| Jun 29, 2013
Many factors figure into a shopper's allegiance to a particular grocery. Among them are prices and food quality, store location and cleanliness, the helpfulness of the staff and efficiency of checkout. And, according to a 2012 National Grocers Association...
| Dec 2, 2013
It was a strange week to be hungry.
Holiday eating and belt loosening loomed; grocery stores were packed with people laying in massive amounts of provisions.
And there I was, leaving the store with my week's groceries — all $28.76 worth.
| Nov 30, 2013
As a parent, I feel like I'm lying to our kids when I tell them you have to work hard for what you want, deadlines are important, and that the truth matters. Then they go to school and can turn in assignments two months late and get credit for it, and...
| Nov 10, 2013
Like just about everyone else, I expected Gov. Pat Quinn to choose an up-and-coming Illinois Democrat to be his running mate — an ethnic minority, a woman or both. The party needs to deepen its bench and reach out to emerging communities if it's...
| Nov 3, 2013
Keith sits quietly on a bench near my office.
The big guy is a gentle soul who has been living on the gray metal bench off and on for years, all his wordly belongings piled next to him.
Keith used to earn cash emptying trash cans for a nearby...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: My husband insists that putting a Halloween costume on our little dog is a horrifying idea. What do you think? -- M.E., Henderson, NV
A: You mean horrifying to the dog, or horrifying to the people who see your pooch in costume? Clearly, pets wearing...
| Oct 11, 2013
My wife, a creature of habit, likes to shop at Dominick's. Each trip to the store means going by several rival retailers, each of which has, in recent years, stepped up its game in a bid to snag some or all of our grocery business.
There's a small indie...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 9:40 PM
It's an intimate relationship. We're together regularly, maybe more than once a week. We keep lists so we can make the most of each visit. We clip items we see in the paper that we think will be appreciated. What we take away sustains us and satisfies our...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 6:35 AM
Walmart's putting the go in BOGO sales.
I reported Tuesday on my Shop-O-Matic blog that the world's largest retailer is ad-matching buy-one-get-one-free sales from Publix, Winn-Dixie and other grocers in a new Florida program.
"Our customers have told...
| Sep 29, 2013
Yes, Gov. Pat Quinn lost in court Thursday when Cook County Judge Neil Cohen ruled that he could no longer withhold paychecks from members of the General Assembly as a way to pressure them to pass pension-reform legislation.
But he should play it as a...
| Dec 4, 2013
The story of a grocery deli clerk rising to run the entire company holds a lot of appeal. So does the tale of a former chief executive who sweeps up some of his successors' broken pieces to show them how things are supposed to work.
Leave it to Bob...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Since taking over the Retail Watch column in April, I have received emails, phone calls and face-to-face inquiries regarding Costco Wholesale, the national warehouse club retailer that may or may not be coming to Lower Macungie Township as part of a...