Biz Buzz: WinCo to open this weekend
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Nov 04, 2010 | 6980 views | 18 18 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The new WinCo Foods store will open this Sunday at the Pavilion Shopping Center.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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WinCo Foods, the discount grocery store long slated for a shopping center off Naglee Road, will open its doors to the public Sunday, Nov. 7.

The city of Tracy announced today that the store will likely host a grand opening ceremony Sunday morning. More details will be available in the Friday print edition of the Tracy Press.

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Sneaky
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November 07, 2010
I tried to go this morning for their grande opening but it was too crowded to even consider going in. The entire lot was packed with cars. I am sure the wife will shop there once the crowds die down.

The great part of this store is that unlike Macys the city apparently didnt have to provide kick-backs to get it here.
aeh4543
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November 06, 2010
I liked Winco when we lived in Modesto, but once we moved to Tracy it wasn't worth the cost of driving (time and money both). Now that we've moved to Patterson, it still might not be worth it, since my family doesn't eat the type of food that is so expensive. The redeeming factor here is the bulk bins for stuff like flour and dog food, but they are pretty nasty sometimes.

I think I'll limit my trips to the times I will be in time anyways. Otherwise I'll pass.
monsterdad3k
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November 05, 2010
First of all, the Winco in Modesto is filthy

First of all, Winco in Modesto isn't "filthy" at all, what are you talking about? In fact have you looked at the bottom of Safeway's meat counters and milk refrigerators? You know that smell of sour milk when you open the door at Safeway to get a gallon of milk? They are a lot less clean than the ones at Winco.



Second of all if your definition of "higher quality service" is the checkers chit chatting with one another and ignoring you and your needs for help (like at the automated check out lanes) at Savemart then more power to you. Their checkers seem more interested in sqwacking with each other than helping or talking to you.
IMHO
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November 05, 2010
Hate to break it to you 20Paws, but since you said, "Since you will be at Winco I will not have to worry about running into at Safeway or Savemart-thank goodness." I have to agree you are a bit of a snob. Good luck with that.

I find Winco prices are much lower than Safeway. A can of Campbell's Chunky Soup for example is $1.50 at Winco vs. $5 at Safeway and that's no lie. Union labor is no guarantee of high quality labor, it just means the Safeway workers have to pay union dues. While Safeway is a higher quality store, it certainly isn't high enough quality to be worth the high price. I love Safeway sales, but I would never go to Safeway to do all my shopping.

I think Winco is a lot better than Foodmaxx in terms of cleanliness and service. Safeway has higher quality in food and service, but not enough to be worth the cost difference. Winco is employee owned and operated so the staff are very interested in making sure it runs well. I'd say they're probably more interested in the store's success than Safeway employees are.

All in all, it just come downs to personal preference. Winco is a store with low prices, decent service, great selection and acceptable quality produce and meats. Safeway has higher quality as does Costco, but you'll pay more.
20Paws
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November 05, 2010
Welcome Winco. That being said "Tonyswoman1-if Winco was half price on everything they would be the only store in town or out of business-you do know they have to have a profit-right? Winco is dirty, the ones I have seen. Since you will be at Winco I will not have to worry about running into at Safeway or Savemart-thank goodness. Yes unionized labor costs more, but you get quality help, I am not a snob, but a savvy shopper that wants quality and a clean place to shop. Thanks to Safeway and Savemart I have that.
jd1872
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November 05, 2010
First of all, the Winco in Modesto is filthy. It is a depressing store to go to, Second, a loaf of bread that costs $5 will not cost $1.50 at Winco. They probably even won't carry that brand. The quality of meat at Winco is very low. If I'm going to buy a nice ribeye, I will go to Safeway. Give Winco a couple of years, it will look like the one in Modesto
monsterdad3k
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November 04, 2010
Glad to see Winco opening here in town. I don't know that their prices are 1/2 of what they are at Safeway, like everything else you have to compare. Winco offers lower prices because they are non-union among other reasons. I shop at the Modesto Winco and it is most definitely not a junky store. Their produce is good quality, there are tons of bulk items, the deli is very good, the bakery is good, and even the Hy-Top house brands are of good quality. Some weeks Safeway or Savemart may offer some items for less than at Winco but again that comes to comparison shopping. What I hate about Safeway/Savemart is the bouncing prices. One week something costs you $2.00 the next week it costs twice that much because it's not in their weekly ad. I can't keep up with their bouncing prices. It's frustrating. Why is bread sometimes .99 cents and sometimes its $3.00 a loaf? If you don't get it on the Club Card Special you pay through the nose for it. At Winco most of the prices seem to remain fairly steady. I know what certain items will cost before I step foot in the store. National brands and house brands. See you all at Winco! Welcome to town. Only drawback is they don't sell gas too.
walkingtall
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November 04, 2010
As a response to parentsof2kids, it's clear you have never been to a Winco. Perhaps you are a Safeway employee and that would explain your comment. As far as you get what you pay for, well Pepsi at Winco and Pepsi at Safeway are the same thing. Only difference is the price. If it comforts you to pay more, great, keep shopping at Safeway, thats why there are choices.Good by to the SaveMart/Safeway monopoly here in town. Competition is always welcome here in Tracy! No membership is required at Winco, and no Big Brother tracking cards/club cards either! Simply great products at a super price. Welcome to Tracy Winco!
tonyswoman1
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November 04, 2010
I just had to repond to parents with 2 kids - Winco is a full service grocery store, the same as Safeway or Savemart but the prices are half of what you would pay any where else. Obviously you have money to waste... I say this because I was just in Safeway 2 week's ago and was stunned to see a loaf of bread for $5.00! I would rather go to my Winco and spend $1.50 for the same identical item. Both my husband and I work but we are just like everyone else struggling to make end's meet. If you have the money to waste keep shopping at the snob stores but if you are like me and want to save a few pennies check out Winco. No I do not work there, just shop there and save allot of money...
parentsof2kids
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November 04, 2010
WinCo is just another junky store like Walmart. The shoppers are just looking for something cheap. Another cheap quality store here in Tracy. You get what you pay for. Safeway is awesome with better quality for all.
Tamarah
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November 04, 2010
Wobbley: You n me both. Seriously. I've written many letters begging Trader Joes Corporate for that.
Wobbley
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November 04, 2010
I'd pay $2.75 million of someone elses money to get a Trader Joes, now that's a ticket I would support!
tonyswoman1
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November 04, 2010
yee-haw!!! I am tired of driving to modesto to get the reduced prices for the same quality of food as the expensive store's around here. Has anybody got any store coupn's yet?
Nicki2
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November 04, 2010
Yippee, I have been tweeting/twittering with Winco for the last 2 weeks anxious for them to open. Now we don't have to drive to Modesto or Stockton to grocery shop.
Whydowelivehere
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November 04, 2010
Yeah!! Nope no card required.
Wobbley
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November 04, 2010
Safeway's always had good customer service. Savemart has better meat though (pricewise).
imjustanobody
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November 04, 2010
hello winco.....good-bye savemart, safeway, foodmaxx....
lorrainew16
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November 04, 2010
LET THE SAVINGS BEGIN, YAHOO!


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