This past weekend I finally went to the brand new Shop Rite in nearby Niskayuna (home sweet home!). Growing up, I’ve seen my fair share of supermarkets move into that location and go under after just a few short months, but I think Shop Rite might be there to stay. Apparently they’ve taken over the entire plaza, previously known as “St. James Square,” but now officially renamed “Shop Rite Square.” The plaza could use a good revitalization, having a dismal history of numerous business failures (I still get teary-eyed about Friendly’s demise), and with a 20-year lease, it looks like Shop Rite is in it for the long run. Shop Rite doesn’t necessarily offer anything that the other local supermarkets (Co-op, Hannaford, Price Chopper…) don’t already have (although its prepared foods section might be unparalleled), but the competition and resulting coupon wars have been undeniably beneficial for local consumers! (Definitely check out the coupon wars — PC is suing SR!)
I am a senior in college who will be off in the wonderful world of finance come July. While my resume passions include scrupulously watching economic indicators and reading the Wall Street Journal, I could just as happily spend all day reading blogs and sharing my passion for food, fashion, and fun. I chew too much gum and probably write too many lists. I know I don't know everything just yet, but TheGarnetLetter is the beginning of my little thank you note to the wonderful world!