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Food Lion has been busy quietly developing a new grocery store pilot based on a back-to-basics shopping environment that is deep in product at discount prices. The new stores, called Bottom Dollar, are between 25,000 to 30,000 square feet, and carry fresh produce, meats, national and private label brands, prepackaged products all at discount prices.

Food Lion opened the first Bottom Dollar model in High Point, N.C. on Sept. 21, and is now in the process of building a third store, planned to open in Asheboro, N.C.

"We did a great deal of research into what consumers wanted, and found shoppers are very savvy [and] interested in getting the most for their money through a price, quality, and selection equation," said Tom Anderson, Bottom Dollarís director. "Bottom Dollar hits all of those marks by providing customers with a full-shop grocery experience that offers a wide variety of brand name products at discount prices in an environment that is bright, cheerful, and inviting."

Along with the discount prices and large inventory levels, Bottom Dollar stores are focused on a simple product-pushed merchandising concept, where customers may find grocery products in bin boxes, cut boxed cases, and pallet for quick grab-and-go shopping. Customers bag their own groceries, all in a fun environment.

"From the first two test stores, we have been hearing positive comments from customers saying they really love the concept," Anderson said. "Because we have six times more products on our shelves than a typical discount grocer, many people have said they are impressed with the wide selection of fresh items and name brand products we offer. And, since the store is all about best prices, everyone is happy to get the most value for their dollar."

Food Lion will be closely monitoring customer reaction to the new model and adjusting Bottom Dollar strategies as they continue to develop and grow the new stores.

Food Lion LLC, a subsidiary of Delhaize America, operates 1,300 supermarkets under the Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys, Reid's, and Bottom Dollar banners, in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

Comments
June 21, 2006 at 5:26 pm
(1) Darrell says:

Be prepared to sacrifice all that you know about a typical shopping experience. In Fredericksburg, VA we had our Food Lion convert to a Bottom Dollar and the results are awful. We had to tell the teller before she started scanning our items how many bags we wanted. It’s five cents a bag. Then she proceded to scan everything and put it on a 2′ X 2′ little shelf so we could bag our groceries. We won’t be going back.

July 13, 2006 at 12:15 pm
(2) Mike says:

Bag your own groceries? 5 cents a bag? A “fun” shopping experience? Rebranding an exisiting Laurel MD Food Lion that is a 1/2 mile from $500k Townhomes soon to be built, and a mile from $800k homes already being built? A stones throw from City Hall? Let me suggest to Tom Anderson that instead of going forward with rebranding the exiting store, they just shutter it and save themeselve a “fun” but losing experience. My family will not shop at Bottom Dollar — we’ll do our shopping at Giant, Safeway and Shoppers.

July 17, 2006 at 3:27 pm
(3) Shopping for a new grocer. says:

Very disappointed AND I feel that if I must PAY for my bags they could at least put the groceries in them. I liked food lion the way it was, a nice grocery store that wasn’t ripping me off at every turn. Too bad.

July 18, 2006 at 12:42 pm
(4) Laverne Michaels says:

Why keep it such a secret? Why not inform your loyal Food Lion customers that you were totally destroying their store? Mine is not totally converted yet, but from what I have been reading and hearing, I won’t be happy. Which is it, bag your own groceries and have to pay for the bags? What a ripoff!! And no offense, but I don’t want to shop at a store catering to Spanish-speaking and Asian cultures. I am an American and expect my grocery store to cater to English-speaking Americans. After all, this is still America, is it not? What a shame! Shame on you Food Lion! You’ve just lost another loyal shopper!

July 22, 2006 at 12:55 pm
(5) Randy Corbin says:

We’ve just discovered that our Food Lion is going this way and my wife and I are excited. We moved here from an area where we had stores like this and have really missed them. In our former locale we gladly took our own bags and bagged our own groceries, pleased to save the dollars. We can hardly wait until Bottom Dollar opens. Thanks, Tom Anderson, for your insightful entrepreneurial leadership!

July 25, 2006 at 12:42 pm
(6) Kelly says:

Bottom Dollar is awful. I love a bargain – I am a sale shopper, but I am afraid of getting sick purchasing meat or vegetables from them. There are more gnats and flies and such flying all over the place – vegetables seem to have been picked out of other grocers dumpsters. I stopped and watched the butchers…first the door going back there had no glass in it…piles of meat just laying around, not wrapped up and again..bugs flying around. Gross! Only good thing is that they had a good beer sale once!

July 26, 2006 at 10:11 pm
(7) GG says:

I switched to Food Lion about 13 years ago after having spine surgery because they didn’t require me to unload my cart and rebag my groceries afterward. I have been a loyal customer for 13 years because they had such a variety of items. Safeway, Giant and Shoppers all had the same old stuff. Now, it looks like FL is reverting to the old Shoppers format–bag your own groceries and buy the bags. Shoppers finally learned that we resented that and changed. Goodbye, Food Lion!

July 27, 2006 at 9:00 am
(8) Kim says:

I’ve stopped about three times at our local bottom dollar and have not been disappointed at all. It’s a great way to save money and still get quality products. I can honestly say I’ve never noticed the lack of quality in the meat or veggies, just much lower prices. As long as you know how to pick out the meat and produce, there’s no difference in quality from Giant or Shoppers. As far as buying your own bags…I bring them with me, I have too many around the house anyhow, and you also have the option to use their cardboard boxes to pack your things in for free. It’s a small price to pay for much, much lower prices. As a mother of six in a family of eight, bottom dollar is just what we needed.

July 31, 2006 at 3:49 pm
(9) Melva Murphy says:

I think what they have done to our Food Lion is awful. The selection of merchandise is poor and they have 2 full rows of dollar junk. I don’t like having to bag my groceries and paying for the them. They say because it is cheaper, it is the same price. I really enjoyed Food Lion, but not anymore. There are also alot of seniors that use this store and they can’t afford to buy bags and much less bag their own. Some use walkers and those motorized carts. This is really a shame. I will go elsewhere to a store with a better selection and better customer service.

August 14, 2006 at 6:14 pm
(10) KSee says:

I just got home from Food Lion where most of the shelves are emptying. No magazines at checkout. Products on shelves is wrong places. At the checkout I asked if they were closing, no but sometime in Septemer changing to Bottom Dollar. Other locations changing to Bloom. She said we were getting BD because we were consider lower income! Please, this is the Mount Vernon end of US Rt1. The average price of a condo is $325M, they are building all along Rt 1 $750 town homes. Good thing I am a member of Costco & can continue to shop at Traders Joes & Giant. Bottom Dollar forget it!
Fairfax County VA

August 15, 2006 at 9:34 pm
(11) natasha Bridge says:

i think that bottom dollar is a wonderful concept. its a fun place to shop and all the employees are friendly. i can safely say that because i’m a friendly cashier that works at the new Bottom Dollar in Featherstone plaza. Every one there are wonderful. i encourage everyone to shop there. “the best prices every day.” prices that will make buying bags worth it!!!

August 16, 2006 at 9:33 pm
(12) DLBUpset says:

Food Lion has been busy quietly developing a new grocery store pilot based on a back-to-basics shopping environment that is deep in product at discount prices.

What has Food Lion done? It has added a sparely stocked fly infested supposedly discounted Bottom Dollar food store. Bottom Dollar is awful. Sterling did not ask for it. Food Lion was acceptable with great selections and prices. Now because of your great idea to transform our store, Giant, Sam’s Club, Safeway and Shopper’s Food will exclusively be used by me, my friend and everyone I speak to.

TO ALL STERLING RESIDENTS — BOYCOTT BOTTOM DOLLAR AND FOOD LION — THEY SHOWED US HOW THEY VALUE US — BOTTOM DOLLAR.

August 23, 2006 at 1:15 am
(13) Jane says:

I was very dissapointed to see that the “Bottom Dollar” on 208/Ct. House Rd., in Spotsylvania, VA, is selling “Milk Cow” meat instead of steer meat, as a cheaper alternative to their regular steer meat(which they also sell). I tried the “rib-eye” cut and it was tough and full of heavy, dense fat and very little edible meat. Won’t buy any meat there again. What a disapointment.

August 23, 2006 at 8:42 am
(14) Debbi says:

I hate this Bottom Dollar concept. Not good at all! I was told I had to become a member and a card to shop there. I don’t want another card taking up space in my wallet. Therefore, I refuse to shop there in the future. There are too many other grocery chains in my area to be bother with applying for another card. Goodbye Bottom Dollar!

August 24, 2006 at 9:19 am
(15) Mary says:

I shopped at the new Bottom Dollar at Featherstone Plaza in Woodbridge, VA and had a great time!! Employees very friendly & helpful, vegetables were fresh and selection was wide. I don’t understand all the negative comments made here about BD – I think it’s much better than the Safeway I shopped at where vegetables WERE fruit fly infested, and products shelf dates were expired – and this was on a regular basis! Way to go, Bottom Dollar, my neighbors & I are going back. FYI – buying bags? At $.05/bag, that’s a quarter for 5 of them, they are sturdy and you can bring them back to use again!! With the money I saved at BD with what would normally cost $100 at Safeway was only $63 at BD – with no coupons, that quarter for the bags was well spent. I say you can’t beat it – keep it up BD! Your newest loyal customer

August 25, 2006 at 3:08 pm
(16) Julia says:

I was pretty shocked when I heard about the transition of the Laurel, MD Food Lion into a Bottom Dollar. I’ve always liked shopping at that Food Lion, because it is within a long walk from my home, has the items I need when I need to grab something in a hurry, and has wonderfully friendly staff. The location hasn’t changed. The staff is still friendly. The store *is* brighter and the aisles are wider (about 1/3 of the aisles have been removed), but I doubt I will shop there often. They simply don’t sell items that I want/need to buy. After going there with what I thought was a fairly simple list, I was only able to purchase 1/3 of the items on my list. That meant that I had to go home, drop off the groceries, and then drive back out to another grocery store. It isn’t a bargain if you have to make two grocery store runs instead of one. I’ll gladly pay extra if I can get it all in one stop. Given the demographics of Laurel right around that storefront, why not switch it to a Bloom? (Or better yet, just bring back Food Lion.)

August 29, 2006 at 8:57 pm
(17) Jay says:

I recently visited Bottom Dollar located in Dumfries, VA. I must say that I was totally disappointed in the way that the store was set up. The lines were long and the store did not have enough cashier working to handle the amount of shoppers standing in line to checkout. I also saw an application for a MVP card that was in spanish instead of english. My question to Tom Anderson is, has Food Lion forgotten that their stores are located in the United States? This strategic move will cost Food Lion in the end.

September 2, 2006 at 10:08 pm
(18) Tom says:

The prices are GREAT but the selection and service leave something to be desired.

September 8, 2006 at 5:26 pm
(19) Vince says:

I, for one, am disappointed that all three of the Food Lions in Fauquier are “going” Bloom instead of at least one becoming a Bottom Dollar. For me, price is key…I often make the trek to Woodbridge to shop at Aldi (yes, that weird “foreign” grocery store where you…gasp…not only have to buy bags and pack your own groceries, you have to “rent” a cart too!). I don’t care about brand (especially since most “store” brands are made by the same companies as the “name” brands), looks aren’t important either. What does matter is the impact on my wallet. Come on Food Lion, bring us a Bottom Dollar!

September 11, 2006 at 3:55 am
(20) Jesse says:

If you live in an area with a Super Wal Mart, Bottom Dollar probably cant beat their prices. I used to live in Myrtle Beach, SC and would frequently shop at Super Wal Mart for all my grocery needs, they just flat out had the lowest prices in town. To me whats important is quality and saving money. Unfortunately in most major metropolitan areas like the Washington DC Metro Area where I live (Northern Virginia) there are no super Wal Marts, so I would glady welcome a Bottom Dollar as long as its a good store. I also recommend Shoppers, their prices seem lower than Safeway and Giant, both of which have rediculously high prices.

September 11, 2006 at 4:00 am
(21) Jesse here again says:

One other hint of advice. In an ever growing world of uncertainty and higher prices on goods, such as food. I have decided to educate myself and try to learn how I can start growing some of my own fruits and vegetables. If you are fortunate to live in an area with some land and space, you can grow certain fruits and vegetables year round. Go to google and type hydroponics and aeroponics or check out http://www.cropking.com. You can grow tomatoes, lettuce, spinache, strawberries, and other produce in a year round environment where pests and bugs are not a problem. Self sufficiency is a good solution, and you may not be able to provide all your food needs this way, but it certainly will help, and its awesome.

September 18, 2006 at 6:36 am
(22) Laura Howlett says:

Bottom Dollar needs to change their name to “Ghetto Dollar”. This absolutely the worst store I have have ever stepped foot in. The store is located 30 seconds away from my home in Fredericksburg, VA. I would rather drive further to the local Giant and pay more. I will say that I did visit Bloom yesterday and was very impressed. But Bloom is even further than Giant. All I can say is that I will never return to Bottom Dollar, no matter how convenient it may be.

September 19, 2006 at 8:55 pm
(23) Victoria J Blan says:

I like Bottom Dollar. We had 3 Foodlions here in Asheboro, NC. But they took one of them and turned it into a Bottom Dollar. It looks to me like the Bottom Dollar here in Asheboro, is doing just fine. There are quite a few people that are shopping there each time I go. I have purchased some bags. But I most of the time carry my own bags with me, so I don’t have to purchase any. I have to admit, I think since they have you bagging your own groceries, they need another place for you to do it at. If I have a lot of groceries, and am by myself, it takes me a little time to bag them. But It is nice to be able to save a little on groceries.

September 23, 2006 at 2:15 am
(24) Joy Temblor says:

It is awful I shopped in Sterling location and I don’t like everything when u go in there I don’t feel that I am in United State. I feel like somewhere in the Poor Country that is speaking Hispanic or Chilango only. I don’t mind if they hired multi colors people as long as they speak the HOST COUNTRY language which is English.These people doesn’t want to speak the English Language THEY MUST GO BACK HOME ASAP.
The reason that I am in this site was I am looking to find out if the owner of Bottom Dollar is Hispanic BECAUSE I would never shop their again.( more reason not to shop because they are Hispanic).Since the Hispanic is very RUDE attitude. Since the protest I don’t eat tacos and anything made from hisapanic Co. food etc.
Note: as of Comment by Laverne Michaels ? July 18, 2006
I like your attitude of being American
( United State American)Note:Hispanic claimed also that they are American because of ( Central or Latin America. But why you don’t protest againts the Hispanic that are asking to be rewarded of citizenship after they commited a crime to be here elegally( I am sorry they are not elegal they are just undocumented)
Anyway I am educated Oriental woman I never speak my native language in public that they can’t undesrtand to what I am saying I believe that it is ILL manner and rude to speak another language besides English. Hispanic are the Rudest and the most arrogant animals that I ever known.I have a small business and they all think that services are free like all the free stuffed they got from Gov.

By the way I am American since 1995 I don’t used asian american etc.because I lost my right from my native Country I give that up to be United State Citizen and I speak the Citizen Language.

I never go back to shop to this store and their prices are not cheap as they advertised on the radio.

Thank you for the chance for my free speach right

September 26, 2006 at 1:36 pm
(25) Stephanie says:

The Food Lion near my house in Frederick, MD was converted about 2 months ago to a Bottom Dollar. After being out right lied to and being told by the employees that the store had been sold, I noticed that the inventory began to become scarce. Even the most basic items like butter, milk and eggs were no where to be found during the transition. I stopped going to the store.

About two weeks after it was opened, I went in just to give it a try. The prices were not bad, the selection was very disappointing, and the store looked like a disaster. Shelving units broken, flies in the produce department, remnants of spills coating the floor, and the smell of rancid products is an embarrassment to the community. Yuck! It was awful, bagging my own groceries did not bother me, though I was not going to pay for bags, but in order to get cash back, you had to pay a 3 dollar or more service charge. I tried a couple more times to give them a chance, but there was only more deterioration.

This type of store has attracted many unsavory people to hang out in front of the building making many citizens nervous about the area and this downward trend. This is a horrible move, and I no longer will shop there.

September 28, 2006 at 1:12 pm
(26) Kris says:

Our Food Lion changed to a Bottom Dollar here in Ferry Farm. I went there when they first changed and will never step in a BD again. I stood and watched how the cashiers ring you up so quickly. You don’t have much time to bag your groceries and you have to hurry because the next person’s groceries are getting mixed with yours. It reminds me of a Dollar Store and not a grocery store. There is no customer service – I guess you get what you pay for. I won’t go back!

September 28, 2006 at 5:24 pm
(27) Dana says:

I purposely have been searching the web to find somewhere to complain about this horrible Bottom Dollar store here in Woodbridge,Virginia. For starters, I feel it is very unfair and biased on how this grocery store chain decided on which neighborhood or area received a BD versus a Blooms, it’s an economic slap in the face. The store is very cheap looking (especially with the dollar store items in the center of the store), the selection is very limited. The prices are somewhat discounted if you are not buy name brand products. However if you are, those prices are not much lower than another competing store. The cashiers happily toss your things in the cart because they no longer have to bag your groceries which makes this shopping experience feel more like a charity food bank.
I will only shop at BD for the last minute things that I need, I will not fill my cart and spend the hundreds of dollars I used to at Food Lion. Tom Anderson and his cronies missed the ball on this one. The people in the DC area may want a bargain but we don’t want to feel like we’re groveling to get one!

Thanks!

October 2, 2006 at 5:33 pm
(28) Robin says:

We’ve got one of the very first Bottom Dollars near where I work, and it’s fantastic. The meats are fresh and high quality – the produce are about on-par with any Food Lion I’ve ever visted (OK, but not fantastic). Yes, you bring your own bags or box your stuff. But, the prices are pretty good. They’re not always the lowest, I’ve noticed – but if you bring in the competition’s circular, they’ll match pricing. Everyone – I’m originally from Rockville, MD … Bottom Dollar IS NOT THE CALIBER YOU’RE MOST LIKELY LOOKING FOR!!! I can’t belive you guys ever shopped at Food Lion to start with! Try Bloom – you’ll be much happier. If you’re looking for a store that caters to you, BD is NOT the answer. But if you want very low prices, this is the place.

October 22, 2006 at 9:26 am
(29) Ken says:

Bottom Dollar? Bottom of the barrel is more like it. Althogh you can get some good prices, their selection is very limited. Their salad in a bag looks like it will expire any day now. Not only that, their packages feel gritty. It’s close to my house, but I will sacrifice convenience for better service. That’s why I will shop either at Bloom, Harris Teeter, or Wegmans.

Let me give you guys a brief history lesson. Grand Union tried this concept in the 80s with Basics. Safeway followed suit by opening Food Barn. Then A&P got on the bandwagon with Plus.
All three of them had even a better selection than Bottom Dollar, but ALL FAILED!!!!!! Shoppers started out as a “Food Warehouse,” but they realized that it didn’t work and they changed their format.

In two years, watch for Bottom Dollar stores to become “Giant Book Sale” stores.

October 26, 2006 at 12:37 am
(30) Stuart says:

Went to the Bottom Dollar over on Rt. 50 in Fairfax and I didn’t think it was that bad. Some decent prices on things and the store overall was very clean. I’ve seen regular Food Lions that had less stock than this one did. It seemed fairly busy but we’ll see how this works out. I noticed that Fairfax gets two Blooms, one on Lee Highway and the other over at Fair Lakes. I wonder if those will last because they are so close to Wegman’s and they simply can’t compare.

October 30, 2006 at 11:17 am
(31) Alexandria Va says:

I will stick to Aldis..and safway BDollor sucks. as you have to hurry to bag your food for the next customer, as well as not one employee knows what thanks you and have a good pay means or a reply to a customer saying thank you they should say your welcome, but no!!!! they are too busy yelling over to another employee for conversation. never is there any gallons of milk.. the deals as for can food still dont beat aldis. and the manners of employees dont beat aldis, they need to learn that with out customers they have no job/pay, just dont give a @#$% why??? because they know they will keep there job anyway, so there for NEVER will I shop there again.. I have seen the handicap employees in walmart with much better manners. woodlawn branch rt1

October 30, 2006 at 11:37 am
(32) Alexandria Va says:

one more thing to add… add a long shelf over at the door where all the street people gather daily inside for the paying customers to bag there stuff..

October 30, 2006 at 4:22 pm
(33) Sarah says:

I just visited the Bottom Dollar in Manassas, VA. Why in the world put another store that caters to mexicans when there are two in the area, one being right up the road. It was a nightmare with a manager’s meeting going on and the SOB’s only caring about one thing how to get more money out of the customer. I sat and listened to them talk as I was looking for help. I’m talking about 40 people just standing there and staring at you like what do you want. I’m a young american female looking for help that doesn’t speak spanish so I couldn’t get help for your employee’s. Then the crap of while supplies last, please the sale started the day before and everything was sold out, no rain checks come back when the truck comes. I’m sorry I work like I have time to come by a store and wait for a truck. There were bugs all over the vegtables, and on top of that there was one price tag on the floor and a higher one at the checkout that unless you pay attention it wouldn’t be caught. The excuse was it was a sudden markdown, the computer is not updated or we don’t know how to fix it.

November 2, 2006 at 4:36 pm
(34) Disgruntled customer says:

The Sterling Park, VA store sucks. This place is filthy, bad produce, stinky meats, bad customer service. just awful! Whomever thought that replacing my beloved Food Lion with this crap is crazy. if you do not speak spanish, this is not the place for you. Bring back Food Lion. just because the area is not as economocally prosperous as Ashburn or Cascades does not mean that we deserve a dump to shop at. I will go to over priced Safeway located across the street than to ever step foot in Bottom Dollar/bottom of the Bucket ever again. I get the creeps just thinking about that store. it’s just nasty. We need to call Seven on your side to investigate. YUCK!

November 5, 2006 at 9:39 am
(35) C Prescott says:

I tried to buy something and was told I had to have a bottom dollar card. I won’t be back.

November 9, 2006 at 11:14 am
(36) Ken says:

I went back and visted the Bottom Dollar in Manassas and they seem to change their selection. Not only that, their prices are no better than if I went to a sale at Giant or Safeway. If you ask me, Bottom Dollar is a big gimmick. I like to call it Bottom of the Barrel.

November 13, 2006 at 2:10 pm
(37) Mary Y says:

I have gone to our Bottom Dollar in Fredericksburg, VA. I will never go back! I tried it and the first time I had to buy my bags I was fine with it, but if I am buying the bags shouldn’t they make some effort to bag my groceries. They have too many kids and not enough adults working; none of the old Food Lion workers are there that I have seen and some of them have worked there for a long time. They left because they knew how horrible it would be. I waited in line for 15 minutes while this kid instead of checking me out watched the fire trucks in the shopping center. At that time there was not one person at the registers. I was fuming I emptied my bag and told them they suck. The store itself has gone down hill. I would rather stand in line at Walmart, Target, or Giant than give these rude kids my business. Go back to being the friendly Food Lion or the result will be an empty store in our area! Nobody that I know is happy with it.

November 20, 2006 at 9:29 pm
(38) Trever says:

ok-look………to ken #29 the whole concept that you are talking about in your history lesson has nothing to do with what Delhaize has done here. This is the first time in history that any retailer has introduced not one but two new brands to its respective markets. Its simple if you want low prices you can go to Aldi,Bottom Dollar,Walmart,Shoppers – any low end operation, where customer service is sacrificed and store conditions as well. If you want quality services and your things bagged or personal scanners you drive to a BLOOM,,safeway,Giant,Harris Teeter or Wegmans–all this chit chat about “WE arent low end,,we deserve a BLOOM” Gimme a break,,,if you want a chick fila you drive to a chick fila,,wether there’s one in your neighborhood or not. Basically it sounds like your info was given to you by some of the “quality associates”(from the neighborhood) that work there….Look at the quality of your associates in your BD stores,,,that is the measure of the neighborhood you’re in —then go to a BLOOM and observe the help there,,,its not too hard to figure out,,and as far as becoming book stores (#29) Delhaize is in talks with AHOLD,,,you know the company that owns Giant foods northeast operations…If I were you I’d get ready for a BD and BLOOM saturation!! If we cant beat em’ we’ll BUY EM!! happy shopping

November 21, 2006 at 8:49 pm
(39) Ken says:

Trevor, my “history lesson” has everything to do with what has worked and what hasn’t. Although it was impressive of Delhaize to introduce two brands, I have to go by what has tried and failed in the past. I could be wrong and BD could make it. You also mentioned that Food Lion is in talks with Ahold. Are they actually talking about buying Giant/Stop & Shop? I don’t see it happening.

November 26, 2006 at 10:05 am
(40) george grieve says:

i went to your bottom dollar store in ashboro nc and found it to be cheap as far as prices go a little sparse on meat selections but otherwise fun to shop at. bring one down to santee sc wre i live. ps i like to shop at the upscale stores as well such as publics

November 27, 2006 at 9:13 pm
(41) Peggy says:

Bottom Dollar in Featherstone Square Woodbridge VA…had DVD players on sale for $20. I got there at 7:00 a.m. and asked about the players I picked up BEFORE I STARTED SHOPPING FOR MY OTHER FOOD ITEMS FOR THANKSGIVING. I wanted 4…not 40, just 4. When I got to the checkout, the ones I had rang up as $40.00. They didn’t have any the manager said. She had two. They look like “this”. But she didn’t have any to sell because she had put them aside for other customers. WHAT???? How can they do that? Produce leaves all over the place, empty spots on shelves, general disarray. That one store will never make it in this competitive area. We went to Bottom Dollar Cooper Road and Route 1, Alexandria, and it was totally the opposite. PLENTY of the DVD players artfully arranged on the large center counter, helpful staff and the store was clean. I’ll visit that one again.

December 3, 2006 at 7:13 pm
(42) Dave Siler says:

I have shopped Food Lion loyally for about 9 years now and have always found the pricing to be excellent when compared to Giant Food, nearby. The selection was always a bit sparser, but the price difference made it well worthwhile!

Purely and simply, Bottom Dollar has great prices, but at what cost????? I shopped last night at the BD store in the Fredericksburg, VA Shoopping Center. The meat department was worse than a street market in downtown Baghdad, after the insurgents had stricken. There was only one very large package of ground beef, and it looked very shoddy. The few other cuts of beef present came in a wild display of variegated shades of gray! Extremely poor quality and very little “selection.” The shelf was almost empty of beef, and there was none which was decent!

The rest of the store has taken on the appearance of a market in a third world country. There is darned little selection of any product, the display racks are either broken or extremely old. A lot or the product looks as if it were liberated haphazardly from a fire sale!

The produce section is dirty, and the quality is poor. The produce bags are of such poor quality that you can’t even get them to open because of the static electricity which causes them to stick together.

There is one WONDERFUL cashier in the store—an extremely nice lady named Delphine! She goes out of her way to make customers feel welcome, and is at all times extremely professional and pleasant. The OTHER cashiers are, without fail, rude, surly, and sometimes just downright nasty! They shove your purchases to the end of the counter, never make any effort whatever to assist in any way with the bagging a a single item, shout back and forth to one another like they are in a stockyard, and are just generally unpleasant.

If you folks hope to drive Mall Wart out of business, you are going to have to do a lot better than this!!!!!

December 4, 2006 at 5:46 pm
(43) l.m. blankenship says:

i have shoped at bottom dollar a few times and i love the lower prices i bring my bags i will contunue to shop at bottom dollar keep them comming
l.m.b.

January 6, 2007 at 1:39 pm
(44) Michelle says:

A comment to number 24: YOU will never be an American, even tough you are a citizen. You don’t speak or write English, you grammar is poor and you are not articulate. Before posting something of this nature, go back to school and learn some English, just because you don’t(so many mistakes you have made, it is rilarious to see it)like Hispanics, it doesn’t mean they are animals. Actually, you seem to be the wild-ranting mad cow diseased person!!! Pathetic behaviour.

January 12, 2007 at 12:51 am
(45) Michelle says:

Actually, I misspelled hilarious. Anyway, went to Bottom Dollar in Sterling and yes, you do have to pack your own grocery. Which is fine with me, since I am English, most food stores won’t pack your stuff anyway, it is in my opinion, a luxury to have someone do it for me. They don’t have a few selections, but how many brands of toilet paper does one need?? Price of chicken breasts was excellent and paid $9.28 for a 7%fat minced beef for a family pack. I have bought food for around 3 weeks and have spent $278.00. I went to buy my favorite cereal, and some English beans, spices and orange marmalade and spent $64.00 dollars!!! For the basic stuff Bottom Dollar has good prices, store isn’t pretty, but the staff was pleasant enough…

February 21, 2007 at 12:33 pm
(46) tom blanche says:

i liked food lion. i hate bottom shopping, a really bad shopping experience. bottom dollar store in laurel is a dump, non-existing service on any kind, uninterested staff, one checkout open, and bagging my own groceries ? pay for a bag ? you all must think we have no options ! i’ll never darken your doors again, your store stinks ! P.S. your “LOW” prices are not.

April 28, 2007 at 9:52 am
(47) Matt says:

Michelle (#44 and #45):

I thoroughly “enjoyed” reading both of your posts. Ironically, they were both laden with grammatical errors and misspellings. Perhaps, before you attack others, you should take a good look at your own writing abilities. It’s interesting how you can easily dismiss someone as not being American based on their grammar, yet you produce grammatical English garbage. Get a life, Michelle, because you’re a pathetic example of a hypocritical American.

Matt

May 4, 2007 at 1:21 pm
(48) Tammy says:

I Love it! Yes, I can agree bagging your own groceries is sometimes a hassle, however how lazy are we IF we can’t even bag our own groceries?? The store I regularly go to typically have boxes, so I don’t end up having to buy bags. I will say this: Since this store opened we have made about a 10 minute drive to go to it & have always gotten good deals. Lately it seems like the prices have started to go up and if that is the case-it wouldn’t be worth the drive. Right now, though, I’m still pretty satisfied!!!!

June 8, 2007 at 12:59 am
(49) Mandy says:

I kinda do agree with charging for the bag thingy! It is a bit lousy on their part. But, the part about packing your own groceries….WHY???

Let’s not forget Costco, a huge wholesale corporation, known in the nation, (heck even “Oprah” shops there and not that I care for her but I am implying even rich people go there) STILLLLLL, they do not provide bags and you either can use your own bags or the boxes they provide. And of course, let’s not forget to mention, they obviously do not pack the groceries for you either.

So, like Tammy said, it is not a big deal unless you must be pretty darn lazy to pack your own groceries. Hey, think of it as good exercise!!! :)

I believe that in a grocery store where they do not pack your groceries and you are a person who is handicapped or an elder unable to do so due to health factors etc., then I am sure if you asked for assistance, everyone including management would help out!!! Heck, I am sure even a good samaritan standing by will be more than happy to help!!!:)

June 11, 2007 at 9:40 am
(50) Lina says:

I think shopping at Bottom Dollar is a great way to save money. I used to occasionally shop at Food Lion and I tried it when it was convertered to Bloom and Bottom Dollar has the lowest prices without a doubt. The savings are even greater if you compare them to Giant or Safeway and I don’t see any problems with the quality of the produce at Bottom Dollar. If paying .5 a bag is an issue bring your own bags or use the free boxes they provide there are tons of boxes at the store I shop at here im MD. I am really loving this store.

June 12, 2007 at 3:23 pm
(51) Ken says:

I heard somewhere that the Bottom Dollar in Chantilly has closed. Is it true? Can anyone confirm that?

June 12, 2007 at 6:43 pm
(52) David says:

I was told 06-12-07 @ about 11:30ish @ the Bottom Dollar in Hickory N.C. to get out of the express line. I had to wait in line at another check out and the express lane was “Empty”. I only had 12 items. I won’t go back. I would rather pay a little more and be respected and appreciated.

June 29, 2007 at 2:44 pm
(53) Justus says:

Seems that more people are offended that their FL (aka Hood Lion) was turned into a BD. If you are so rich, just DRIVE to the store that you want.

BD is gross and I would rather shop at Aldi anyday. I never shopped FL before though because of their trashy stores, the dateline story about bleaching spolied meat and the fact that customer service is worse than WalMart and the prices are higher. What do you all expect?

The last thing that annoys me is all the negative comments towards Latinos and Asians. Obviously, Delhaize knows what parts of the popultaion are expanding and what aren’t. English is just another language that is on this continent of many, many languages. There is no law in the US that says any language is official so quit complaining and take a Spanish class.

June 30, 2007 at 5:04 pm
(54) Estelle says:

The Food Lion where I have shopped for many, many years is converting to Bottom Dollar. I already notice close outs on several of the products I regularly buy. I came to this Web site to get a beter idea of what the concept of BD is and it sounds dreadful. Now I am looking for a new place to shop.

July 7, 2007 at 4:18 pm
(55) DJ says:

Bottom Dollar decided to become competiton for Aldi, a European store chain. (We shopped there when we were stationed in Germany.)

Since BD is closer to my house, I shop there for quick items. No denying they are cheaper than the Shoppers nearby. But for my main shopping I go to the new Aldi in Woodbridge near Lowe’s. They have years of experience and brands behind them. BD is just a cheap imitation of Aldi.

August 15, 2007 at 12:52 pm
(56) April says:

I live in Jacksonville, FL and have been to the Sterling, VA Bottom Dollar many times while visiting my Mother who lives there. I think it’s a GREAT concept and can’t wait for one to come to Jacksonville! My mother shops and saves there every week. Once I drove up, rather than flying, and I made certain to go there before driving home and fill my trunk with those wonderful buys. That’s fine if you’ld rather spend more $$ and think you’re getting a better product…My money will be well spent/saved at BD as soon as they bring one to Florida. If you don’t like it..don’t shop there…but there’s plenty of us who do. GO FOODLION!

August 15, 2007 at 2:43 pm
(57) Peggie says:

I am April’s Mother and we are both very aware of how to keep our costs down and prepare good meals at the same time. I love BD. The staff always are nice. The Sterking store is very clean. I save about 40 % on the same food I would buy somewhere else. My favarite cashier is Bob. He is a lovely man and still give a dollar to the children her knows that shop with their arents.

August 23, 2007 at 10:10 pm
(58) Anne Thruston says:

They try and sell expired food???????

August 29, 2007 at 3:53 pm
(59) Shopping.for.16.years.now says:

I just received an ad for the grand opening of a ‘Bottom Dollar’ store. The location is near a very low income area in Virginia Beach. I do most of my shopping at Kroger and have purchased my own sturdy fabric shopping bags for 99 cents each at Kroger (and they stay in my car) so I don’t really have an issue with paying for the bags as much. At Kroger I get 5 cents off my bill for each bag I use when I purchase groceries there. I was tired of collecting so many plastic bags and have them slide all over the car while spilling their contents anyhow! Besides, their not good for our environment and I’m thinking in the near future they won’t even be used in stores.

I will have to check out this new Bottom Dollar store just to see if it’s as bad as most say here. I’m not fond of Food Lion though. It’s always been a dirty store here.

September 4, 2007 at 11:18 am
(60) Maria says:

They have just converted the Food Lion in Norfolk over to a Bottom Dollar and I have given the store at least THREE tries and every time I walk out and say I will not shop there again!!

September 5, 2007 at 7:51 am
(61) KL says:

It’s just another ghetto trash store. The asshats at Food Lion have remade my closest Food Lion over into one of these trashy, horrible, gaudy stores. I really wish it would go away. I don’t know WHAT the hell they were thinking – I live in a NICE neighbourhood, with half million dollar waterfront condos.
And now we have a ghetto trash-magnet superstore a block away. I won’t be shopping there, and neither will anyone else I know. Food Lion has screwed up.

September 6, 2007 at 2:07 pm
(62) Brett says:

attracts crackheads to (what were formerly) nice neighborhoods. thanks a whole heckuva lot, Bottom Dollar.

September 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm
(63) adfam says:

Unbeleivable,why would you charge for grocery bags.The cashier does not even bag the items.This is a sad way for a huge corporation to save a few bucks with 5 cents a bag,not to mention not having to hire baggers.This is rediculous and i hope you company falls flat on your faces for it.Your greedy and you should not be allowed to start a business in america ever again.

September 7, 2007 at 5:52 pm
(64) angel says:

i am excited they are coming to the virginia beach, va area. back in ohio we had stores like this but under another name. they are great for poeple on a budget. the world needs to get off the name brand thing and the fact that they are only whining because they are lazy from years of bagboys doing everythign for them. suck it up save some money and make the world a better place.

September 9, 2007 at 7:06 pm
(65) KL says:

angel:
If by “on a budget” you mean “on welfare” and ghetto trash, sure.
We’re not whining because of having to bag a few groceries. I almost always help bag(if there is no bagger) and I carry my groceries in a handle basket rather than using a cart. LAZY IS NOT THE ISSUE. The issue is the fact that these stores belong in the ghetto – NOT IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS.

September 10, 2007 at 5:36 pm
(66) J says:

Much more inexpensive, yes, however your store serves both middle and upper income folks -both groups that choose healthier and higher quality labels – and the Bottom Dollar now sells fewer of the healthier brands and now offers saltier, fattier, sugarier brands in their place. Consumers are much more educated then to choose this junk. Why are the cooperate officers of this business taking a step backward? My family, as a result has had to shift our food purchases to other stores that offer better.

September 18, 2007 at 11:25 pm
(67) KLR says:

I’m planning to visit(for the first time)this “new” store in va beach over the weekend, I have read all the comments and will take all the “warnings” into consideration. The store sounds like a scaled down version of BJ’S and SAMS CLUB as far as low prices and bagging/boxing your items.

October 2, 2007 at 5:47 pm
(68) Renatta says:

I will NOT be going back to this place and want my FOOD LION back. I couldn’t believe when the clerk was finished ringing up my items she asked me, “Would you like to buy a bag?” BUY A FREAKIN’ BAG???!!!! OK Whatever, it’s inly 5 cents, right. So then, I buy my dag-gone bag only for her to place it ON TOP of the items I had purchased for me to bag it myself. i think that is ridiculous, and WILL NOT GO BACK

October 3, 2007 at 4:06 am
(69) laudia says:

I think some of you need to stop complaining. There is nothing wrong with the Store at all. If you dont like it go somewhere elses

October 3, 2007 at 4:10 am
(70) Claudia says:

Sounds to me most of the comments on here come from some rich lazy azz People. Figures

November 19, 2007 at 1:50 pm
(71) J. Shaw says:

Bagging my own groceries is NOT fun.
Having bagged groceries shove at me to put back in the cart is NOT fun. I have shopped ONLY at MY Food Lion for many years (no other store, no other Food Lion). The changes I am enduring are NO FUN!!!!!!!

December 16, 2007 at 11:41 am
(72) "Bob" Dobbs says:

Joy Temblor, I think you’re the one that needs to go back home ASAP.

December 30, 2007 at 6:52 pm
(73) Anon says:

I went to the Bottom Dollar in Portsmouth, Va.

I wanted to see what the hype was because my co workers, and mom love the place. Maybe it’s nice in their area…

I thought Bottom Dollar meant dirt cheap not the same as every other place you go. I thought I was getting a deal, as soon as I walked in I realized I wasn’t. Most of the stuff cost about the same price as Food Lion or Walmart, and why go to Bottom Dollar when you can go to those places instead and get EVERYTHING you need and then some, for the same price or cheaper?!

I did save on spices, and canned meat which is all I bought. I ended up putting most of my things back and going to Food Lion and getting a better deal for bottom dollar prices.

I would NOT go back! What a waste of time. Customer service was ok. Bunch of kids in there. The food looked ok, I didn’t see any gnats flying around. Also there wasn’t a lot of fruit and veggies when I went there. Needs to stock up big time! The store looked clean.

I wasn’t impressed with anything to make me want to go back.

April 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm
(74) shannon says:

The idea was neat at first but I still find the bulk of items much cheaper at Walmart. Maybe you need a scout shopper so that your prices are lower that your competition. Some foods I have learned to like you stopped stocking.

April 20, 2008 at 12:01 am
(75) george says:

You can purchase shopping bags (blah) and bag them yourselves (blah blah) you also try to provide customers with free boxes which are scarce.

May 21, 2008 at 9:33 am
(76) fire the mayor says:

I love my Green Run, Va Bch store!

The manager, Mike, is extremely helpful.

The produce is better than at any store in my area and costs less.

The store is clean.

There are all types of ppl in and out including you closet richers [yeah, we've seen you!]. I don’t mind the bagging etc.

Abt a month ago I bought a ton of Food Lion veggies — .25 cent a can!!!!! BEAT THAT!!!!!

I love “NO FRILLS!” Just sell me the groceries and I’ll be on my way. No Starbucks, sushi, personal chef, valet freakin parking, etc. [Yeah, I've seen it at Farm Fresh in a run down shopping center, talk about aires! Gimme a break!]

My Food Lion changed into a Gothling food store. It’s dark, damp, dirty, muted, creepy, decaying and crawling with nefarious, shadowy figures [i.e.: illegals. Yes, Mexicans. Insulted?- Go back to Mexico, come back legally and learn OUR language- the one WE speak in AMERICA- the country, not the continent. Jeez!]. The prices are insulting. The meat is GROSS! I really can’t stand it anymore.

It’s Bottom Dollar, Farm Fresh or BJ’s!

[and don't even get me started on the torture that is shopping at Walmart!]

August 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(77) kathryn says:

the reason they charge for bags is because of the WASTE of using one plastic bag for a few items, instead of griping about paying 5 cents a bag, go out and buy an eco-friendly reusable bag! i bet you also don’t gripe about packing your own groceries at a place like costco or sams club. stop being lazy!

August 29, 2008 at 7:32 am
(78) charlene robertson says:

I shop at Bottom Dollar in Dumfries Va. very regular. The employees are really great.I hate the fact that I have load my groceries unload onto the checkout then load them again into the card then take them over the the large table then bag them , load them again back into the cart , then load them again into my vehicle then go home and unload them again and then put them up, its insane!!! I really cant afford most other places to shop , the bargains are good but there isn’t many options on food , the fresh veggies aren’t real fresh most of the time and the meats that are on sale are NEVER there early in the mornings when I like to shop.I usually have to go to Shoppers to get the things that Bottom Dollar doesn’t have and I think that is ridiculous.

September 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(79) SARAH says:

WHAT CAN I SAY. BOTTOM DOLLAR IS DISGUSTING! IT’S AMAZING, BEING THAT I AM FROM NEWPORT NEWS, VA AND TO HEAR ALL THESE OTHER EX-CUSTOMERS SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT THE BUGS! KNATS, FLYS. YUCK! IF THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE ACTUALLY BUYING AND EATING PRODUCTS FROM BOTTOM DOLLAR, I SURE AM I GLAD I DONT LIVE WITH YOU! DIRTY! I STOPPED IN MY LOCAL BOTTOM DOLLAR JUST YESTERDAY AND WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!. THE CASHIERS ALL SEEM TO BE “SLOW” OR FOREIGN SO GOD FORBID YOU HAVE TO ASK A QUESTION! IT WONT BE ANSWERED. I LIVE IN A VERY NICE AREA OF MY TOWN, AND TO HAVE TO SHOP WITH BUMS AND CRACKHEADS, LARGE WOMAN WEARING NEXT TO NOTHING COMING FROM THE GHETTO APARTMENTS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TRULY DISTURBS ME.I DONT KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM, BEING THAT WHEN I WAS A “FOOD LION” SHOPPER, I NEVER HAD THOSE ISSUES BEFORE. I HAVE BEEN A LOYAL FOOD LION CUSTOMER FOR MANY YEARS DUE TO THE FACT THEY HAD GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND GOOD DEALS. WELL, SO MUCH FOR THAT! I WILL NOW BE SHOPPING AT FARM FRESH OR HARRIS TEETERS REGARDLESS IF I HAVE TO PAY 5 DOLLARS MORE FOR A PACK OF TOILET PAPER! GET IT TOGETHER BOTTOM DOLLAR EMPLOYEE’S. CLEAN IT UP AND GET IT OUT!

September 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm
(80) SARAH says:

AND TO THE COMMENTS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMPLAING ARE THE “RICH” AND “LAZY” PEOPLE….NOT SO MUCH, I AM BLUE COLLAR ALL DAY LONG, BUT I KNOW WHEN TO SPEAK UP ABOUT HEALTH ISSUES! WE CANT HELP THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE IN DIRT!

September 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm
(81) Jane says:

I am frankly surprised by the number of spoiled people in this country. Imagine! A store where you pay for bags and then have to bag your items yourself! My god! The humanity! Next thing you know, they’ll be expecting us to load it in our cars and take it home and cook it…all by ourselves! Whatever shall we do? Seriously, people, grow up or, alternatively, shut up and go to Whole Foods and pay 10 times more for your groceries.

September 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm
(82) robbie snider says:

Sounds to me like there is a bunch of lazy people that r too sry to bag ther own groceries to save a buck. I bet that attitude changes fast with the direction our economy is headed.

November 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm
(83) Vikki says:

We had 2 Food Lion stores within 10 miles of each other. They turned the one that was closest to the poorer neighborhoods into a Bottom Dollar. I cannot believe what I am hearing from the majority of the people making comments. I understand that if you have a disability that you might need that little extra service that Food Lion offered before turning into Bottom Dollar, all you need to do is ask and I am sure they would be more than happy to help. In reference to everyone else GROW UP. The economy sucks and Food Lion is trying to help out by turning some of their stores into places that can offer greatly reduced prices. What, you can’t bag your own groceries? Give me a break! The Bottom Dollar store close to us also offers free boxes, when available after they stock the shelves. If I am only getting 1 or 2 things, I don’t get a bag or a box. I carry it out in my hand. It’s that thing at the bottom of your arm, and it has the things called fingers there too. I have had no problems with their meats. I do look over the fresh veggies carefully. I did notice the gnats once or twice, but it was during the summer months and I made sure what I had was fresh. If you don’t know how to pick out fresh veggies, then you must have grown up buying your groceries from a super market and not a small Mom & Pop’s type market. They would help you figure it out. My suggestion is that you go to your local farmer’s market and ask the actual farmers what they look for in their products. Unless you’re afraid that you will get farmer cooties on your Prada shoes!
If you are too good to eat fresh food that has had ‘bugs’ around it, then you should stick to completely processed foods. If you go to a farmers market, you will see ‘bugs’. Besides, what do you think was crawling over your potatoes, tomatoes, etc. while they were growing?? Plastic bugs? Preppy bugs?? You know there is a very GOOD reason why you are told to wash your fruits and veggies before you eat them. If you don’t wash them when you get them home, no matter which store you get them from, then you are crazy.

Yes, the Bottom Dollar I go to has a diversity of cultures. If you don’t like it, then all you need to do is go down the road and pay the prices at other stores. I love the fact that I can see everyone from different cultures and backgrounds in a store. If there is someone that is trying to talk to me and English is not their first language, I do not look at them in disgust. I ask them to simply repeat it slower so that I can understand and help, not be a hater, which is what I have witnessed the most of in these comments. America was billed to other nations a place for immigrants to matter their origin. Someone stated earlier – if you don’t like it here go home or learn our language. I guess as far as you’re concerned, it’s a good thing for you that the Native Americans never got their wish, of people leaving their country. We are all the illegal aliens, except for the Native Americans. So think about that the next time you start running your mouth or typing it out. American has turned into a country of ‘whiny babies’ and ‘everybody haters’. I am proud to be an American, but it’s makes me sick when people forget how this country was formed. Quit trying to show your A$$ for others, they aren’t the ones that will be there when you are sick and dying. Thank you – Happy Holidays to Everyone!

January 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(84) raziel says:

what chu got against spanish-speaking and asian cultures Laverne Michaels? huh?!

January 22, 2009 at 4:39 am
(85) Vickie Moore says:

We have had a Bottom Dollar in Asheboro, NC for about 3 years now and still have a Food Lion too. I shop at the Bottom Dollar because why should I pay $1.79 for a loaf of Food Lion bread when I can get the exact same loaf of bread for a $1.49 at Bottom Dollar? In these hard money times, I am grateful for the Bottom Dollar. I don’t bagging my own groceries to save money. What do you do with your bags from other stores, throw them away? This way you get to reuse them and save money to boot! We have an Aldi’s Food Store directly across the road from our Bottom Dollar and use to shop there until the Bottom Dollar opened. I don’t see what the big deal is about bagging your own groceries, and the quality of the food is superb!

April 1, 2009 at 5:19 am
(86) Dianne says:

I have shopped at our local Food Lion for over 15 years. Seen many good and bad things there. We have been frequenting Bottom Dollar for only the past year or so. Yes, it is different from FL (Food Lion). We appreciate that they don’t hand out a ton of those awful plastic, land fill fodder bags, some times using a bag for only 1,2,or 3 items. Those bags are killing our environment. We as a planet use TONs of those stuppid things every year. I say Yeah!, and good riddens to them. I can’t wait until they are banned! The less the better. Use a cloth bag, they hold a LOT more. I made a one time purchase of $6 for 6 bags back when they where a dollar each and fairly new and have used them religiously every since. They hold WAY more than those flimsy plastic bags. And they don’t wear out. They are very sturdy. I now don’t have to use about 5 or 6 plastic store bags instead I will use just one cloth bag. So, it cuts out having to fill the landfill with MORE plastic bags. I try to use them everywhere I go! Now they are only 50 cents, go ahead and purchase what you need and quit taking home those useless plastic bags that only end up in our land fills, keep them in your trunk and USE THEM. It will take a few times to remember to take them in the store but eventually it will come to that you end up using them every time. The cloth bags are better for our planet! As far as bagging my own groceries I have to say I have done that even at Foodlion for lack of having an employee available to do it for me. Or I would have to stand there and wait for a bagger to show up and do it. They would only have one bagger for several checkouts. I guess our FoodLion doesn’t want to have too pay for too many employees. And what they do pay is crap wages, But that’s another subject. The cashier usually every time has to bag the groceries for us, so we pitch in and help them just so we can get out of their faster. So, I am use to bagging my own groceries. I shouldn’t have to but I do a LOT of things in this life that I shouldn’t have to. I use to do the same thing at a local bulk store called Rack N Sak. I didn’t mind it because the prices were way lower. All they provided were boxes for you to carry out your groceries. I miss that store emencly because it was very cheap. That is how FL (FoodLion) is keeping prices lower in B.$(Bottom Dollar) and yes the prices are lower. Especially the MEAT prices. We have purchased quite a bit of their meat and have never been sick and have been satisfied with our purchases every time. And our B.$ is always clean. Mostly probably because it was just recently remodeled. I also like it because it is relatively unknown in this area and hardly anybody is in there. I worry it might not stay open but I will keep going as long as they keep it open. I do have a problem with their variety of choice of items. They don’t have much of a selection. That is very frustrating. We sometimes end up going to FL on the way home anyway because B.$ doesn’t have what we are looking for. But I do the majority of my shopping at B.$ and just swing by the FL to just get the things that B.$ didn’t have and I have to stand in long lines at our FL anyway. If it is a NEW item forget about finding it at B.$ you will have to go to FL. That is a draw back. They don’t get in New items very quickly. We do the price comparison shopping. They match any other stores advertised item. A lot of times they beat themselves (Foodlion). The item ON SALE at FL is more expensive than the REGULAR Bottom Dollar price. Why, I don’t understand, but I take advantage of that. It takes a little extra time at the check out and some people in line get huffy and don’t like to wait for the cashier to confirm the Sale Ad and make the adjustment so that we are paying the advertised SALE price, but in this shitty economy I don’t care, oh well. I am saving money and they will just have to wait. I have to wait in line behind people who are using food stamps, so oh well, It sucks that I have to shop like this but I do what I have to do and I am glad B$ has this option, so I don’t have to drive to a bunch of different stores just to get the sale item price. If B.$ has the item that is advertised on sale at other stores and you bring in that stores Ad they will match it. Pretty damn good, I think. B.$ is cheaper because they don’t offer any perks, so if you want to save money and not expect any customer service then you will just have to make the adjustment. The customer service at FL is just as crappy so why not save money. You are just not paying for the crappy service you get at either place and pretty much everywhere else. These employes are not paid enough money to do a good job and to care about customer service. So no matter where you go you don’t or do, depending on your point of view, get what you pay for. I like saving money and I know Bottom dollar beats even it’s own company Foodlion. I don’t shop anywhere else so I can’t say for other stores. I’m sure they have good and Bad things about them also.

Thanks for reading.
That’s my take on Bottom Dollar.

January 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm
(87) Anonymous says:

Itís better than Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is way too overcrowded for my liking and not really cheap like others have said. I donít need to be catered. I donít need to pay extra prices just so some slow lazy or old or rich people get their service. I donít even bother with bags. They arenít needed. When I get home, I put the groceries in a box. Thereís a cop at my Bottom Dollar probably. I think these Bottom Dollars are built around poorer areas. Complaining about this? Wait for the recession/depression you suckers. Iím a college student trying to save money as food on campus is a rip-off.

March 25, 2010 at 2:47 am
(88) Linda says:

I did shop at Food Lion in my area and when they
changed the store over to Bottom Dollar I got my first
shock,what no fresh bakery,no meat department boy
was I ever dissapointed. But to my surprise I found
myself going back and I fineally got use to it and I enjoy
going back because I get alot of good buys and the isles
aren’t blocked with objects and there is plenty of room
that you aren’t running you cart into another shoppers
cart. And thats what I like about it cause most of the other grocery stores I some times wonder if most of the
shoppers came from England because their always
coming up on the wrong side of the isle. The shelves should be on their right like the shelves should be on my
right and we should be passing each other on our left side. And another thing I like about Bottom Dollar I have
found alot of items in the store that I haven’t or wouldn’t
find any where else. Cause I like to try different kinds of
food. And I never have a problem finding things.
So don’t worry Bottom Dollar I’ll still return to shop even
though I do go other places for certain things which is in
a 3 mile radius of my home.

June 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm
(89) Sterling Gentleman says:

Sterling Bottom Dollar is awful. Day laborers and illegals hanging around out front.. The store is in constant disarray with items often out of stock, and perishables almost always at the expiration date if not over. The employees hate their job and don’t mind telling you. I stop in once in awhile to pick up cheap smokes which they frequently don’t have.. there is a new manager EVERYTIME I have to tell them they are out of something. Ohh and they always have the same “canned” excuse: The warehouse blah blah.. I will order if for you.. (a complete LIE – don’t hold your breath). The Belgians who own Food Lion are just squeezing every last penny before they go belly up.. which by the look of their Financials and stock price won’t be too long.

October 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(90) Andrew says:

Recently, my wife and I came across a Bottom Dollar Food sign at this strip mall near where we live in PA (25 miles outside Philadelphia). The signage was where a Office Depot used to be but had been gone for a couple of years. When I got home and did some digging around on the internet, I found out that Bottom Dollar Food is expanding into the Philadelphia area, with about 20 new stores planning to open towards the end of 2010. The only thing I’m familiar with concerning Bottom Dollar is they are owned by Food Lion. I went in one in Asheville NC a couple of times. From what I’ve been reading here, it would seem Bottom Dollar is similar (somewhat) to an ALdi’s, in which you have to bring your own bags/boxes and pack your own food to go home. Nothing new for me, as there is an Aldi’s about a couple of blocks from where this Dollar Bottom Food store is located. And BTW, the location is not in a ghetto or low-income area.

January 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm
(91) Joe says:

I worked for Food Lion for years. Cathy, the president, was rumored to be ‘involved’ Ty Burns before they both were divorced. I don’t know if it was true but goodness, I think lots of folks know more that is know-or at least saying.

February 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(92) justin says:

I believe the problem comes from turning an exsisting fool lion to a bottom dollar. the ones that they just build are amazing. VERY clean and a decent selection but the prices are unbeatable. maybe its just our store but they have their own walk in fridge room for fruits and veg… some of the freshest I have seen! we go every two weeks and we will keep going. Keep it up!

March 6, 2011 at 12:27 am
(93) meticulousconsumer says:

If you shopped at the Bottom Dollar in Feasterville,PA and bought more than 2 UTZ potato chips at sale price of 99 cents, make sure you weren’t overcharged 1.60 each for bags 3 and up.

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October 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm
(96) Bob in New Jersey says:

We have had a Bottom Dollar for about 8 months now. At first I had my doubts but they are getting more and more brand items. The store brand is also fine withme for pasta, milk etc. There sale on 2 litre Diet Coke are uaually $ .88. Most other stores never get below a dollar. As for the bags. Take your own and bag yourself in the bagging area. If you are hung up on bagging I pitty you.

December 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm
(97) justathought says:

I have never been to a bottom dollar but wanted to hear what people were saying about it and just have to say that i am appalled by the utter racism that is being expressed here.

January 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm
(98) Felicia says:

I completely agree @ justathought. There is so much I could say, but I’ll leave it at that.

February 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(99) Barb says:

They just opened a Bottom Dollar here in PA. We went the second day and they had a few things on sale,they dont have a big selection.Im sure after the newness wears off,everyone will go back to Aldi. None of the prices are better than Aldi and I dont see the huge fuss.This weeks ad,no deals on anything we use.I didnt like the small meat section as well as no deli or bakery like Aldi,but we like fresh deli meat and occasionally like bakery bread.It seems we have to shop between 3 stores to get what we need.

April 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(100) Joann says:

This store sucks, in more ways than one. the produce is crappy, I bought boneless chicken too it was mushy after I thawed and cooked it the bathrooms filthy there was a turd on the floor in the ladies room, and once I saw the cart collector blowing pot smoke from behind the building, they hire lower intelligence type people. Another time I complained to some blonde manager Erin, about the filth and she seemed to not even care, didnt even make eye contact, she also had a nervous tic about her, she rubbed her chest and neck and walked away from me while I was complaining, FN weirdos maybe they are all on pot at the catasaqua RD bethlehen/allentown PA store. ID NEVER SHPO HERE AGAIN unless Im looking to buy reefer, what a joke. Pick up the poop people.

September 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(101) Mark says:

Barb is pretty much right – Aldi has better prices on most things. Bottom Dollar does have some brand names that Aldi doesn’t have and some good sale prices though, so I buy a limited number of items at Bottom Dollar & then most of my shopping is at Aldi. I have to disagree with those who have complained about the produce – I’ve gotten apples, bananas, and grapes at Bottom Dollar and they’ve all been fine.

December 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm
(102) diane says:

I have worked at bottom dollar for over a yr now no raises no evaluation no nothing don’t ever work for this place I love my job but nothing in return

March 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm
(103) marsha says:

I love Bottom Dollar, I have read some of the posts, you pay 5 cents for bags. Your can bring your own bags and save the universe too… The people at the bottom dollars are great always helpful.. I love the Bottom Dollar..:) Maybe Bottom Dollar should charge you $15.00 at the door and then some one will bag your groceries for you, since its so hard for you to do.. LAZY much… GREAT JOB Bottom Dollar.. Keep up the great work…

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March 31, 2014 at 10:44 am
(105) Chuck says:

The new directions should be perishables are fresh. It is shocking have often I see mold and other indications of non-fresh produce. It is not just food lion but other groceries owned by the same company including Bloom. Clearly. the lack of integrity and concern for the customers stems from the top.

April 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm
(106) Frank says:

I will never return to Bottom Dollar in Aliquippa PA. I went in the store to purchase a gallon of milk at 8:40 PM on 4/8/14. (The store closes at 10:00 PM). Two employees were loafing at the checkout counter. I asked if I could pay for my milk and they never moved a muscle. I returned the milk and left the store. Bottom Dollar (or Food Loin) should have employee training in servicing their customers. Bottom Dollar has lost a potential customer for life. I will tell my friends about by very poor experience at Bottom Dollar.

The other supermarkets know how to treat their customers – and their customers return. I will avoid Bottom Dollar at all costs.

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