08 Nov2006

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Yahoo!!! Price Smart at the Fort is re-opening November 9, 2006 at 11 am!!! I am really thrilled that someone (the owners of Pure Gold, but it will be run as a separate entity) is raising sr2that phoenix from the ashes. I have had Price Smart withdrawal symptoms since it closed a few months ago. I missed their meat section. I liked their frozen foods section and their fruit. I purchased all our liquid detergent there and of course, Charmin toilet paper. What would life be without massive containers of Q-tips, after all. And where else could you purchase 19,000 calories worth of chocolate in a single aisle? I took a brief tour of the facility a few hours ago so I could see what was going to be on the shelves when it opens tomorrow…

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Under totally new ownership but still linked to Price Smart with a supply arrangement, the new owners apparently acquired these stores just weeks ago and have been rushing to get them ready for a pre-Christmas opening. The shelves aren’t stocked with all the old goodies yet but it sounds like they are well on the way to their glory days. I spotted loads of detergent sr3and paper products, olive oils, peanut butters, drinks and juices, a great new pasta selection from De Cecco, adequate snack foods, chocolates and candies, wines, personal care products, etc. A lot of things are still missing but frankly, they were far better stocked than I would have expected. They were also far better stocked than in the last year of the store’s operations under the previous owners. I understand that things will get better week to week and by February they will have been able to bring in everything they had hoped.

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What was interesting is that they seem to have a broader selection of local and imported sourced items. And that will continue to be their new strategy. De Cecco pasta, for example, is brilliant and brought in by Bacchus, the wine folks…so I am happy it is now sr7available at Price Smart. There were also goods that they were able to rush order and stick on ships on a week’s notice…it takes weeks, after all to get here… so hopefully by December there will be a more impressive selection. I am thrilled that the same meat section will be back in gear by tomorrow with choices ramping up in the weeks ahead. And I was utterly thrilled to see Cornish game hens and ducks in freezers as well as turkeys for Thanksgiving. A lot of the freezers are still empty but they expect to fill them up as refrigerated ship containers make their way across the Pacific Ocean. There were Q-tips, boxes of Crest and right up front, some interesting chocolates and gift packs great for the holidays like Godiva dark chocolate covered pretzels, and bottles of assorted sweets.

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I was also thrilled to see many of the old staff back at work. It says a lot when folks who take over a business go out of their way to keep the same employees. I can’t say the same for the Rustan’s / Shopwise changes going on at the moment…all my sukis sr4at Rustan’s have been fired! If your old S&R card expired between June and October 2006, they will replace it/extend it for free until March 2007; if your card expired later, they extend it even more, I think. I will be at S & R on the first or second day of operations to stock up. It may not be 100% there yet, but I am thrilled they are back on their feet and headed in the right direction. If you could tell S&R Management what items you would want them to stock in the future, what would they be? Mine would be the cheaper than local vitamins, the holiday chocolates and candies, and lots of nice fruit instead of the substandard but cheaply priced stuff flooding us from China. If only they brought in decent butter for baking, a selection of flours, etc… Good luck to S & R’s management and employees!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Lei says:

    I hope they also offer a well stocked Asian section. A nice selection of good cheese and I mean real cheese will also be nice!

    Nov 8, 2006 | 3:02 pm

     
  2. tulip aka pinaygourmand says:

    Wow, this is great! I have always liked S & R on their initial years. I have to replace my membership card then. I just wonder if they will re-open all their branches? Thanks for the info Marketman.

    Nov 8, 2006 | 3:24 pm

     
  3. PatM says:

    My mom and I have been counting the days till they open. So when I saw this post, I called her up and read it to her. What she’d like to see too, are the cheap vitamins. And also the Christmas decors. They used to have a good selection of Christmas stuff and were reasonably priced too.

    Nov 8, 2006 | 3:33 pm

     
  4. joey says:

    Fresh figs! You think they’ll be able to manage that? How I wish! :)

    Nov 8, 2006 | 4:47 pm

     
  5. Marketman says:

    aridelros, actually, I think there is… almost all of the cheese that is locally made is “processed cheese” which is a far cry from “real cheese” in that it has so many added emulsifiers, etc. that prolong shelf life and make it so downright unpalatable…sort of like Mcdonald’s having shakes but not MILK shakes as they have to milk in them at all… However, processed cheese does have cheese in it…albeit the most coomon and made in bulk cheeses. I too, would love to have a decent cheese section at a local grocery. The unpasteurized cheeses from Europe are just stunningly good. Pasteurized cheeses are a second tier option but some of them are still very good. I once got asked what kinds of food shops there should be at Market!Market! by one of its senior managers and I rattled off a list that included: a decent spice shop, a cheesemonger, a proper butcher, a deli, a dried fruit and nut vendor, etc…

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:08 pm

     
  6. nikita says:

    oooohhhh…. S&R!! Just in time for my catering gig ü Market Market does have a spice shop now but it’s quite expensive (compared to Assad) i guess the price comes with the convenience of the venue.

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:15 pm

     
  7. Marketman says:

    Nikita, yes, I have been to that spice shop and like it, and though some choices are pricey, others are incredibly reasonable… We also need a decent tea shop, a coffeeshop (beans), a chocolate shop, candy, etc… Lei, if you are pining for cheese, have you seen an earlier post of mine on this spectacular cheese shop in Amsterdam? Or another post I did on triple cream (my favorite), roquefort and goat cheeses? Enjoy!

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:19 pm

     
  8. edee says:

    MM, is this a wholesale shop? I mean do you need to buy in bulk?

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:35 pm

     
  9. Marketman says:

    edee, actually the concept was that you bought in bulk, but the reality is you can buy in single or two pieces. It’s really more like the European hypermarts but 1/4th as large…on a visit back to Manila you should check one out…

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:40 pm

     
  10. edee says:

    thanks MM, i’m planning to, especially you mentioned that they have De Cecco pasta :)

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:48 pm

     
  11. wysgal says:

    I’d love a selection of DVDs, CDs and books (even just the most mainstream ones). Whenever I’m at Costco, I get myself a free coffee shot, some free chocolates, and peruse their books — voila my own low-cost bookstore!

    Not sure how true this is, but I heard that for the first two weeks of their soft re-opening S&R is allowing non-members to shop.

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:49 pm

     
  12. Marketman says:

    edee, if you are visiting Manila, also try Santis Delicatessen, their largest store on Yakal Street, Terry’s Selection on Pasong Tamo or Podium Mall, Bacchus for wines and pasta/arborio/olive oils if you are searching for more western goods. Of course hit the markets if you need the best local stuff. And S&R is a great place to buy pasalubongs that you don’t have to carry home… Wysgal, I agree books would be great, but I fret over how large of a market there is for that. Cookbooks in the states sometimes retail for just $8-15 at wholesale stores…wouldn’t that be fantastic here?!

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:56 pm

     
  13. edee says:

    i really do hope i could visit most of the stores/market you’ve been featuring here MM,i’m trying to to make a schedule of all our activities when we get home :)
    regarding wsygal’s comment, does it mean that you have to be a member of S&R to be able to shop?

    Nov 8, 2006 | 10:23 pm

     
  14. annesqui says:

    The cakes! That’s what I want them to bring back! Last Christmas we went crazy over their Vanilla Cream bundt cake (P320) and Banana Cake (P160), bought lots to give away, and some to gorge on as we counted down to the New Year. Of course, I paid for the sin with bigger hips. Aarrgh.

    Anyway, I’m still looking forward to these two items, and the Strawberry Cream cake which they took out from the shelves around September last year (because it had a shorter shelf life and was less sellable, they say). But this time I would be more responsible. Hehehe.

    (BTW, I’m talking about PriceSmart Alabang. I haven’t been to the area lately and do not know if like the Makati branch it’s reopening soon.)

    Nov 9, 2006 | 12:16 am

     
  15. LyngFelv says:

    Guilty as charged – as member of 96% club.

    First and foremost I’d like to thank you for this wonderful site you’ve been sharing and not expecting any in return (not even a single ad) but feedback from readers. Two weeks ago, when I was looking for pandesal recipe, I instantly fell in love on your website. Of course the witty and intellectual comments from your readers take an integral part of what a great blogging your site has become. That prompted to print all your post dating back to Jan2006. Serve as my reading material on my flight to RP in two days.
    I’ve been a lurker eversince and intend to be a lurker until your successful EB (CONGRATS!!!) awakened my net insight. You’ve shown your sincerity by posting your family pic (The Kid is so cool) and … touchdown! Coerced to comeout of the closet. Hopeful to contribute from time to time but not in the next 4 weeks.
    It’s so ironic that you’ve posted S&R, very timely. I’m preparing to go back for good (burnt out of corporate world and 22 yrs of rat-race lifestyle),probably in a year or less, and scouting for places like this in replacement for my Costco habit.
    Keep up the good work Mr. MM and thanks to Mrs. MM for the support. Your being giving will come back 10 folds, one way or the other. God Bless.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 12:33 am

     
  16. Joycelyn says:

    Hello, MM!

    I can’t believe it.. Wuhooo..! I share your excitement. So glad S&R is re-opening, and great timing! I agree with everybody they have excellent Christmas and houseware stuff and it was really frustrating to find meat and chicken as fresh as theirs. I also miss the big bags of pecans, the fruits (esp. the seedless watermelon) and flowers but most of all the whole side of “unfrozen” salmon fillet (masakit sa bulsa kung laging Santi’s, eh).

    And I second you on the flour–am hoping unbleached AP flour and will add heavy cream but hope they can sell it at a more reasonable price.

    If I may ask, can you please do a post on cream (or have I missed it in the archives?) And which brand do you recommend? And which type/brand is best for mousses, pies, and general cooking? Thanks, MM! Really appreciate it!

    Have fun shopping tomorrow, MM!

    Nov 9, 2006 | 1:08 am

     
  17. Maria Clara says:

    I wish S&R the very best and hoping they will be consistent with what they put up on their shelves to make the general buying public happy. If the consumers are happy they keep coming back and everyone is happy – rippled effect from management down to the clerks. Have a nice and pleasant shopping days at S&R.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 1:41 am

     
  18. Rampau says:

    Wow! I wonder how much the typical family will spend in that supermart. I know I try and avoid Costco since I never leave there without spending at least $300 and all on stuff that I end up not using since everything is so huge. I’m glad though that Filipinos have the choice but I guess only those that have lots of money.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 3:13 am

     
  19. mia says:

    do you really buy the charmin toilet paper? even here in the states, this brand has become so expensive i’ve opted for the cheaper variety since it’s literally money going down the drain. how much does a big pack cost at S&R?

    Nov 9, 2006 | 4:20 am

     
  20. pinky says:

    Being away from the Phils for almost 2 decades, I’mm justfinding out that Manila now has several warehouse retail clubs. Filipino consumer’s taste has evolved so much. Interestingly enough, even their preference on bathroom tissue brand. I echo Mia’s comment, the Charmin brand has gotten expensive.
    MM said that he does not spend a lot on food, so he deserves nothing but the best to take care of the bottom end.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 4:55 am

     
  21. Marketman says:

    edee, yes, S&R requires membership at PHP700 or USD14 for one year. In the old days, they sometime allowed non-members to shop but added a 3% premium on at the till. I still find them to be quite reasonably priced, however. For me, not having to pay a parking fee of PHP40 every time I go makes the annual fee a total bargain compared to shopping at mall groceries. annesqui, I understand the cakes are coming, the cakes are coming! During my pre-opening visit yesterday there were people busy in the bakery section. And yes, some of their cakes are surprisingly good and good value… aridelros, you gotta try it to believe it. The next time you have a friedn of relative return from a major western city, ask them to bring you a triple cream cheese and eat that beside velveeta, it will be a revelation. LyngFelv…you printed nearly a year’s worth of posts?! Yipes…welcome to the fold… Joycelyn, you’ve nailed it on the head, NO ONE CARRIES a GOOD HEAVY CREAM in this country… I end up suing the tetra pak imported pasteurized creams and they aren’t that good… As for branches, S&R at the Fort is the first to open, to be followed by other branches in the next few weeks. By December, all four branches will be open… Rampau, yes, the bills can be large but for the local market, they seem to have broken up the packaging so for many food items, you can buy them in singles or doubles instead of by half-dozen. Mia and Pinky, et al, if you have been a LONG TIME reader of the blog, you will know I have a Charmin fixation. See the link here. It’s definitely worth a click and a read. Heeheehee. After you read that link, then go to this one on IBS, or “Itchy Butt Syndrome.” Another good laugh.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 6:39 am

     
  22. Jaja says:

    Yey! this is good news! =) Will they be opening the Pizza and Hotdog stall as well? I sure do hope they do=) thanks for sharing the news MM!

    Nov 9, 2006 | 9:14 am

     
  23. Marketman says:

    Jaja et al… the folks at S & R have sent me a private email… in answer to the questions above… how exciting indeed: they will have cheeses including parmigianno reggiano, grana padano, pecorino, asiago, spanish manchego, emmenthal and gruyere…more varieties to come. But that is a brilliant start. They will have christmas decors galore; purchased from a recent buying trip in the U.S., Joey, miracle of miracles, I would never have guessed, but they said “figs are out of season now, but when they are in season, we will try to bring them in.” For now, they are looking to bring dried figs in a couple of weeks. Geez, I will ask them to email me and Joey if they do bring in figs!!! And Jaja, yes, the hotdogs and pizza stall will be back in operation too!

    Nov 9, 2006 | 9:28 am

     
  24. Lei says:

    aridelros, hi! yes MM understood my sentiment perfectly. My pet peeve is that because we belong to a third world country, the local cheese you can buy from the grocery is so disappointing. I don’t know if this is accurate, in fact if you read carefully, I think what you can see stamped after the brand name is something like ‘pasteurized processed cheesefood’. By using ‘cheesefood’ I think already implies that the content is not good/pure enough to qualify being labelled as cheese or whatever variety of cheese there is like feta, brie, monterey jack, camembert, mozzarella, blue cheese, etc. My hubby and I understand that the market is also driven by the general public but I hope our folks get to taste and appreciate a good cheese.

    MM, I followed your European food related anecdotes religiously last summer. I was so green with envy seeing those pictures of wheels and wheels of cheese. Hubby is also a cheese fanatic and we have vowed to stuff our hand carry with cheese when given an opportunity.

    Btw, I was watching the Lifestyle Network last sunday and they were showcasing trips to Italy wherein instead of the usual tourist stops, one goes on a food related trip to Italy. Now, that will be a trip worth saving every penny for.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 9:53 am

     
  25. Mila says:

    That is great news, especially the cheese selection. And figs! Hmm, how about asking S&R for real yogurt (not that sweetened liquidy stuff you find in the groceries here, but thick, unsweetened stuff. Joey knows the name of the greek yogurt we were hankering for.), a wider selection of honey, vinegars and oils (walnut oil!).
    Peaches! Really good ones though, not the unripe stones. Sigh. That might be too much to ask though.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 9:59 am

     
  26. acidboy says:

    on a business point of view, i really hope this wholesale, american warehouse-style of retailing be sustainable.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 11:32 am

     
  27. Didi says:

    I’m so happy they’re opening again! My mom is already super excited! We both love to walk the lanes all the time! My mom loves it so much that she visits 2-3 times a week! I miss the Pricesmart brand of bathroom tissues, the pizza, hotdog, roasted chicken, the numerous vitamins, the imported shampoos and lotions and a whole lot more!!! I’m so glad they’re opening today!! Yehaaa!!!!

    Nov 9, 2006 | 12:06 pm

     
  28. socky says:

    I’d love to have the equivalent of New York’s Zabar here! Coming into Zabar, being overwhelmed by the aroma of fresh coffee beans, the wide selection of “real”cheeses, the glint of little kitchen gadgets… wow, it’s like being hugged by one big jewish momma.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 12:20 pm

     
  29. pinky says:

    MM, I just discovered your blog by accident this summer. Ooooh, so you do have a fetish for Charmin. I don’t blame you, though, you get the quality that you pay for. BTW, have you discovered those flushable toilet wipes? Those are good too. We use those when we go camping and I always keep a pack handy at work (commercial restrooms are not equipped with bidets, hi-jets, nor tabo) The Kleenex Cottonelle brand is the most popular but a bit pricey so we always buy the Wal-mart brand. Are they available at S&R?

    Butt jokes aside, I do have ambivalent feelings about those huge stores though, I like them for the variety, the convenience, and maybe low price (on some items) when buying in bulk. However, I also feel for those small entrepreneurs like Aling Luming @ the corner sari-sari store where you can get the almost anything on credit sans interest (listahan to be paid at end of the month)

    Nov 9, 2006 | 12:36 pm

     
  30. linda says:

    MM,speaking about decent butter,if you can get your hands on Lurpak Danish Butter,you should try it,it was voted the world’s best butter in years 1998 and 2000.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 1:38 pm

     
  31. joey says:

    Mila! Thank goodness you mentioned it! MM, if the can get Fage Greek yogurt I will buy it by the truckload! Eat it by the truckload too :)

    Nov 9, 2006 | 3:10 pm

     
  32. Marketman says:

    linda, actually they have lurpak here but I find even that doesn’t bake up well…maybe it is the water content or something. Or maybe I just can’t bake… Joey, greek yoghurt is a good one. I just got back from S&R and it was pandemonium! I am glad they are back (under new owners) with a vengeance. Good luck to them!!!

    Nov 9, 2006 | 4:44 pm

     
  33. Mila says:

    That’s the one Joey. MM, pls tell S&R that they have at least 2 customers who will buy yogurt by the gallon if it’s the greek, unsweetened kind. They can google Fage and find out what they need to set up for shipping and storage reqs.

    Nov 9, 2006 | 5:21 pm

     
  34. Ann says:

    hi! where exactly is S&R located at the fort? it will be my first time to go…and judging from your stories, i’m sure i’m going to have a blast! thanks!

    Nov 9, 2006 | 7:05 pm

     
  35. Marketman says:

    It is near the large Home Depot store, at the Northern part of the Fort…you won’t miss it, it’s out in the open with lots of signage…

    Nov 9, 2006 | 7:41 pm

     
  36. manilastreetwalker says:

    Just went to openning today and S & R I could have sworn, it smelled like Costco. And I love their numerous food samples (the cheapskate in me!) Oh, thank gawd they have Hungarian sausages, too bad no Polish ones though…Paging S & R…

    Nov 9, 2006 | 8:20 pm

     
  37. Candygirl says:

    MM, did you see some ghirardelli chocolate chips in 2.2 lbs/1 kg bags?

    Nov 9, 2006 | 11:49 pm

     
  38. ginny says:

    I will also buy the Greek yoghurt Mila and Joey clamor for…that’s 3 good relaible buyers now.

    Nov 10, 2006 | 1:54 am

     
  39. Marketman says:

    Candygirl, they had some Chirardelli chocolates, but I didn’t notice baking chocolate chips…

    Nov 10, 2006 | 5:57 am

     
  40. lee says:

    Pay for a one year membership. Shop a little once in a while. Eat free food samples everyday.

    Nov 11, 2006 | 10:26 am

     
  41. marta says:

    I am so happy that S&R opened again! I went yesterday and it felt so good to just walk the aisles and see what they had. Their rib eye steak from Montana is quite good, considering the price is great! I was thrilled to see cornish hens and salmon once again. And of course, my kids loaded up on the apple pie and chocolate chip cookies. Q-tips! I was getting desperate as I was down to my last pack! Told my dad about the store today and he too went rushing after lunch to visit. Thanks for telling us about the re-opening. I wish them all the best. Also, I was so glad to see the old staff smiling away!

    Nov 11, 2006 | 5:28 pm

     
  42. mel says:

    How much is the membership fee?

    Thanks

    Nov 17, 2006 | 10:55 pm

     
  43. Marketman says:

    mel, I think it is PHP700 per year. Which, if you go 20 times, is already your savings + more on Mall parking fees…

    Nov 18, 2006 | 8:32 am

     
  44. kulasa says:

    Ha ha. Just tried S&R Alabang today. They actually extend your card for four months from the expiry date of your old Pricemart card! They had cakes and all these Godiva chocos! Got myself some good old water goblets 11 oz at 6 pcs for just PHP189, some De Cecco pasta, some…. Hubby Kulas was all smiles, but was a bit disappointed they didn’t have free coffee for early shoppers like the old days. They still need to add more stuff but it’s on it’s way. BTW, supplmentary cards are PHP400 per year.

    Nov 19, 2006 | 12:54 pm

     
  45. celery says:

    how much is membership at s&r? never been there… but i’m imagining its like costco, which i just love. just walking around and looking at all the things you can buy.

    hope someone responds! :)

    Jan 25, 2007 | 1:57 pm

     
  46. Marketman says:

    celery, I am not sure what the exact amount is but I think it is roughly PHP700 for an annual single membership or roughly USD15. It is worth it, as far as I am concerned…

    Jan 25, 2007 | 4:32 pm

     
  47. Lawrence says:

    Very informative, Marketman! I would like to know (1) do they (or anyone else) have a consistent supply of US/Australian/European frozen meat (and what type) and (2) how about organic veggies from the Philippines or elsewhere? I was unable to find much of either on my last trip to Manila. Thanks for any info you can provide. Your site is a great resource to balikbayans who want to keep up with developments at home.

    Apr 2, 2007 | 9:44 am

     
  48. Marketman says:

    Lawrence, yes, S&R Price has a steady stream of Australian Beef and Lamb, also American top quality beef, duck, foie, etc. Santis delicatessen has both american and Australian, lamb and beef. Terry’s selection likewise has imported meats. Organic veggies are available but not that easy to find. Most are greenhouse raised so lack flavor. Some are raised traditionally and look like they are organic… However, in general, we are way behind the curve compared to the west with regards true organic produce. I have over 1000 posts in the archives, if you are new to the site, take the time to browse as many of your questions may already have been answered… unfortunately, my search function sucks but if you persevere, you may find interesting reads…

    Apr 2, 2007 | 9:51 am

     
  49. Lawrence says:

    Thank you once again. You have given out some very useful leads. I find it interesting that you didn’t mention chicken; someone mentioned game hens above. Was that just an oversight, or is frozen chicken not imported for some reason?

    I will try to dig up your organic-related posts. I expect many returning OFWs care about this issue, since they may have been exposed to organic food choices in other countries. Hopefully the resulting economic demand will prompt more organic farming in the Philippines.

    Apr 2, 2007 | 10:21 am

     
  50. Marketman says:

    We don’t import much chicken, though I wish we would…the local ones can leave something wanting. However, there are organically raised pamora free-range chickens for sale that are superb by local standards. I also sometimes find capons from a supplier that does it as a hobby. Sometimes S&R carries cornish game hens, imported, that are quite good. And there are commercial turkeys at around 12 pounds in the groceries, though I like the large organic ones… Check archives for Gil Carandang/Herbana Farms where I get lots of my organically grown herbs and other unusual ingredients…

    Apr 2, 2007 | 11:22 am

     
  51. Lawrence says:

    Thanks, I’ll remember the pamora chickens. I assume I can find those in various higher end stores. I will look for the hens at S&R too.

    I found your page on Gil’s Herbana operation. I always wonder how honest the organic label is in Manila, especially since the vendor himself often does not know. I figure that at worst it’s the same as normal veggies, so on average, it’s probably an improvement. Here is the link for other readers’ benefit:

    http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/gil-carandag-organic-produce-saturday-salcedo-market

    Unfortunately, the Herbana Farms link at the bottom of the blog entry no longer works. http://www.herbanafarms.com is working, though, and shows the actual farms.

    Apr 2, 2007 | 1:02 pm

     
  52. Aries says:

    I just visited S & R yesterday, but couldn’t find the pamora chicken. Where can i buy those local produced free-range organic chicken?
    Thank you for your assistance Market Manila

    May 23, 2007 | 9:44 pm

     
  53. Marketman says:

    Aries, you can get the pamoras either at Terry’s Selection on Pasong Tamo or at a stall in the open market area of the Market!Market! Mall in Fort Bonifacio…they are near the rice vendor.

    May 25, 2007 | 9:34 pm

     
  54. solraya says:

    Aries, you can call Pamora Farm 811-1580 (they have a new office no. that always escapes me, anyway they will tell you the new no.) to inquire who among her dealers are nearest to you :)

    Jun 7, 2007 | 4:42 pm

     
  55. Joy says:

    How can I become S&R member? My brother in law told me that you have to present a business permit and pay a fee in order to become a member. Is it true? I don’t have a business

    Jun 9, 2007 | 12:54 am

     
  56. Marketman says:

    Joy, you do NOT need to be a business to join S&R. Just pay the P700 or so annual membership fee to join. They do have what is acalled a business membership, but it is not necessary that you have a business permit.

    Jun 9, 2007 | 11:07 am

     
  57. Kat says:

    Hi, what are the shop hours of Pricesmart? ;) Thanks

    Jul 4, 2007 | 3:02 pm

     
  58. Marketman says:

    Kat, I am not sure but they seem to open by 930am and stay open until early evening…

    Jul 4, 2007 | 6:03 pm

     
  59. ryan says:

    Do pricesmart philippines have a website? Do you guys have their email address? I had myself enrolled in their paranaque branch near Mall of asia. I was hoping to find nonni’s biscotti. Unfortunately, i did not find one. huhu.

    Sep 7, 2007 | 9:10 am

     
  60. Christine Cox says:

    I am also interested in the e-mail and contact number of S&R. I want to find out who bakes their cookies because I can use them for my store. Thanks!

    Oct 31, 2007 | 12:40 pm

     
  61. doccat says:

    Are Firs available in S&R? My distributor has stopped importing these this year. I wonder where I can have one for Xmas…

    How about baby yoghurts?

    Nov 6, 2007 | 6:43 pm

     
  62. Nat says:

    i would like to tell my parents in cavite about S&R… (my mom constantly asks me to send her Qtips from here in the states) where are they located?

    Jan 8, 2008 | 12:32 pm

     
  63. Marketman says:

    Nat, they have branches in Baclaran, fronting the Baclaran church roughly. Also, a big one in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig. Also in Alabang.

    Jan 8, 2008 | 1:30 pm

     
  64. rowena m beloso says:

    Hi!
    do you have any contact number of S&R, any branch? I’m looking for a square, plain white set of Corelle dining ware and they’ve run out of stocks at the Fort.. would like to call in and ask before going..
    Thanks!

    Mar 18, 2008 | 1:32 pm

     
  65. marisol molina says:

    Hi!
    do you have any contact number of S&R alabang branch?Im going to ask, how much is membership fee,and if they are renewable annually?Pls. be inform us!
    Thanks!

    Jun 26, 2008 | 2:25 pm

     
  66. Jay says:

    Hey!

    O I go there to shop for spam! Best price at the moment. Unfortunately I can’t find my regular food items in there. Their skim milk is of poor quality. I hope they can replace their brand with something better like paul’s for instance. The one they carry has poor packaging/seal and very short shelf life.

    Jul 31, 2008 | 8:49 am

     
  67. Cher says:

    anybody knows the store hours?

    Aug 17, 2008 | 6:15 pm

     
  68. Jay says:

    hi,
    just want to ask you guys that if you have some comments about the product and service S&R give when you purchase TIRES from them. and also please specify which branch you’re describing thanks for your help.

    Aug 19, 2008 | 5:41 pm

     
  69. katey says:

    i just want to share my experience at S&R fort… every week dito ao nag shopping but last saturday, nasagasaan ako ng Sportivo na SUV at their parking lot… 10 years bago sila magpadala ng first aid, ako pa tumawag ng ambulance (since i live at fort so i have their number), and the guards ran away from me when i was under the wheel…. worst, when first aid finally came, gusto ba naman buhusan ng alcohol yung open wound !!!!(hello?????!!!!!)

    IT WAS SO DISAPPOINTING!!! hindi man lang nag offer to pay for my medical bills (in fact not even a follow up from them)

    MM, what should i do??? mabuti na lang at very calm at may little knowledge ako sa first aid, coz theirs was useless!!!

    Aug 20, 2008 | 10:52 pm

     
  70. Marketman says:

    Katey, that is a terrible experience! First of all, I wasn’t there, so a lot of my comments are based on your post. I assume you were hit by a Sportivo in the S&R parking lot. If so, the driver of the Sportivo and owner of that car are WHO you should go after. They should be the ones who are liable for the accident and should pay for ALL of your MEDICAL expenses. If you have their plate number and name, you should be able to claim against them. As for the guards and first aid, that is disappointing, however I think the main villain is the car that hit you. You may want to contact the manager of S&R, send a letter, clearly detail the situation, and seek the following:
    1. A clear if possible incident report from the guards 2. A statement from any guards/staff who saw you. 3. Assistance in contacting the driver/party that hit you. You may also want to tell them that their first aid response was left wanting… But the folks that SHOULD have the bulk of the liability are the ones who caused the accident. I hope you are recovering from your injuries, and again, I am so sorry to hear about the accident!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 7:31 am

     
  71. kristle ann s.telles says:

    how will i be member of S & R???
    please do email me about the details
    thank you for your kindly consideration

    Aug 28, 2008 | 8:19 pm

     
  72. Marketman says:

    jo anne, your comment was moderated and deleted as a it was a specific complaint against a specific employee. I am not privy to the situation, so I suggest you contact the company directly and outline the issues at hand. It is hard for anyone to put employee names on a public complaint when the situation is not verifiable by a third party. Please contact the firm directly, rather than using this post as the vehicle…

    Sep 3, 2008 | 8:30 pm

     
  73. abi says:

    hi, can i ask if you guys have a contact number or webpage of S&R? thanks thanks……..

    Sep 16, 2008 | 9:56 am

     
  74. marilyn ordonia says:

    I’m from Subic, and opening a deli soon, please furnish me copies of prices of all your food products.My office number is:(047)2235635, 09289821279

    Oct 6, 2008 | 8:01 pm

     
  75. marilyn ordonia says:

    please email your food products, i am interested to get my food products from you.

    More power,
    Marilyn Ordonia
    Corporate secretary for SBFZ-Australi Deli
    Address:Magellan’s Landing, Argonaut Drive, SBFZ

    Oct 6, 2008 | 8:04 pm

     
  76. hannah says:

    slim jim beef jerky, cheerios and imported beer!!

    Nov 8, 2008 | 4:41 pm

     
  77. Mica Chua says:

    Mr MM,
    Im just so disappointed with the pretzel with sweet cream filling they sell at S&R. Before it was so good like the real pretzel. But after a fews weeks it wasn’t as good anymore. Na change na quality of the bread. Before it was dark and shiny like a pretzel. Now its like a pandesal already! S&R should maintain the quality of the food or products they sell, right? Need to know what happened. Thank you

    Nov 25, 2008 | 5:28 pm

     
  78. Emmanuel says:

    Please advise where the office of S&R (full contacts), I’m from Jeddah and coming home this week,, am leaving in CAvite,, I want to be a member of S&R

    Dec 3, 2008 | 4:46 pm

     
  79. 22loy says:

    Ya, MM. Covered ng CTPL (compulsory third party liability, the coverage needed to register the car) yung mga bangga sa tao. Walang deductible on the insured’s part kung third party.

    Jan 1, 2009 | 11:47 pm

     
  80. 22loy says:

    Jan 1, 2009 | 11:48 pm

     
  81. john west says:

    I know you are a lot like CosTco in US,do you carry folgers coffee,and have pharmacy and carry excedrin,I am going to states and sure would save me a box or 2 if you have a lot of items,I didn’t see item list? tks john

    Jan 26, 2009 | 5:17 pm

     
  82. john west says:

    do you have pharmacy? do you have a list of goods sold in your store? john

    Jan 26, 2009 | 5:39 pm

     
  83. Melo says:

    can someone email me the contact numbers of any S&R?

    thanks

    Mar 25, 2009 | 8:38 pm

     
  84. jasper says:

    i love s&r

    Jun 6, 2009 | 10:29 am

     
  85. jocelyn chua says:

    can someone kindly email the contact name n number of s&r
    headoffice/purchasing office??? thank u very much

    Jun 25, 2009 | 3:40 pm

     
  86. gulay says:

    how much po ba membership sa s & r alabang?, thanks

    Jun 29, 2009 | 2:31 pm

     
  87. Hours of Operation says:

    What are the days and hours of operation

    Jul 12, 2009 | 9:06 am

     
  88. pao says:

    my dog foods b clang tinda?
    from hi-end brands down to the cheapest one
    anu2x brand?
    anung branch po nearest s bulacan?

    Jul 21, 2009 | 1:52 pm

     
  89. Geo says:

    Hi Guys,

    May I know the website and/or contact details of S&R? And how much is the membership? I am interested to be a member as well. You may also email me these details.

    Thanks.

    Aug 3, 2009 | 9:34 am

     
  90. Juliet M. Reyes says:

    How to be a member of S&R, the membership fee, and how many person/s allowed to come in your store, before Makro stores opened they allowed 2 persons

    Sep 17, 2009 | 9:51 am

     
 

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