Posted at: 08/08/2013 2:29 PM
| Updated at: 08/08/2013 6:11 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - It started in the basement of some foodies back in the mid-1970's.
"I can remember sitting in the kitchen with our son and people going down stairs to the basement and coming back, hello, hello, hello," said Gary Goldberg, an original member of the Honest Weight Food Co-operative.
Now a 30-thousand square foot store is opened near Exit 5 of I-90, almost back to back with the recently established ShopRite on Central Avenue, within an easy walk of big Price Chopper and Hannaford as well.
A lot of choices for West End residents, with even more companies within a few more miles.
"I shop at ShopRite and Honest Weight and Price Chopper and Hannford," said the president of the West End Neighborhood Association, Sam Coleman. "I support all the local businesses in the community."
The Honest Weight Co-op is a bit different from its major supermarket competitors.
It's member owned and operated.
No plastic bags at checkout, here it's paper or, even better, re-useable canvas.
It certainly has the basic look of a conventional supermarket, but you'll find a lot of unfamiliar brands, not many of the familiar national and store labels of the competition.
This shopper thought shelf prices for many of the items were higher than the major chains, although members get significant discounts from the price charged ordinary shoppers.
Bottom line, it's another option encouraging competition which should benefit consumers.