Dan, I didn’t say GG has scanners throughout the store. They have one scanner. It’s on the front wall between the frozen cases and the candy section. That’s one more customer scanner than Brach’s has. Now that GG is expanding into the dry cleaning store, I hope they’ll add more scanners.
For those complaining about milk that spoils too soon, I only buy milk at Costco. They’ve figured out that keeping the milk properly cold during delivery to the store and while in the store keeps it fresh much longer than all other stores. Great example – I bought a gallon of milk in mid February – the expiration date was approx. 16 days later! I will tell you I still used the milk 5 weeks after I bought it – it was still good. I use it mostly for coffee, and if it’s bad, it obviously curdles. So I know 100% that the milk was still good.
As long as someone has mentioned special needs, I’d like to request that people who can walk should not be parking in handicapped spots. It is illegal, inconsiderate, and may cause injuries to those that desparately need and rely on these spots. B”H, Brachs has plenty of parking. On the few extremely crowded occasions when there are no spots, either park on the street, and walk a bit further, fight it out at Seasons, GG or KW or get to Brachs just before they open when you should be able to find parking.
There are many families in the 5 Towns that would greatly benefit from the addition of shopping carts for children with special needs. Grocery shopping in pleasant establishments such as Brach’s is both a privilege and a necessity, however accessibility is often a concern for parents of these special children. I would love to see handicap accessible carts such as Caroline’s Cart in local stores. Can we make this happen? Tizku L’itzvos!
It would be nice if the weekly specials were posted so that they could be browsed right after shabbat. I often get the expired-ad notice until I have to leave for my Sunday morning shopping. Brach’s is a shlep from where I live and so I guide myself, based upon their specials, as to whether it’s worth the time and gas.
I love the store and the fruits and vegetables are fresh and reasonable. The only problem is the prices. They are either not marked or if they are, the prices do not match the scanners. You really have to watch while everything is being scanned. The sale items sometimes do not ring correctly at the cash register.
Yehuda, If Gourmet Glatt has scanners throughout the store, I wouldn’t know where they are. I’ev never seen them. Gourmet Glatt has a HUGE parking problem. The lot is always crowded; the lanes are way too narrow, and for the mitzvah of hassling to find the far-away spot, you can pay for that, too. That’s one of the reasons why Brach’s wins. I agree, thoug that a few scanners throughout the store would help but a price tag helps even more. But, then again, workers would spend more time tagging all the items and they would have to pay them more, and in the end, the prices would be higher!
The “Mystery Price” situation is always very troublesome. Brach’s isn’t the only culprit, but as often as not I’ll simply not buy an item when the price is in question. Perhaps they could invest in some scanners around the store to allow customers to self-check.
Otherwise, I like Brach’s and travel all the way from Long Beach.
Excellent store large selection. The owners truly aim to please. The fish department has high quality selection. Also meat and appetizer department delicious and accommodating. The white shul serves the most varied and tasty Herring tuna and salads each week from Brachs and Brachs very reasonable prices and good food when catering Thank you.
Dan, you say that other stores in the area don’t have customer scanners but both Gourmat Glatt and Kosher World do (and I suspect Seasons will when it finally reopens — their Queens store does). It’s far cheaper to install scanners than to tag every item. Between the mystery prices and the milk that always seems to spoil, I find myself going to Brachs much less than I used to.
Spoilage occurs in several ways – There were a few times when there was a power outage & frozen food defrosted and refroze. The only way I could tell was that the Rich whip was not hard as it should be. Generally, don’t buy freezer items that are sven slightly soft or have frozen crystals on the packages. At the deli, a hint that something might be spoiled is i fthey have too much of it left at the end of the day; esp. for a “fast moving” item. Dairy items, esp. milk are hard to determine. Often, the ,ilk has been left outside on the hot pavement in the summer between the plant and the time the store actually takes it in and finally puts it in the fridge. So, the expiration date on milk is not telling you teh full story. You’re just guessing.
On the positive side, I find Brach’s prices Very Good, compared to some other Kosher Places, When Costco first started selling Kosher Meat their Prices were good, but now the prices there, are on the Higher side. One the negative side you have to watch when you check out,ar Brach’s prices many times are wrong at the checkout, higher in Brach’s favor, and many times dairy items are expired or moldy . A couple of times my Schul purchased Kugels for Kiddush, and they were spoiled.
Shalom – I think you miss the practical point. It would be nice all the 5 Towns stores could compete their chicken & meat prices with Costco. But, compare the volume that Costco buys with the local store, and you can understand that it won’t and can’t happen. Besides, al the kosher stores sell far more kosher products than Costco carries, anyway. Additionally, Costco only sells giant packages, and many people don’t want to buy or pay for 20 lbs. of chicken parts at one time.
In short, we need both Costco as well as Brach’s, Seasons and Gourmet Glatt.
Furthermore, Shalom, your priority is backwards. I’d rather have Costco continue selling to the goyim and have teh goyim buy in Brach’s, Gourmet Glatt and Seasons as well and keep EVERYONE in business!
Putting a priec tag on the item is far cheaper than putting customer price scanners throughout sucha large store. It’s impractical. I don’t know of any neighborhood competing store that has customer price scanners. Perhaps, if you really knew what the price was, you wouldn’t buy it in the first place. By th etime you have the item on the check-out counter, you’re more likely to buy it, anyway. And, if even then you don’t want it, you can always say, “No” to the cashier.
Maybe my understanding of the chickenas an animal is lacking! But, I never knew that chickens have either fingers or breasts. And, regarding cuts of meat, I REALLY don’t understand 2 cuts I see advertised – “Chulent meat” – if I never eat chulent, what cut of meat is this? And “Shabbes meat” – is “Shabbes” a cut of meat, like “flanken”, “top of rib”? ANd what if I want it in the middle of tyhe week, or is that assur?
Buy your meats at Costco. Higher quality, better prices. These guys have been stealing from us for years let them try selling to goyim at these prices. I would rather Brachs, Gourmet Glatt, and Supersol all go out of business rather than Costco.
Quality varies based on when you go. Be warned, though. Make sure frozen items are really frozen and as recently stocked as possible. I went there a few times and found the frozen whipped cream container soft. I asked the maanger what happened; he said they had a power outage for half a day. Nu? And you don’t warn anyone or take the old items out of the freezer, but sell them that way??? No apologies; no comment. I’m not impressed by that!