So I just got back from my 2nd visit to the Monnette's on Summit St here in the point. I first visited the store in it's first week of opening. The offerings were slim and not the best quality. I continued to use the Glendale location as it was on my way to/from work. I went tonight because Kroger on Suder is getting over crowded due to the Manhattan store closing down and I needed some items to make a salad and was looking for some fruit. What I found was 3 cantaloupe sitting on a table, very soft, avocados (very petite) and again soft, about 6 total red/yellow peppers that were wrinkly, lemons that were caving in and turning brown, 4-5 pints of strawberries that were on special, but the mold got to them before I could, rotting yellow squash, a heap of cucumbers that after digging though I did find what I hope to be an acceptable choice. The others had breaks in the skin, and around that break it was drying out and the skin was curling back. I guess this is more of a rant, but I really hope this gets back to John or whichever one of his kids is running that store. I had a hard time handing over that one dollar for the 2 cucumbers.
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I've also heard very bad things about this new location.
My understanding is, it was opened by the son of the owner of all of the other Monnette's. SO, while it has the same name and concept, I believe it's under different management than the good ones.
Its actually run by the grandson of the original Monette owners of the place on Tremainsville that no longer exists. It seems that each one is owned by one of the children. While I do not understand the reason for the lack of freshness, because I have experienced the same - I am hoping come summer it will be flourishing. The kid is really nice and if he is just getting the "leftovers" from the Detroit orders (an article said that is where they order) I can see the problem. That said, I have been going to Meijer for most. But, they do get some GREAT bread products shipped in from Detroit and I pick those up.
The one over here in Sylvania is wonderful. Always fresh produce. I usually have produce issues at the Kroger in Sylvania- literally 3 minutes away. I hope the one in Point Place turns around.
sad to hear this, I love Monettes now, but doesn't anyone remember that the Tremainsville location really was just an outlet for farmers market or wholesalers leftovers?? My docs office was almost just next door the whole time my kids were growing up and I was at Monette's at least once a month. You ALWAYS had to be careful what you bought there and the store smelled bad. When they started branching out, and I started to have more money to spend, it was hard to get me to walk in the door. My daughter and I work for UTMC, so she started going to the one on Glendale and got me back into it. Love that store, but haven't been in any of the others. Yer right, Ryan, sounds like the kid is having to start out like his grandfather did.
it seems strange for the family to allow the low quality establishments to bring down the name of the good ones
Print this thread and take it into any of the "good" locations (the one on Glendale is my favorite). Make sure to ask for the owner and show it to him.
Their business is really a word of mouth advertising-dependent. That's the way they usually steal customers away from the big grocery chains (after all, you are making a special trip to their store for fresh produce you perceive as better than Kroger--and it is).
I'll bet one of the brothers that owns the current "good" stores heads to PP to straighten sh&t out that day. They take customer complaints seriously--it isn't a franchise business. It's their livelihood!
thats a good point. honestly after hearing about the new location, I had sort of taken all of the Monnettes off my radar.
I gave Monnette's in the Point many more chances than they deserved - and was thoroughly disappointed each time.
Most of the produce is about 10 minutes away from the dumpster and the rest should already be in it.
However, Ryan is right about the bread they get from some Italian bakery in Livonia - it's awesome - just make sure you get it when it's fresh as it seems to sit around there. Imagine that, Ryan and I agree on something.
I've never been a big fan of Monnette's in general. I've always found their produce to be somewhat second rate with the occassional lucky find. But, as I've always made known, I tend to be pretty picky. I actually drive to Livonia once or twice a month to stock up on what I consider to be absolute top quality stuff and use the local produce selections if I'm out of something.
That being said, Meijer has a pretty good selection overall. Kroger in the Point (in general) has some mighty lousy produce at premium prices unless you catch a special.
Speaking of Kroger in the Point, that place has become generally unacceptable to me as a place to shop. Recently, I've been doing my "Krogering" at Monroe and Secor. Much better selection of goods IMHO.
Glad you like the bread. It really is a find, imo.
People call the Kroger on Secor and Monroe “Dirty Kroger” and when the Manhattan store was open they called it “Kroghetto”.
Just sayin’. Lately I have been doing a half and half shuffle with Kroger and Meijer.
There was a time I would have agreed with the "Dirty Kroger" moniker for that location. They have put a lot of effort into sprucing it up and it shows. Their selection of everything is far superior to the Point location.
But, it's also a very high volume store so maybe that's why.
One of my biggest complaints with Kroger in the Point is that the employees appear to spend more time outside the entrances smoking than they do stocking, bagging and cart collecting. Including the manager.
I have no issue with their choice to smoke - but do you have to do it at the front entrances to the store where the rest of us are then forced to make our way through the stench and piles of discarded cigarette butts?
Here we go agreeing again (spooky). I have been tempted to complain about that and some of the employees that can’t seem to keep their mouth shut when chewing gum. It may be a grocery store, but have a little decorum. Last thing I want to see is the wad of Bazooka in my cashiers mug.
There ois nothing better than Bratwurst from Monettes...Blueberry, mixed fruit.....different but the best
Blue cheese bratwurst from Anderson's is good too!
Any comments on Ciolino's on Lewis? Used to shop there but a bit out of the way now.
I used to be a regular as well there. But a few years back they revamped the store and had less produce and more non-perishables. Nice array of foreign staples though. But anymore I might stop there if I am going to Zeilers liquor store across the street, but that’s about it.
Once Ciolino's was re-vamped, spruced up, so were the prices. Only go by if stopping at the Way/Aunt Millie's Bakery Outlet. Great selection, prefer it to Wonder Bakery.
I think the Andersons Market at Sylvania near King has a good selection of produce.
I also shop at the Monnette's at Alexis/Monroe occasionally - that one seems to be well run. I used to shop at the one on Glendale occasionally awhile back. Guess I'll have to remember not to try the one in the Point any time soon.
Well, it would not make much sense for you to drive all the way out here. That's why I have only been to Andersons Market once. I was on the road already and it was a nice day so I decided to check it out. Looked like a nice place, but the aisle are so close together and the people were such zombies I had to leave before I punched someone in the throat. The Glendale one used to have THE BEST ribeyes, but no more.
Actually, we do shop at Lee Williams out there occasionally.
My husband grew up in the Point, and so did both of his parents. He has a few places he likes to stop when we're out that way visiting family. So, I was still glad to get the scoop on Monnette's out there, just in case we were tempted to stop in during one of our ventures out that way. :)
I'm thinking we'll have to make a trip over to Famous Amy's soon - my kids get a kick out of stopping there.
Never got into them, try as I might. Prefer Rudys, but the car hops are fun. I guess the ice cream treats are good - just not a draw for me. No real sweet tooth.
Yeah, we tend to go for the novelty/"fun" factor for the kids.
I'm not a big hot dog person, so the food isn't a big draw for me in and of itself. Though I do like ice cream. :) When my husband and I were dating, we used to walk down to the ice cream place in the Point as well. Can't think of the name, but its the walk-up stand just down the street from Famous Amy's.
(Wow, this whole topic is bringing back memories of when I was first dating my husband - we used to walk over to breakfast at Family Affair on weekends too.)
Breakfast? That would mean you spent the night.
Why you saucy lil’ minx!