RVA Deals

Check out this week’s top picks for deals on meat, produce, staples, and more. And find out what losing Ukrop’s would mean for grocery prices.

Listening to last week’s stories about Richmond grocery icon Ukrop’s being for sale, I immediately thought “What would losing Ukrop’s mean for grocery prices?”

Very little, in my non-expert opinion.

Even though recent promotions like One Day Deals and double coupon Wednesdays have shown some progress towards lower sale prices, Ukrop’s reputation is not built on price-competitiveness. It isn’t the store putting downward pressure on prices, like Kroger, Food Lion, or Walmart. Instead, Ukrop’s has traditionally positioned itself as the “high-quality products and customer service” game in town… with the occasional good sale.

Any outcome, except for closing or being bought by a chain already in Richmond, would likely have no effect or a downward effect on grocery prices. If Ukrop’s were bought by Harris Teeter, as some rumors suggest, the coupon policy would actually become more favorable – Double coupons up to $.99 every day, and sometimes triple coupons up to $.50! A girl can dream, with apologies to Richmonders distraught at the thought of losing their beloved institution.

(The Kroger Mega Event “Buy 10 participating items, get $5 off” continues this week, so some Top Picks from last week are still on sale.)

Meat Top Pick

With coupon from Ukrop’s Savings Spot kiosk in-store, score Bumble Bee Chunk White Albacore Tuna for $.88/can (limit 10).

Veggie Top Pick

Slice up some Virginia-grown cucumbers, only $.58 each at Ukrop’s.

Fruit Top Pick

Get your blueberries before it’s really too late, $2 for 1 pint at Ukrop’s.

Dairy Top Pick

Smart Balance Spread or Butter Blend is $1.49 with Kroger Mega Event savings (6/21 Red Plum coupon insert also had a “$1 off 2” coupon).

Staples Top Pick

Walgreen’s has $.99 Betty Crocker Au Gratin boxed potatoes this week.

Snacks & Sweets Top Pick

At Kroger, choose between Tostitos chips or 15-oz salsa jars for $1.99 after 10-item Mega sale discount.

Beverages Top Pick

Stay hydrated in the summer heat! Deer Park water 3-liters are just $.49 when bought as part of the Mega Event promotion.

Household Top Pick

Rain+SummerFun=Dirt. Ivory 12-oz body wash or 3-ct bar soap are on sale for $1 at Kroger.

Find more deals by accessing the stores’ weekly ads online:

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Alison Brown

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