Shoppers does manage to clean their stores up nicely, however other stores just don't look as good and well-maintained.storewanderer wrote: ↑May 11th, 2019, 11:22 pm I got to go into a single Shoppers this week.
It was exactly how I remembered Shoppers.
The store was clean and orderly. Well maintained, bright, the physical plant was in great shape. The decor was probably modern in 2005 but still looks fine. There was a good amount of traffic in the store. Perimeter areas were organized and staffed. Pricing was pretty marginal overall; some fair prices mixed along a lot of not very good prices (maybe not quite as bad as Safeway or Food Lion who seem to be the two high price leaders at this time, even higher than Harris Teeter on a lot of center store which is a shock). Produce was especially terrible in price, but looked fine.
Was surprised to see they have even updated to EMV Contactless for payment processing. All of the grocers out west on that NCR register system are still using the older MSD Contactless (the thing that is being phased out and caused JCP to stop accepting any Contactless).
Nearby this store was a Food Lion and a Weis. This Shoppers was by far the busiest of the three. The Food Lion was the nicest Food Lion I've ever seen as far as the physical plant goes (exposed ceilings, ( ) shaped aisles and checkout area) with the usual Food Lion perimeter - very limited. I was really surprised how high Food Lion's prices were. But that is for another thread.
About the decor - Shoppers did remodel those stores recently, albeit it's a really bland SuperValu-inspired package with no character whatsoever. It slightly bases itself on the classic warehouse look though it'd be hard to discern. As for what it means for the chain - I hope this may be a good sign for them at least.
Oddly for those Food Lion stores, constructed in the mid-2000s they remodeled most of these one/two years after opening regardless of banner. Quite odd, eh?