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 that 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 tomorrowâ€¦
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 arenâ€™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 and 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 storeâ€™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.
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 folksâ€¦so I am happy it is now available at Price Smart. There were also goods that they were able to rush order and stick on ships on a week’s noticeâ€¦it takes weeks, after all to get hereâ€¦ 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.
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 canâ€™t say the same for the Rustanâ€™s / Shopwise changes going on at the momentâ€¦all my sukis at Rustanâ€™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 & Râ€™s management and employees!