If you guys follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may or may not have seen how geeky-nerdy-excited I was about the new Joe V’s Smart Shop opening, here, in Baytown. The Grand Opening was yesterday and I was there, in the rain and everything.
I’ve totally missed my H-E-B the last few weeks and have been forced to shop at other grocery stores, in which I will not name. A friend of mine picked me up and we headed out to our new grocery store. I’ve never been in a Joe V’s Smart Shop before, so I really had no idea what to expect. I knew it would look like a Costco and would have insane low prices, but that’s about it. I went. I shopped. I, quickly, realized that if you’re a newbie to Joe V’s Smart Shop, there’s a few things you need to know before arriving.
1. Form of payment: They only accept cash, debit, WIC, and Lonestar. Yeah, if you have a credit card? You can’t use it. If you’re looking to pay with a check (really? who does that anymore?), you’re out of luck. This is a bummer for me because I NEVER use debit. I always use credit. That will take some getting used.
2. Paying for your groceries: This really bugged me, for some reason. You don’t ACTUALLY give the cashier your money. If using debit, you slide it (obviously), but if you’re using cash, you insert it into this machine. It just sucks it right up and gives you change. I’ve seen these at different stores at “self checkout,” but I didn’t see a reason for it when you have a real LIVE cashier in front of you. It really takes the personable experience out of shopping.
3. You bag your own groceries: Dude. When I lived in Memphis, I couldn’t shop at Aldi because of this. It’s not that I’m lazy, but you try shopping with three children in a busy store. I’m juggling my coupons, my purse, screaming kids, buzzing cell phone, AND trying to make sure all my stuff is ringing up at the correct price. Now I have to bag too? I don’t think I can get used to this unless I’m shopping alone, which never happens. Kind of reminds me of the security line at the airport. There’s a long line of people behind you and you’re trying to go as fast as you can.
4. Prices are seriously crazy low: See. You thought I was going all negative here, but no. I was REALLY impressed with how low their prices are. Joe V’s has crazy specials. My baby’s favorite yogurt drinks were .78 for a four pack! While his little lunchables, he likes for snack time, were .88. How can you beat that?
5. You find so much more than groceries: Now, my old H-E-B didn’t have much more than groceries. It was a rather small, but Joe V’s has baby booster seats, lawn sets, blenders, ice chests, and EVEN toys. This might backfire on you because my little guy BEGGED to buy a toy. Either way, they definitely give you variety of products with low prices.
6. Don’t take pictures: I’m a blogger and I take lots of pictures when I’m out shopping for posting purposes, but I’ve often taken pictures of the kids pushing the cart (because it’s cute) or take pictures of deodorant making sure it’s the one my husband wants. Yeah. Joe V’s doesn’t like pictures. In fact, I was asked to put my camera away or leave, even AFTER I explained why I had it. So. I learned my lesson. No picture taking. Take heed.
While the above were the things that stood out the most to me, there are a few other tidbits I feel are worth sharing:
Joe V’s has great meat specials and EVEN meat packs that have a variety of meat selection for a low price.
You mean to tell me I can get fresh pan dulce AT my grocery store now? Ummm… Heck yeah.
You know how Target always has a million checkout stations, but only two cashiers? Yeah, Joe V’s has you covered. There were tons!
Oh and the staff was exceptionally nice. Jennifer here let me take a picture of her (before the manager told me not to take pictures), and informed me just how Joe V’s was set up, what form of payment they accepted, etc.
Will I shop there again? The answer to that is yes. My budget takes a beating at the other stores and, to be honest? I LOVE H-E-B brand products. So, if I don’t have an H-E-B nearby, I’ll settle on bagging my own groceries. Have you been to a Joe V’s? What’s your take?
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