Pascagoula has a new Sav A Lot. At first glance, the prices look fantastic. Almost everything is lower priced, and you fill up your shopping cart and carry home your bounty.
It’s at home that the cut rate price begins to show up.
Fresh vegetables and milk were the first items that the difference in quality were obvious. When the day of expiration on the milk arrived, it had already soured, despite being kept in the refrigerator at the proper temperature. Carrots, only three days after purchase, already had some seriously slimy and moldy ones among them.
On my second trip to the store, I noticed a freezer case containing items for their “5 for $20” special had its contents thawed, and I brought it to an employee’s attention. Three days later, in the store again, the same case still has thawed food, squished and all. The food inside was still “5 for $20” too.
I’m not thrilled with a store where the temperatures of the frozen food aren’t kept low enough to even keep it frozen. Add in refrigerated items that don’t keep as long as their own expiration dates, and I’m suspicious about how the products are being handled. I wonder about how often not only the store’s employees check freezer and refrigerator temperatures, but how often the manager even does a walk through to check on their employees. In addition, I was under the misconception that there were state and federal regulations about how frozen and refrigerated food was handled by both wholesalers and retailers in the grocery industry. Obviously, this newly opened store could not possibly pass any kind of a thorough inspection with a freezer case that isn’t keeping the contents frozen.
We are all trying to save money on groceries and get a bit more for our money, I just don’t want to include food poisoning among the extras I bring home. Buying groceries that spoil before use is also not a wise shopping choice.
While the lower prices are appealing, I now have serious concerns about purchasing perishables at Sav A Lot, not only in Pascagoula, but at any location. Perhaps this lack of concern is a corporate trend, and I question how well their products are handled by the wholesale companies that supply their stores.
After my three trips into the store, I am now convinced that this store, with its low prices, is best regarded as a store to purchase not-so-perishable goods. Meats, dairy, frozen foods, and produce may be purchased elsewhere with more dependable quality and better handling procedures. The smaller store with its smaller selection already meant that I needed to purchase some items at other stores–and I’ll continue to get our produce from Four Seasons and our meat and dairy at alternative stores. I’m told that Wayne Lee has excellent meat prices and good quality as well.
So where do you like to shop in the Pascagoula area? Which are YOUR favorite stores?