Mature Life Features

Cecil Scaglione, Editor

Trader Joe’s Just Lost a Customer …

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… and so did Sprouts.

On my weekly jaunt to these two outlets just a few miles up the road from home, I found how much things had changed in such a short time.

There’s been much talk about inflation-driven price increases but it appears that Trader Joe’s has been leading the pack. Prices within its walls have laddered up 10 percent and more since my previous visit so I decided to forego any purchases for a bit and sauntered over to Sprouts.

And found the same pen strokes had settled in their bins and shelves.

After voicing my frustrated observation to a couple I knew who happened to be shopping at the same time, I decided to conduct an experiment. I priced three items in Sprouts and three similar items in Trader Joe’s.

Then I drove to a supermarket near home to compare the prices on similar items. I followed up with a similar visit to another nearby supermarket.

A simple comparison was seedless green grapes — $1.99 a pound in both supermarkets compared with $2.99 – 50 percent more — at the high-end shops.

I may have to return to Trader Joe’s at some point because that’s where my late wife – a black-belt shopper – used to get our olive oil. In the meantime, I’ll look around for a delicatessen or olive-oil shop that will undo any need for a return visit.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

September 25, 2021 at 8:41 am

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