Monday, February 26, 2018

Look Inside: Met Foods - Guttenberg, NJ

I've already talked about how the furthest-behind supermarket group around here is Metropolitan City Foods, a division of Associated Supermarket Group that runs Met Foods and Pioneer Supermarkets stores. I won't go into that too much here, but this store is typical of an outdated MCF location.
It's the farthest north on our tour and the only one in tiny Guttenberg. On Bergenline Ave between 68th and 69th Streets, the nicest thing about this supermarket is its awning.
Not sure about the spelling of "pinacle". If they mean the highest point, then it should be "pinnacle". I doubt it's someone's name, but I could be wrong. It's a surprisingly non-Hispanic store in this very Hispanic neighborhood. The hot food bar is more of the meatloaf and mac & cheese persuasion than arroz con pollo and carne asada. You walk in on the left side to the dairy aisle, strangely enough, and the back wall contains hot food, deli, meat, and seafood. Frozen foods are in the last aisle and a tiny produce department is jammed up into the front corner.
The inside is your typical urban ethnic supermarket, except not ethnic. It was not particularly new, clean, or organized, but the one employee I interacted with was very friendly and helpful (in the simple task of finding a circular).
Old and new price signs right next to each other. Both of these prices are rather high. It mostly gets better from here, so stay tuned for a Snapshot on Wednesday of the next store, Selectos of West New York!

9 comments:

  1. I get the feeling this type of store is one patronized by hipsters, which might explain the weirdness.

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    1. What the heck? What do you mean, Tim? I'm kinda laughing here... It's a good point.

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    2. I'm not sure about that, Tim. It's not so hipster--no organic anything, very limited fresh selections. Feels more like a 1950s store. What made you say that?

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    3. The fact that it's a non-ethnic store in an ethnic neighborhood made me suspicious of it being a hipster paradise. Of course, the giant typo on the awning probably doesn't help it's neighborhood rep, most likely...

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    4. Unfortunately, just old-fashioned. And you're probably right about the awning!

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  2. A very significant store for me-- I didn't realize you'd be covering it! My grandfather actually worked in this store for the longest time when my father was growing up. I didn't realize it was a Met!

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    1. Cool! I don't know how long it's been a Met for, but I bet it wasn't much different back when your grandfather worked here!

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    2. It doesn't seem much different from back then! He kinda gave me my love for retail. He was working in supermarkets all his life, and when he shopped, he always had criticism for the people working there!

      I'm actually channeling my passion for retail into a new supermarket idea... lets just say, it's a small supermarket with big supermarket selection, and service departments.

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