New store in Ross Twp. expected to raise competition between discount grocers
A new discount grocery store is opening this weekend in the North Hills. The store is owned by Giant Eagle and is promising to be the low-price leader. Consumer Reporter Robin Taylor went for a look inside the new Good Cents store on McKnight Road.
Giant Eagle likes to think of Good Cents as being a cut above most discount grocery stores. It's got a large produce selection, a cheese bar and a deli.
As you'd expect, you'll find low price store-brand products, but you'll also find deeply discounted name-brand products and everyday deals, such as a 10-pound bag of potatoes for $1.99
"Customers can come in and compare for themselves, and they'll find us to be the lowest in the market," said John Tedesco, senior vice president of Good Cents Grocery Plus More.
Tedesco gave me a tour and showed off some real bargains. In the dairy section, I found Chobani Greek Yogurt for 98 cents -- that's a savings of 20 to 30 cents off the regular retail price.
As a grand opening special, chicken legs are 67 cents a pound. I found a package of eight drumsticks for $1.84.
Good Cents accepts coupons but won't double them, and you should leave your Advantage Card behind. You won't earn fuel perks here.
"We don't offer the extensive variety in terms of different sizes of goods, so as an example, we'll carry one size of Heinz ketchup, not the five or six. It will be at a really great price, but you'll have to like the size that we sell," said Tedesco.
To keep prices down, the aisles are filled with products that are still in cardboard boxes, and customers have to do some work for themselves. They have to bring their own bags and bag their own groceries.
The grand opening is at 8 o'clock on Sunday morning, Nov. 4. The store is at 7215 McKnight Road in Pittsburgh's North Hills.