I had such a hard time deciding. None of the stores had a bunch of spectacular sales but each of them had something that I wanted: strawberries at Safeway, Post cereal at Albertsons, eggs and flour at Fred Meyer's, OJ and produce at Saar's. Instead of choosing which one to shop I decided to, in the name of "market research", shop each one.
Since it was "market research" I wanted to make sure I went with a few questions in mind that needed answering. I wanted to know:
- Are the advertised products in stock and easy to find? I was looking to see if the products were on regular shelves or had they been moved to endcaps or other locations in the store. I also wanted to know if they were clearly marked with the sale/coupon prices.
- Are the employees and cashiers coupon/sale friendly? I wanted to know if they knew what was on sale and could they help me find it, if necessary. I also was watching to see the cashiers reactions to scads of coupons, if they remembered to ring them and if they were rung up correctly.
- How do I like shopping at these different stores? I just wanted to get a feel for the store layout, cleanliness and product quality hoping to get a feel for whether or not these are stores I would want to shop at on a regular basis.
Safeway, University Place (40th & Bridgeport)