WEEK #43, OCTOBER 25th 2021

Dear Customers,   A few weeks ago in this column, I alluded to several changes/improvements that would soon be coming to Costa’s Supermarket.  If you are a regular visitor, you are already aware of them before most people read about them here.  At the end of September, we changed our cash register line-up from four…

WEEK #42 OCTOBER 18th – 24th

Dear Customers,   As we look forward to the approaching holidays, there are many enjoyable associated traditions that we look forward to year in and year out.  Many of these, at least for me, are food related!  For instance, if your mom, like mine, used to make meatballs only on special occasions; Christmas, Easter, possibly…

WEEK #41 OCTOBER 11th – 17th

  Dear Customers, Our ad plans follow the weeks of the year since it makes it easier to compare the same week a year ago to this week, vis-à-vis sales, promotions, etc. I was more than a little surprised that this week was already Week #41, rendering 2021 nearly 80% complete! The next two months…

WEEK #40 OCTOBER 4th, 2021

Dear Customers, October means many things to the residents of the great northwestern corner of Pennsylvania.  The nights are chilly while the days are still temperate.  The hills are alive with colors ranging from green to yellow to brilliant reds and oranges.  It’s candy for the soul! But sadly, nighttime comes earlier and stays longer…

WEEK #39 SEPTEMBER 27th 2021

Dear Customers, Walking up and down the aisles of this supermarket, I am dismayed by the number of empty spots caused by shortages we’re still experiencing 18 mos. after the onset of the pandemic.  Realistically, it’s nowhere near as bad as what we suffered through a year ago where whole categories were out of stock. …

WEEK #38 SEPTEMBER 20TH

Dear Customers, If you happened to travel this past summer, say from McKean County to Florida, the Outer Banks or even Portland, Oregon, you would expect to see certain brands on your grocer’s shelves no matter where you were.  Campbell’s soups?  A given.  The same with Pepsi, Coke, Tide and Pillsbury.  These are company’s which…

WEEK #37 SEPTEMBER 13th 2021

Dear Customers, Professional sports are huge in this country.  The majority of Americans follow at least one of the major sports and some – all of them!  Baseball claims to be America’s game, but in reality, football comes in first with baseball right behind in second place.  Pro basketball is third followed closely by hockey.…

WEEK #36 SEPTEMBER 6th – 12th

Dear Customers, Many’s the time I’ve bemoaned the fact that due to printing deadlines, I have to write this column 3 or 4 weeks before you read it.  That’s usually not a problem but it becomes so when it pertains to time-sensitive information.  I often completely forget that there’s going to be a certain holiday…

WEEK #35 AUGUST 30th 2021

WEEK #35 August 30th, 2021    Dear Customers, According to the Gregorian Calendar, the one most widely used in the world today since the year 1582, Summer begins on or about June 21st and concludes some three months later on September 21st or 22nd.  It is a solar calendar based upon the Earth’s revolution around…

WEEK #34 AUGUST 23rd

Dear Customers, Those long, lazy nights of summer are drawing to a close.  No longer are bedtimes optional, they’re suddenly mandatory. Schools around the Commonwealth get back into full swing this week, many this Wednesday.  The rattle of big yellow buses climbing the Mechanic St. hill in the morning necessitates that I leave the house…