Cub Foods is getting worse, not better. And even though Cub Foods told us that if we had complaints and concerns to reach out to them, it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.
In fact, the quality of Cub Foods in Inver Grove Heights could be at an all-time low. And that’s why our prediction is that in three years, Cub Foods will no longer be in Inver Grove Heights. Maybe it will take a little more time, but until we start forcing changes, nothing will change. The battle for the supermarket dollar is changing, and people are no longer accepting poor quality, or relying on their hometown grocery store as the go-to place to buy groceries. Cub Foods is failing Inver Grove Heights and failing in a major way.
Want proof Cub Foods doesn’t care about us in Inver Grove Heights? Head to Woodbury and noticed the more diverse options in the deli and seafood section. Notice the fresh salad bar and increased hot menu items. Same goes for the Eagan and West Saint Paul store – better options and selection. But don’t take our word for it, take the word of IGH residents who are also continually disappointed. Check out this recent discussion from the Inver Grove Heights Neighborhood chat group on Facebook:
A recent MinnPost article titled Why the grocery business is now retail’s hottest niche says “Cub Foods is hardly sitting still, completing 13 store remodels and acquiring 10 Rainbows in 2014. Cub is also planning a new store in White Bear Lake.” That focus, it appears, is on every store but the IGH store. A KARE 11 story titled Twin Cities Grocery Wars discussed the “fundamental shifts in what we buy, how we buy and where we buy our food.” That same report also said “KARE 11 reached out to Supervalu owned Cub Foods, which operates 68 stores in the Twin Cities. A company spokesperson said they couldn’t discuss their business strategies.”
That’s because Cub Foods knows it’s in trouble. Inver Grove Heights residents will continue to go to Cub Foods for its convenience. But they won’t – and shouldn’t – take the poor quality much longer. With Aldi, Target and Wal-Mart, the options within Inver Grove Heights are limited and that’s why Cub remains busy – and why Cub Foods doesn’t care about us – because people keep shopping there.
But what is already happening is more people are heading outside of Inver Grove Heights to do their grocery shopping. They’ll head to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or Hy-Vee, Lund’s and Byerly’s or Kowalski’s. Some will order from CobornsDelivers.com. They’ll head to the Cub Foods on Robert Street in West Saint Paul or to the many diverse areas of Woodbury and Eagan. They’ll go to Knowlan’s in South Saint Paul, or the supersized Wal-Mart grocery store in Hastings. Surrounding communities are chock full of quality grocery store options. And while we never want to see a business close, especially for the many employees who work there, the Inver Grove Heights Cub Foods needs to undergo some serious changes in order to stay competitive – or open, in our opinion.
Maybe contacting Cub Foods AGAIN will help. Maybe they will take our tweets seriously:
@EatIgh, not all stores are designed exactly the same. I’ll pass on a request to see these services in your local store. ~SP
— Cub Foods (@cubfoods) December 3, 2015
Or maybe we can start boycotting Cub Foods in Inver Grove Heights, and show them we are serious about wanting a better quality grocery store. Cub Foods is failing us and if we keep shopping there, nothing will change. Voice your concerns to Cub corporate here: CubFoodsHelpers@supervalu.com. Until then, see you at any other grocery store besides Cub Foods in Inver Grove Heights.