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Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: 74jellyroll ()
Date: March 10, 2015 09:52PM

WTF is happening to that place? Friday at 5 PM, Wegmans is simply insane, people crawling over each other, not a parking spot to be found, and the Franklin Farm Giant is like a morgue. Maybe 15 people in the whole store. I've gone there in the afternoon the day before T'giving and the lines aren't long.

About 1 time out of 3 the produce is rotten, the milk expires four days after the date of purchase, and the whole store is sort of a like a TJ Maxx of food, just sort of staggering along.

20 years ago Giant was just king, the best food and the best customer service and just fantastic shopping. The prepared foods were incredible and the staff was happy.

WTH happened?

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: True The Vote ! ()
Date: March 10, 2015 09:58PM

Unions are to blame for America's decline.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Izzy Cohen ()
Date: March 10, 2015 10:06PM

The Cohen family who owned the chain and made it great sold out to a dutch company Royal Ahold (Royal A-hole) back in the late 90s I believe. The local focus was abandoned and cost cutting has been ongoing ever since.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: really? ()
Date: March 10, 2015 10:43PM

True The Vote ! Wrote:
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> Unions are to blame for America's decline.


For all those years that Giant was first rate under Izzy Cohen it was a union shop. Izzy treated his employees well and still died a very, very rich man.

Giant is now shit under the Dutch union-busters.

Idiot, go ask Rush to explain why that happened.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: True The Vote ! ()
Date: March 10, 2015 10:56PM

Detriot, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Unions fucked them.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Giant sucks ()
Date: March 10, 2015 10:58PM

I live over 10 miles from Wegman's, but sometimes I make a special trip there because I get so tired of the Giant's tired, bruised, moldy produce. Once I pointed out the mold infesting the blueberries at a Giant to a store employee and he actually told me it would make a great science experiment. So an empty Giant should be NO mystery.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: True The Vote ! ()
Date: March 10, 2015 11:04PM

Safeway is next.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: March 10, 2015 11:22PM

Safeway is worse than Giant for the most part, AFAICT. Hard to believe, but there it is. Maybe not *every* Safeway, but the ones at Fairfax Town Centre and in Reston and Herndon all suck rocks.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: iLester ()
Date: March 10, 2015 11:38PM

You have know when the new produce arrives. If you get there just right, you can pick them right out of the crates and the stuff is good for a week.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: March 11, 2015 07:07AM

Wegmans happened.

That's it. End of story.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Butcher ()
Date: March 11, 2015 09:11AM

When Stop and Shop took over running Giant, the top executives of Giant saw the writing on the wall and decided to get out.The positions were filled by people with no or little history with the company. Their goals are not customer oriented. It seems they, Safeway and Harris Teeter get their ideas from the same source- Supermarket magazine

A group from Ahold came to our store for a tour. The supervisor escorting them told them the goal of Giant Food is to become a second rate Wegmans. It was more than a bit disheartening to hear a good company no longer wanted to make the investment to be the best.

I think most of the public would be shocked to see how much product is thrown out Before it reaches the shelves because of the second hand suppliers Giant uses now.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: NippleChuck ()
Date: March 11, 2015 09:20AM

True the vote is 100% correct. Unions distroyed American manufacturing as did high corporate taxes. I'm a moderate democrat and can see that. So what you gonna do Obbo??????

Nip

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: I like Giant ()
Date: March 11, 2015 09:21AM

I don't have a problem with Giant. I didn't particularly care for Wegman's. It had too much stuff for me. The Giant is two minutes from my house and for what I need it is just fine. I don't like their bakery, but I generally make my own stuff or buy a different brand.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: True The Vote ! ()
Date: March 11, 2015 09:52AM

While in high school way back in the seventies we visited a union factory and saw people sleeping next to a conveyor belt of car parts in Baltimore. The teacher told us they couldn't be fired because they are union workers with nothing to do, so they nap the whole day, then punch out and go home

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: NipNotSignedIn ()
Date: March 11, 2015 10:12AM

^^^
And look what the unions did to GM.

I like Giant too. I shop there almost exclusively and I use the rewards points at Shell. My ex used to work there and was a union employee. They had great benefits and wages and her package included stock options. The problem is is that companies can't sustain the benefits packages for the life spans of the recepients and remain profitable and the recepients will not take less or renogitiate their packages so they all end up with nothing. Then the comapny owners close shop and re-open as non-union shops like wegmans and wal-mart and the old union employees come crawling back because they are hungry. Unions need to go to China and organize the Chinese work force but they won't because it's to much work and besides it's nap time...

Nip

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Govt. worker ()
Date: March 11, 2015 10:21AM

Could you all keep it down please, I'm trying to take a nap here.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Eric Stratton ()
Date: March 11, 2015 11:09AM

Wegmans has good stuff. They have a higher volume of shoppers so there's more fresh replenishment. The only beef I have is the lack of privacy in the cucumber section where I meet MILF's.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: all marketing ()
Date: March 11, 2015 11:57AM

Dane Bramage Wrote:
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> Wegmans happened.
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> That's it. End of story.


This exactly. Blame unions or union busters all you want, but it's really the competition from better (or perceived to be better) chains. places like Wegmans and Trader Joes have done a good job at creating a reputation that people really like. People actually get enthused to shop and talk about the place. And who the heck would get excited about Giant? Giant is the place your grandma shopped at back in the 70s. They haven't done a good job at refreshing their image and newer places have taken complete advantage of that.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Wrong zip code ()
Date: March 11, 2015 06:49PM

Found your problem, you need to shop at the McLean Giant, valet parking and all. Their shit is on point, always stocked with fresh veggies, good meat selection, and decent wine aisles too.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Dane Bramage ()
Date: March 11, 2015 08:00PM

Wrong zip code Wrote:
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> Found your problem, you need to shop at the McLean
> Giant, valet parking and all. Their shit is on
> point, always stocked with fresh veggies, good
> meat selection, and decent wine aisles too.

Until a Wegmans opens in the area. I can't wait until this one opens.

http://www.weingarten.com/retail/property/0698-549/

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: FrankRizzo ()
Date: March 11, 2015 09:25PM

Royal-Ahold happened in the 90s. I was still working there back then. Bargaining agreements for new hires got worse almost every year up until the time I left. Back when I started in the mid-90s, you had to go to a 2 week, 8 hour a day training camp, and had to pass tests to graduate before becoming a cashier/checker. They used to have spot checkers and they took things seriously. It was a good job with good pay. When I went into management, I couldn't get anything but ghetto mofos with pants hangin off they ass to work there, and you could see the place starting to slip. It's still... ok, but now that better options have arrived... not so much.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Moldy oldy ()
Date: March 12, 2015 12:50PM

"Once I pointed out the mold infesting the blueberries at a Giant to a store employee and he actually told me it would make a great science experiment."

I pointed out an entire display of moldy multi-colored peppers at Wegmans. So it can happen anywhere. They didn't kill themselves getting to remove it either.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: 496 ()
Date: March 12, 2015 12:58PM

The FF Giant is a neighborhood grocery store pure and simple. People are not shopping there for gourmet shit but for necessities like bread milk and toilet paper. I'm glad to have it.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Mold man ()
Date: March 12, 2015 02:27PM

That's nothing. I once saw a moldy pure white and green cube steak get up from the meat section and walk over the water fountain on the other end of the Magruder's store.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Date: March 12, 2015 06:01PM

Giant's labor cost, forced upon it by the always unhelpful unions, is far higher than non-union companies and other retailers in the DMV. This forces it to cut down on the number of employees, which is why you can never find help at Giant, and why expiration dates pass with no one noticing.

It does however, keep those union dues going to union bosses.

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Re: Franklin Farm Giant
Posted by: Shopper ()
Date: March 12, 2015 07:29PM

i like he FF Giant.

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