|The Express Checkout at the Hackensack ShopRite looked inviting this afternoon, but it was closed.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
At the ShopRite in Hackensack on Monday, I picked up a few bottles of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider and Adirondack Seltzer that were on sale.
Today, I decided to go back for more, but couldn't find any Martinelli's and bought 10 bottles of ShopRite Seltzer instead at 5 for $2.
I stopped in the produce department, but couldn't find the 5-pound box of sweet potatoes that were on sale before Christmas for $2.49.
No clementines in sight, either.
Farmed shrimp only
And in the seafood department, I saw only farmed shrimp, and a sign advising customers about a "worldwide shortage of shrimp."
One of the farmed shrimp was labeled "jumbo," but the crustaceans didn't look that big to me and the price, about $14.50 a pound, was what I had paid for jumbo wild-caught shrimp at H Mart in Englewood last Sunday.
By the way, I could smell the seafood from ShopRite's produce department, and that seemed unusual.
When it was time to pay for the seltzer, I found the express lane for "about 20 items or less" was closed, this at 1:45 in the afternoon.
Long line at Costco
On the way home, I stopped at Costco Wholesale to pick up organic salad, tomatoes and a few other items we are out of and to return a watch I bought online, because the wristband is much too large for my son.
I parked at the back of the lot, but when I got inside, an employee directed me to the return line, which had about 20 other customers on it.
I left my cart there, turned around and went home.