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Pimpbot Feb 20th 2005 3:20 pm

Brit food update for the Arizonans
 
We have stores here in AZ called AJ's, which are upmarketish grocery stores which I believe are run by Bashas?. Usually they are very expensive to shop at(2 stuffed chicken breasts $20!) and I have noticed the odd Brit food item in the past. But just recently they opened up a new store close to 44th and Camelback(for the locals) and we went there yesterday and found Robinsons Orange, two types of Barley water, Hob Nobs, Lion Bars, Mars bars, Crunchies, Ambrosia Custard and Rice pudding. Looking at the labels, they were all U.K. originals and the price undercut the Brit store here and in some cases, Cost plus world market. The Robinsons was $3.75 I think, compared to $5.00 in the Brit store. Their PGtips was cheaper for 40 than the Britstore, but about 50 cents more for two, than buying 80 for $6.99 at Cost Plus. My wife got a giggle out of watching how excited I was with my find!.

They also have the S&B curry sause that was spoken about a few weeks back in all three styles mild/medium/hot but its almost double the price that I bought it at Walmart for.

David C Feb 21st 2005 12:49 am

Re: Brit food update for the Arizonans
 

Originally Posted by Pimpbot
We have stores here in AZ called AJ's, which are upmarketish grocery stores which I believe are run by Bashas?. Usually they are very expensive to shop at(2 stuffed chicken breasts $20!) and I have noticed the odd Brit food item in the past. But just recently they opened up a new store close to 44th and Camelback(for the locals) and we went there yesterday and found Robinsons Orange, two types of Barley water, Hob Nobs, Lion Bars, Mars bars, Crunchies, Ambrosia Custard and Rice pudding. Looking at the labels, they were all U.K. originals and the price undercut the Brit store here and in some cases, Cost plus world market. The Robinsons was $3.75 I think, compared to $5.00 in the Brit store. Their PGtips was cheaper for 40 than the Britstore, but about 50 cents more for two, than buying 80 for $6.99 at Cost Plus. My wife got a giggle out of watching how excited I was with my find!.

They also have the S&B curry sause that was spoken about a few weeks back in all three styles mild/medium/hot but its almost double the price that I bought it at Walmart for.

Its good, but do they stock anything like the cross section of items that your local Brtistore does? AJ's will have the purchasing power as a chain or the ability with the markup on their other products to cross subsidise or sell those 'specialist' items such as the Robinsons at a cheaper price than your local Britstore. They also dont rely soley on the sale of those specialist products to stay in business. By all means save some money on the items you mentioned, but remember to support your local Britstore who will always stock your favourite items when AJ's doesn't bother anymore. So long as you help him stay in business of course!

fatbrit Feb 21st 2005 1:06 am

Re: Brit food update for the Arizonans
 
Cheers -- I'll give it a go. Haven't been in an AJ's since we first arrived! Do you have to clean the car before you park in their lot?

Pimpbot Feb 21st 2005 1:23 am

Re: Brit food update for the Arizonans
 

Originally Posted by fatbrit
Cheers -- I'll give it a go. Haven't been in an AJ's since we first arrived! Do you have to clean the car before you park in their lot?

Well, due to the lousy weather here over the last few weeks, we haven't cleaned ours for ages. We still got in though lol.

As far as going to the Brit store, I haven't been in months because the only Brit Item I need on a regular basis is tea bags and I work right near a cost plus and get 80 for $6.99 instead of $8.75. The Brit store is 5 minutes from my house, but I don't really want anything else from them now, where as when I first moved, I was in there once or twice a month.


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