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December 5, 2016

Grocer gossip: Randalls subject of sale speculation

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  • TikiOwl posted at 6:35 pm on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    TikiOwl Posts: 69

    I was a regular Randall's customer until the Safeway purchase. I basically shop at Krogers but have of late done a little shopping at Randall's and noticed that their business on 61st Street was actually a bit better. One thing that drove me to Kroger's was that Boar's Head switched their local outlet to Krogers.

  • Kristen E posted at 6:59 pm on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    Kristen E Posts: 1

    yeah I really like Randalls for great produce and easy access (Kroger is a nightmare for parking and getting in and out). the only thing that would be better would be an HEB!

  • Jake Buckner posted at 12:49 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    Nearly all my local grocery shopping is at Randall's. This is mainly because Randall's appears cleaner and nicer. Kroger and Randall's each have their advantages, but 9 times out of 10 we choose Randall's.

  • Cpointe_Mod posted at 5:22 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Cpointe_Mod Posts: 222

    The question as asked is six of one and a half dozen of the other. You know the League City lament by now: We want a Whole Foods or equivalent. There are now 4,400 people watching the "We Want A Whole Foods in Clear Lake" (WWAWFICL) FB group. The numbers continue to grow.

    Food is the only consumer commodity for which we don't have a price point choice here.

    You can buy a luxury car or an econo-box, depending on your means and priorities.

    You can buy a very well-priced starter home or you can buy a McMansion 4+ times the cost of entry level, and there are plenty of those (WWAWFICL recently pointed out that 3 of greater Houston's top 25 wealthiest zip codes are in Clear Lake, so there's no economic argument to be made against the support of higher-end retail here).

    You can buy jewelry at Walmart or from a brick-and-mortar diamond merchant where prices boggle the mind.

    But if it's food you need, your current choice is between low-end and low-end. I don't understand it.

  • sverige1 posted at 12:43 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    sverige1 Posts: 4054

    Randalls has always been too pricey and located in the hoity-toity parts of town (esp. in Houston). As for the island, nothing beats Krogers on the Seawall. Couple the Seawall location with their name-brands, Kroger wins, Randalls loses.

    As for HEB, I'm still in the camp of the island's "silent boycott". Again, in the ritzy parts of Houston, I can drive in the southwest part of town on side streets and pass 3 to 4 different HEB locations there. Why there isn't one back on the island from Ike, I'll never know.

  • TrebleClef posted at 1:13 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    TrebleClef Posts: 489

    Randall's is closer to me than Kroger's on the island but I prefer Kroger. When I do shop at Randall's, it usually is due to being in a rush (you can get in and out 'cause no one is there). While there, I always wonder why anyone shops there. They are always out of something due to slow restocking. The big thing for me is Kroger has better gas prices with their card. Randall's has decent gas prices IF you pay with cash or a debit card, which is not always convenient.

  • Shelly Pearl posted at 2:32 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Shelly Pearl Posts: 50

    YES or a Central Market

  • Shelly Pearl posted at 2:33 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Shelly Pearl Posts: 50

    I am not a Randall's shopper.

  • jmkieslich posted at 7:08 am on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    jmkieslich Posts: 6

    I hope they don't sell away the store here. Really enjoy shopping there. Customer service is great and quality of their meats and deli products is the best on the island.

  • Four Sons posted at 8:37 am on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    Four Sons Posts: 29

    I shop at Kroger, but will shop at Randall's, but only if it is one or two items. It is easy in, easy out, but the product selection is limited and a bit pricey.

  • Rich Gray posted at 8:47 am on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    Rich Gray Posts: 23

    We live out of state where Safeway has a strong presence. Randall's is one of the reasons why we feel at home when we vacation in Galveston. Our Safeway card is accepted there as well. So of course we hope things remain status quo.

  • mackfisherman2 posted at 3:03 pm on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    mackfisherman2 Posts: 2

    The Randall's in Galveston is quite nice. The one on Voss in Houston had really gone bad with competition including a Kroger, Whole Foods and Joe's within 2 blocks.

  • rah posted at 6:34 pm on Sat, Dec 7, 2013.

    rah Posts: 212

    When Randall Onstead sold his company sold his company he made the big mistake of allowing Safeway to keep the name. When the Onstead's had the store the policy was the customer was always right. They had better products and they were not as pricey as they are now. The come off as an upscale grocery store but, they do not have the products behing them. They used to be the ones to carry Boar's Head not Krogers. Also a friend of mine told me that their back room was the cleanest of all stores. When Safeway took over that was no longer the case. Safeway was here a long time ago in the Odyssey Building. Being clean was not their way of life. When they did sell to Safeway that was when I switched to Krogers....and so it everyone else. Personally, I wish that they would leave the island so we could get an HEB like Bay Colonty or a small Central Market.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:40 am on Sun, Dec 8, 2013.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    Well, I like the Randall's store, but only by comparison to the Krogers on Seawall. I prefer Randalls for its produce selection, cleanliness, and ease of access. But OF COURSE I would like them to sell if it meant getting a Central Market or even an HEB.

    I actually think both Randall's and Kroger do a fine job for tourist-town grocery stores, but neither is as crisp and clean as some of their mainland counterparts. I shop at the Cinco Ranch Kroger and HEB almost as much as I shop on the Island. They're both light-years better than either of the Galveston stores.

  • isleshire posted at 2:35 pm on Tue, Dec 10, 2013.

    isleshire Posts: 635

    I really appreciate the way Kroger's came back after the storm. They brought in generators and employees from all over the region just to get back up and running. Those two free sausages they grilled outside not long after the storm were like the best meal I had in ages. Won't forget their effort for Islanders.