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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Times is no Big Save..." James "Kimo" Rosen

Kauai no longer has my favorite supermarket,"Big Save ,"they were bought out by another chain called, "Times," more like Bad Times...

No more Big savings since 'Times supermarket' took over 'Big Save' on Kaua'i...

 Excitement was mounting on the Garden Isle, would the purchase  of locally owned 'Big Save' supermarkets by  conglomerate state giant 'Times' supermarket proceed with Kokua?

I am very disheartened over the corporate purchase. One of the employees told me anonymously that  they can no longer mark down meats, cheeses and other perishables about to expire as was the common practice of 'Big Save.' Instead they are instructed by management to throw those items away instead of passing some savings onto the consumer. The sign on the building may still read ''Big Save,''don't be fooled.

Big Save in the past would always give huge discounts on just about anything close to expiration, from hot-dogs, packaged salads, cheeses, meats, cookie dough, you name it. Now most of it  all goes to the dumpster. The only thing they still somewhat discount  on a regular basis  are yogurts. There will be an occasional item marked $1.00 or $2.00 off but nothing as radical as 5 lb bricks of cheese for 1.00 as was a common Big save practice

It was a fun outing just going to look for discounted items. The staff was always friendly and had more Aloha than most stores.  Now when I go there the old Big Save employees seem to be wearing fake smiles while the 'Times' employees are getting them ready for the new sign of the times, and the new sign does not read Aloha, it reads cha ching, cha ching...

Below, click on Big Save cashier Roxy in this video during the times 'Big Save' was still in operation. Let me know if you can view this? These were da good ole days...


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6 comments:

Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook;"I remember when my wife and I were on Kauai and we found Big Save, it was such a treasure. Good people running a warm, friendly business. Such a sad loss.

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Really sad, a generic loaf of wheat bread that sold for $1.99 in July now sells for $5.99, it's not even good whole wheat, it's like a western family generic bread... Times has kept many Big Save employees but I am pretty sure they will phase them out when they least expect it. I guess it's a metaphor for what's happening all over America, No more Big savings, New Times, and da new times are not so good...?

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Doug, when can we expect a guest blog about a positive enviornmental friendly vehicle?

Irina Briksa said...

via Facebook;" oh no, Big Save? Kapaa is not gonna be the same without it..("

Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook;"Yeah, Kimo, trying to sort out my first impressions (positive) and find the ways in which they reinforce my expectations, and also the ways in which having an electric car is not only different than what I expected, but better.

I had done ...my research, so there were not really many surprises, but my initial reaction was that there were more differences, until I found a really great user's message board discussion group online with some guys who are really techies and have had their cars for many months, and could demonstrate how to ignore certain gauge readings that are unreliable and which ones give you the info that you can depend on. I had a similar experience when I got the Prius, back 8 years and 165,000 miles ago, when it was still quite a novelty.

Still sorting out those initial impressions and will consolidate them into a blog for you. At six days into this adventure, I think it is still premature though. The ingredients are still baking.

The Leaf does seem like the right car for me. I think it would do well in Hawaii, too. It is not the right car for everyone, especially those with long regular commutes. So I want to consider how to present not only the positives, but both the pro's and con's in a way that helps people identify whether they will be a thrilled, satisfied, happy owner as I and many others are, or if they will feel betrayed. For many, the Chevy Volt (now available) and Prius Plug in (coming next year) will be better options. For many others, like me, the Leaf will be the best option."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Irina, Big Save still looks physically the same, It's actually still called Big Save, but is run by Times, it would be confusung for a visitor since it still says Big Save, eventually maybe after a year they will change the sign. Doug, take your time, do it right, looking forward to a full blogging report at your convenience...