Cub suddenly finds it's a big fish in Supervalu's shrinking pond

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The deal announced Thursday could lead to layoffs at headquarters, but could help the local chain.

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mn2niceJan. 10, 13 9:31 PM

What I hope is that they don't start closing stores felt to be poor performers, since in many places around the state that have Cub stores, there are few viable options if Cub went away. For example, Walmart just in the last year or so remodeled its Hermantown store to include groceries, but the dairy area is small compared to other stores in the Duluth/Superior area. They carry few brands and in some cases no product at all in some categories. It's almost like the grocery part of the store was an afterthought that was poorly executed. The Superior store is almost twice the size. Cub, SuperOne and Target do a brisk business that competes well with Walmart.

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TobsterJan. 10, 1310:25 PM

Cub has gotten quite expensive compared to Walmart and Target for food, and their stores haven't changed since the 90s (80's?). This is Cub's last chance to give the masses a reason to shop there.

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busdriver37Jan. 10, 1310:44 PM

Cub is no longer the lowest-price player in town, and if they want to survive they can't also try to be the lowest-service. So start with the basics: YOUR STAFF BAGS THE GROCERIES. Every major store and market, the staff bags the darn groceries. Some chains even train the staff how to do it appropriately. When I moved here 12 years ago I was completely flabbergasted that the major grocery stores here didnt bag the groceries; unless you wanted to go to Byerly's/Lund's and pay through the nose. But that was the old standard. Now, even Rainbow bags your groceries for you, as does SuperTarget. Cub can beat SuperTarget on grocery supply and overall selection any day of the week - heck, my nearest SuperTarget can't even be counted on to have flour or chocolate chips in stock - but I continue to try grocery shopping there because I don't have the frenzied panic of trying to bag all my groceries without holding up the line too badly.

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thewavebbJan. 10, 1311:36 PM

I have a Cub very close to my house, but the service is so poor that I actually drive 15 minutes to a super target (Blaine) to do the majority of my shopping. What I can't get there I pick up at a Festival foods that is pretty close to my house as well. When I go to Cub, it's rarely staffed enough and I end up waiting in line FOREVER. The entire place has a fatigued feeling to it and the help haven't been very helpful

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borisJan. 11, 13 1:24 AM

cub will fail on it's own without help from outside parties...

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gargoyle999Jan. 11, 13 1:56 AM

If I want to pay Cub prices I'll go to Byerly's.

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tsblodJan. 11, 13 5:22 AM

Woodbury's Cub is the best - the lines are faster than any other place to buy groceries in town. I avoid Rainbow like the plague because their lines are horrendous, and even Super Target's make me impatient. I'd much rather bag my own groceries to keep the lines fast than stand in line while the cashier tries to multitask with the cash register and grocery bags. Plus, if you shop the sales, which I always do, the prices at Cub are pretty competitively with everywhere else.

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jeanm436Jan. 11, 13 5:47 AM

I've only recently become a regular Cub shopper (Chanhassen). Store was remodeled in the last year or so (made a little larger) and is very nice. Excellent selection and better produce than I see sometimes at the higher end stores. Store is well-managed and employees are wonderful. I wouldn't consider going to WalMart based on how they pay (or don't pay!) their workers. I'll buy a grocery item at Target if I absolutely need something when I'm there for some other reason. . . . I don't mind bagging my own groceries, so that's not an issue for me -- they have two lanes so the last person can finish bagging up while the next customer is getting checked out (seems to work pretty well).

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BroonieJan. 11, 13 6:56 AM

Cub seems to want to price itself out of the Twin Cities grocery market, much like Rainbow was doing before Roundy's bought the Rainbow chain out. Cub has also started doing something that really annoys me: advertising X number of something for sale at a certain price and requiring the purchase of X number. If you only needed 2 cans of corn and the sale specified 3 cans, then you paid more. Way to go, Cub, sarcasm intended. The only other chain that did that was the late Country Club markets. Who remembers them? Consistently higher prices on everyday items at Cub translates into all previously loyal (I [heart] my CUB!) customers going elsewhere.

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sillygatoJan. 11, 13 7:43 AM

RE: Caption on the photo. I don't know where this photographer shot this photo but there is no Cub Foods in Crystal!

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