Wow. What an Improvement

31 Oct

Holy crap.

The new Star Market in Chestnut Hill (which opened yesterday) is awesome.

Finally, we have a supermarket worthy of the zip code — one that’s a huge improvement over the old one.

I went to check out this glorious place after work last night, after weeks of waiting for it to open (months, actually, considering how long the place was under construction).

Suffice it to say, the wait was worth it. I mean, I know I get a little excited sometimes about silly stuff. But man, this was an impressive place.

I walked up and down the aisles a couple times, and just kept saying “Wow.”

Any brand-new store is going to be spick-and-span clean when it first opens, but this Star Market glows. It’s a beautiful and bright store inside and out, with fun design touches and a vastly improved and increased inventory.

For example, the rows aren’t numbered. Instead, they’re named after local streets (Pond St., Walnut St., Boylston St., and so on).

There are so many yogurts in the yogurt section (see above), that I could probably try a different one every day for three months.

Prepared food options include fresh pizza, sushi, sandwiches, and a noodle bar.

Buy too much? Don’t worry: A conveyor will bring your entire shopping cart down while you take an escalator.

And, no surprise given that it was opening day, customer service people are everywhere waiting to guide you to where the food item you need is or to make the checkout lines go quicker.

And speaking of which …

If I had anything to complain about, it’s that there weren’t enough self-service checkout stations (only four). Standing there in line holding my wicked-hot custom-made stir-fry, I had to wait till some super-slow folks finished acclimating themselves to the technology.

But no matter; my food was still steaming hot (and tasty) when I got it home, and my hands cooled off quickly enough.

And I know the conventional wisdom is that there will always be stupid people in front of me who hold up the works at the self-service checkout stations. That’s never going to change.

In short, the new Star Market is wicked cool, and I just hope that it stays that way.

Soon, I’m sure, the place will be overrun by the same folks who don’t know how to park in one spot, and who mess everything up, and it’ll be just like any other supermarket.

But for now … holy crap, is it great. Can’t wait to go back on Sunday to do my actual weekly shopping run.

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