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#341 lanforod

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:50 PM

It's over 30 years old!

 

So am I... I don't feel dated or dirty... usually.


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#342 mbjj

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 06:33 AM

Are Fairfielders incapable of using Cook Street?

Yes, but that's exactly the street we're trying to avoid because it is always backed up now. With more planned construction along there, it will only get worse. Sometimes it's backed up for several blocks, and not at rush hour.



#343 Cats4Hire

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 06:45 AM

Yes, but that's exactly the street we're trying to avoid because it is always backed up now. With more planned construction along there, it will only get worse. Sometimes it's backed up for several blocks, and not at rush hour.

clearly the solution here is to get a bike and make 3 or 4 trips for your grocery shopping


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#344 martini

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 07:26 AM

Are Fairfielders incapable of using Cook Street?

Mason being a small residential street is not meant to deal with commercial traffic. 

Seemed the underground was designed to be accessed from Vancouver. 

I just found it ironic she would be at the opening, and then move forward with this new plan less than 24 hours later. 

Seems bizarre to me. 

The store is a hit and super busy. I hope this new plan does not cut it off at the knees. 



#345 kxl

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 01:09 PM

Maybe build a new tunnel for northbound Vancouver St that goes under Pandora and into the parkade. Other N/B traffic can use that diversion route the city planned out to get a bi-directional view of Harris Green’s inhabitants.

#346 Nparker

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 01:58 PM

Two words for the new Pandora Avenue S-o-F: game changer. The store is bright, well organized, well-stocked and easy to navigate. I'll still probably do the bulk of my grocery purchasing at Walmart to save money, but for post-work shopping convenience the new S-o-F will be my go-to location. My 'hood suddenly seems a whole lot nicer.


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#347 zoomer

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 07:10 PM

Game changer - true.  Yet for me as well it won't be my regular store.  Save-On is the worst option in terms of large grocery stores - they don't do anything very well, with the possible exception of bulk.  Produce is nothing special, meat department is terrible (although this one is better than most), same with the bakery.  Half the store is filled with aisles I'd never buy anything from, especially household stuff.  I'll shop there just for sales, but otherwise hit up MOY on the way home, I can be in an out in five minutes max (yah that's important to me).  Also MOY prices are actually decent if you really compare on most items.  Milk is only 10 cents more for four litres compared to Save-On for example.  MOY's produce sucks unfortunately and service has gone downhill but they have way better variety and quality on the items I actually buy compared to Thrifty's or Save-On such as sauces, marinades, olives, condiments, etc.  You can walk in MOY and be excited about buying food to cook an interesting meal - Save-On just feels grey and utilitarian in comparison as far as food choices. Love the big windows though! 

 

And i noticed the sign out front said NO PHOTOGRAPHY... oh well.  Dumb, make everyone feel like a criminal. Thank god Mike didn't post any photos. 



#348 Midnightly

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 07:53 PM

Game changer - true.  Yet for me as well it won't be my regular store.  Save-On is the worst option in terms of large grocery stores - they don't do anything very well, with the possible exception of bulk.  Produce is nothing special, meat department is terrible (although this one is better than most), same with the bakery.  Half the store is filled with aisles I'd never buy anything from, especially household stuff.  I'll shop there just for sales, but otherwise hit up MOY on the way home, I can be in an out in five minutes max (yah that's important to me).  Also MOY prices are actually decent if you really compare on most items.  Milk is only 10 cents more for four litres compared to Save-On for example.  MOY's produce sucks unfortunately and service has gone downhill but they have way better variety and quality on the items I actually buy compared to Thrifty's or Save-On such as sauces, marinades, olives, condiments, etc.  You can walk in MOY and be excited about buying food to cook an interesting meal - Save-On just feels grey and utilitarian in comparison as far as food choices. Love the big windows though! 

 

And i noticed the sign out front said NO PHOTOGRAPHY... oh well.  Dumb, make everyone feel like a criminal. Thank god Mike didn't post any photos. 

 

 

save on is one of the few places that sells dairyland milk.. so between them and shoppers are my go to for milk, surprisingly for milk most prices are very competitive across the board (shoppers is often cheaper for milk and eggs compared to a grocery store!), they also have a baked in store bakery bread for a decent price (thriftys loaf price keeps going up though cheapest baked in store for a loaf is country grocer) i also shop the sales alot but sometimes you need to run out and buy bisto on short notice and it's nice knowing they carry it..

 

many stores have a no photography in store policy it's just not often they enforce it now a days with most people carrying a camera around with them wherever they go, heck someone posted the other day on the facebook rant and rave group a rant about root cellar asking them not to take photos in the store and how it was against store policy


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#349 sebberry

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:08 PM

It's the nicest Save-Ons I've ever seen.

 

Did they have plastic bags?  Was the paper bag $0.25? :D

 

Fort & Foul Bay still charging for paper bags, whereas across the border in Saanich - plastic for $0.05.  


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#350 Nparker

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:46 PM

 

MOY...have way better variety and quality on the items I actually buy compared to Thrifty's or Save-On such as sauces, marinades, olives, condiments, etc.

MoY's deli is nothing to brag about (although they have some decent specialty cheeses). Their selection of "everyday" products is limited and their fresh baked goods are often picked-over by noon. Where they shine is their butcher and fresh seafood sections.

Since the new S-o-F is closer to home for me by a couple of blocks and has some interesting quick meal options, I can't see myself making the trip to MoY too often anymore.


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#351 Mike K.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:13 AM

I have noticed they’re starting to bring in more Urban Fare items to their stores.
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:34 AM

I am in the points game at Save On just for the ferry passes so it is our go-to grocery store. Nice to have one close to MOY for seafood nights.

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#353 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:15 AM

To me, the biggest weakness of Save-On-Foods is their 'house brand':  Western Family.  I've tried several WF food products and I've been disappointed with most of them.  President's Choice seems to be a better 'house brand', and I wonder if the Overwaitea Group will make investments in WF or if they will eventually ditch it in favour of something else? 

 

I like the new Save-on-Foods downtown, but I think Market on Yates has a much better meat department and selection of 'hard to find' items and I will likely shop there more frequently (between the two).  I was a bit disappointed to see how limited the prepared meals section was at the new SoF downtown:  about half of the prepared meals choices were "Canadian" Chinese food (things like Sweet and Sour Chicken on Rice).  Maybe they will offer more choices as time goes on (similar to Urban Fare in Vancouver).



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:36 PM

Gave it a try yesterday, nice and bright, decently intuitive layout, lots of fresh options in the deli and at the hot counter. I may return from time to time for mid-week deals, provided it's not dark out...

 

As an aside, has the guy with the cart village on the corner applied for building permit? That thing it getting HUGE!


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:50 PM

Gave it a try yesterday, nice and bright, decently intuitive layout, lots of fresh options in the deli and at the hot counter. I may return from time to time for mid-week deals, provided it's not dark out...

 

As an aside, has the guy with the cart village on the corner applied for building permit? That thing it getting HUGE!

 

Is it more than 10 sq. m;)


Edited by Jackerbie, 13 August 2019 - 01:50 PM.

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