November 14, 2006 at 10:01 am
My local grocery store is such a tease. They used to stock two of my favorite foods, but now they’ve stopped, which is much more annoying than if they’d never carried them in the first place. They giveth and then they taketh away. Who do they think they are, God?
For some reason they no longer carry Popsicle brand sugar-free fudgsicles. Regular fudgsicles, yes. No-sugar-added fudgsicles, no. I tried the generic Kroger brand in a fit of desperation, and ew, that was the most regrettable food decision I’ve made since that time my mom convinced me blue cheese was supposed to be green. The Kroger brand fudgsicles have a layer of cocoa skin on them, sort of like the skin that forms on pudding that’s been in the fridge too long. I know some people like the skin (cannibals), but not me.
My Kroger has also stopped stocking the Lean Cuisine paninis. (Panini is fancy-talk for sandwich.) I love having these for lunch, be it spinach and mushroom, southwestern-style, or chicken club. All hot and delicious, and they used to be right there at the end of the frozen food section, but no more. They’ve stopped carrying them and only stock Lean Cuisine entrees and pizzas. Grrrrrr. I want to have a word with the inventory manager! In a dark alley. While I’m holding a baseball bat.
To add to my ire, they’ve moved the location of the instant oatmeal. Where to? I have no idea. Now I’m going to have to go up and down every aisle looking for a product that was already in a perfectly good location. I feel like I’m in that old game show Supermarket Sweep where contestants have to run around a faux grocery store looking for products based on obscure clues. I haven’t been this discombobulated since they completely reorganized the Meijer stores. How is anyone supposed to find anything? At the very least they should leave a note in the old location telling you where they moved the product to. Or maybe they should just put all their products on a large rotating belt, like the luggage pick-up area in an airport, and all the customers can just stand around and grab things as they see them.
I suppose I’ll have to head over to the Marsh, which is generally more expensive, to see if they stock any of my missing products. Or I could try the *shudder*, Wal-Mart. My local Wal-Mart is kind of depressing though. Plus there’s the whole exploitation and poor treatment of the labor force.