Does an Upscale Look Cost You at the Grocery Checkout?

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Mitchell’s Independent grand opening in Carleton Place was this past weekend. For months we have watched the renovations transpire and now that it’s done, instead of congratulations I hear some locals complain that prices are going to increase to pay for those renovations. Food is expensive enough now some say, so why would I want to pay more for the sake of décor? I try to be fair to everyone, but I do get annoyed when I see improvements to make Carleton Place a better place get knocked around. First of all Mitchell’s will not personally raise their prices because everything is governed from the head office, which dictates store prices.

As for rising prices, more and more produce and grocery items are now being imported from the USA. Local distributors are now even sourcing from Mexico and elsewhere, and as summer and fall now turn to winter, produce prices will increase as well. How about looking at that box of Special K Original in big letters, where on the bottom it says new recipe and now imported. To put it simply, a decline in our dollar means it costs more to import food as it is all paid in US funds, so that is why your prices are creeping up — don’t blame your grocer– we need to get back to business in Canada.

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WalMart is waging a battle on the discount end and American company, Whole Foods entry into Canada is now commanding the higher-end market. The conventional grocers are now shifting their interests from discount chains to sprucing up existing mid-market spaces like our local Independent store. Instead of adding square footage, the majority of the spending is moving towards renovations. This is all being done to meet the pressures of more sophisticated consumer demands for what has been called “on-trend” experiences. Shopping habits have changed; if they can’t get it on the internet, most consumers now want it all under one roof. Staying in business these days means staying fresh, staying relevant–and meeting that demand for convenience.

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If you live in a city, then competition is the name of the game. In rural settings an all inclusive store is a necessity. In the end it will be the consumer who determines who thrives or falls. if you are going to compare a Canadian company like Mitchell’s Independent to discount grocers then don’t, because that is not what they are. They have competing prices if you take the time to check local flyers. You know, that’s what’s great about a free economy – you have the freedom to make your own choices about where to buy; but please don’t make assumptions about prices. Compare and choose for yourself.

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Adam Dowdall from Producefreshaa

Jeff Mitchell and his family chose to bring the Independent store in Carleton Place up to a caliber you only find in the city. Heck, they even added a Joe Fresh outlet and hired more local employees. They put their money where their mouth is and to misquote a great song “they’re here for a long time not a short time.” Mitchell’s Independent packaged up choice and quality and brought it to a place where you walk out onto the dock on a summer night in cottage country. What more can you ask for? Thank you for caring about Carleton Place!

Job well done!

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What is Jeff Mitchell eating?

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Okay a picture of the paninis was necessary

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Serge Robichaud and Joyce Mitchell

RELATED READING FOR IMPROVING CARLETON PLACE AND BELIEVE YOU ME WHAT THE MITCHELLS DID WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND..

Dream 1 for Carleton Place–

Back to the Future— Carleton Place—- Project Tim Horton’s

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Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

8 responses »

  1. Freshco in Carleton Place still has competitive prices and appears to have a rapid turnover in produce. Beware though…there are sometimes apples from China and there are frozen “organic” vegetables from China, a country where more than forty percent of food fails to pass even China’s food safety standards.

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  2. I work in the pricing and perpetual inventory department at this particular store. I can absolutely assure all of you that my manager and I do not sit there laughing maniacally as the prices rise; however, we do cheer price decreases. I do wonder why Cindy and I are not featured. It is possible we were busy maintaining price integrity. Friday is always a big day for us 😊. Thank you for penning this very thoughtful article.

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  3. While I welcome — and even applaud — most of the changes being made, there is one about which I am very concerned. It is the appearance of pre-packaged vegetables in the produce section. Why, in this day and age, anyone would think this is a good idea is beyond me. The vegetables are packaged in Styrofoam and cling-wrap, both of which non-recyclable. This business decision will result in the addition of thousands of pieces of non-recyclable material to our landfill each year. I refuse to buy these packaged items, and I hope your readers will too.

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