Most people have their favorite places to shop for things like shoes, clothes, and posters. I think it's the same with food. The ultimate in this area for me is Wegman's - I consider them the king of supermarkets. Then I like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, the prices are higher than other places but I really believe the food is better. Then you have Safeway and Giant. One caveat here I love Balducci's, but that's a once every few months trip - heavy on the wallet. Then, there's Magruder's.
About a year ago a Safeway that is within walking distance of my apartment moved away. I guess they figured having two within a mile of each other was a bit much. In any case, a Magruder's moved in. I had only been to a Magruder's one time before and it was not a great experience. It was gross; flies buzzing around the fruit outside and dirty looking inside. I figured though, that I would give the new one a chance.
When it first moved in, it was bright and new as most things are. The fruit baskets outside were full and fresh looking. The inside was clean and fresh. But the workers were not great. I have to say here that one of the great things upon moving to the northern Virginia area was that the people in Safeway were friendly and nice. Plus they bag your groceries for you, which is rare in New Jersey. That's one of the reasons I shop at Safeway regularly. In Magruder's the staff is slow and mumbles when they speak to you.
The food that Magruder's carries is even subpar by Shopper's Food Warehouse standards. I bought some cookies there the first time I went, made by them, looked good. Got home and a tried a few and got sick. Went back and got some more figuring it may have been a bad batch; if it was they all are, same result.They carry Richfood as their generic brand which is not a feather in their cap. The fruit looks disgusting. In short, the food available there is not very appealing - probably bad for a supermarket.
Also, the clientle in Magruder's seems to move as slowly as the staff there. I don't know if everyone that shops there is required to have an AARP card or it just seems that way, but it makes going there even more unpleasant. It's just that no one seems to be in a hurry. Or even have anything else to do that day except stand at the cash register and write out checks.
A more accurate sign for Magruder's
So, I hate Magruder's. Shopping there is like going to a thrift store, and while I may be willing to by clothes that are used I sure don't want any food that looks that way. Going there makes me feel like I have to take a shower when I leave. Please come back Safeway!