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TELL US: Where Do You Get Your Groceries These Days?

A recent Boston Globe article noted that Shaw's is struggling against low-priced competition. Do you shop at Shaw's or somewhere else in the area?

Recently, a Boston Globe article noted that Shaws Supermarkets have been having a hard time keeping up with lower-priced competitors such as Market Basket and Stop & Shop.

The article noted that the supermarket chain has seen its New England market share fall from 19 to 11% in New England since 2006, while also seeing a $1.5 billion sales decline in that period. The company was reportedly started in 1860 but things apparently started heading south with a series of corporate acquisitions starting in the late 1980s. In the Globe article, customer satisfaction and high prices were cited as leading factors for Shaw's.

While there's no Shaws in Westford, there's one just a minute over the border in Groton, and one just up Route 3 in Nashua along with the four other local supermarkets we used to track in the weekly Grocery Hunt, various other convenience stores and grocery stories further away, and of course, the new Market Basket.

Today, we want to ask you if you shop at Shaw's, and if not, are their prices keeping you away?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Steven Sadowski January 31, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Margo: I believe that we live our lives politically--or more specifically: ideologically. For example, if one is a vegetarian, is concerned about recycling, fracking, pesticides and economic injustice, chances are that person is a liberal, even if they don't vote. It's also safe to assume that they favor strong unions and wealth redistribution through regulations and graduated tax rates. What we believe, Margo, determines what we buy and what we drive. So when I see a Prius with an Obama sticker on it, I know that person made a conscious decision to buy a certain car and put a certain sticker on it. And I find it funny when it's at MB because MB is non-union and wouldn't such a person care that their money is bypassing the proletariat and heading straight to corporate? That's all, just observing the hypocrisy.
Amber January 31, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Although, to be fair, one could be budget-conscious in their car purchase given current gas prices and still not be a liberal. :) I shop at MB, and supplement with occasional trips to Wegmans in Northboro for allergy-free food items MB refuses to carry. Wine prices at Wegmans are dirt cheap, too.
Steven Sadowski January 31, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Amber; This is true. Good point! I saw somewhere, where a man used his Prius in NJ when Sandy hit to power his home by reversing the alternator. If you really want to save gas and go off the grid, buy a diesel and make your own biodiesel fuel from old fry-a-lator waste. Most of the restaurants have to pay to get rid of it, so they'll dump it off on you for free. I know my next truck is going to be a diesel---or (shall I dare to dream...) a natural gas powered truck.
KarenL January 31, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Well, not everyone is an idealogue who buys any particular party or candidate's platform hook, line and sinker.
Steven Sadowski February 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Karen: Of course. Not many people live their lives so dogmatically that they never deviate from their party platform and most of those people are in cults. But generally speaking, we tend to align our philosophies into our everyday transactions.

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