items at Safeway is about 50% less. I was especially interested in that high pork price so I took a look at the unseasoned Boneless Pork Chops, these were "buy one get one" free. 7.99/lb that way.
I decided to grab a bottle of water and head out. Well, .99 for a 1 L Albertsons Water. Wow, the gallon must cost about that. No, wrong, Albertsons Gallon Water $1.49. Gallons of water are under $1 at every other store up here.
I also thought of picking up a box of microwave popcorn. I got a 3pk of the Essential Everyday stuff last weekend at the intermountain store at .88 sale price 1.99 regular price. I took a look in this place at the same item, same item cost 2.69 and there was no sale price. Forget that too.
Today, I decided to check out the Wilsonville Albertsons thinking perhaps the pricing in the Oregon City Store was somehow, very screwed up. The Wilsonville Albertsons is a very nice Jewel interior store. Same terrible center store pricing. The store was largely deserted (perhaps 5 customers inside), while the Fred Meyer across the street was very busy (at least 6 up front registers open plus a line for self checkouts). Well, the "buy one get two" free pork was 9.99/lb at that one, and they had some cubed steaks and petite sirloins seasoned and "buy one get two" free too, at the low low price of 8.99/lb too. What do these guys think? Do they think the customer is stupid, inept, or what? This type of deceptive pricing needed to be stopped years ago, yet it is continuing.
I do not expect Albertsons to remain in the Oregon market after what I saw. Safeway looks like a paradise compared to them.
I am very curious why they have fixed pricing in the intermountain division, but not in Oregon/Washington. They have a lot more competition in Oregon/Washington so this does not make sense to me.