“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

WWJD: He'd buy the cheap poinsettias
Thursday, December 11, 2008

Readers of my novel, "Southern Living" will know very well that I am addicted to supermarkets. Love 'em. And supermarket chains, especially my local favorite, Publix, usually vary their store offerings from neighborhood to neighborhood. It all depends on the demographics. The Publix near my house, for example, serves a Caribbean clientele, so they usually have severed goat head in the meat case. Another Publix, farther from my house and closer to a community of expensive waterfront homes, has a more varied selection of fresh herbs and more prime cuts of beef. And I choose a different Publix for my cocktail limes because they serve a Latin clientele, and the prices for limes at the lower-demo store are significantly lower than those at the high-end Publix.
The other day, walking into a lower-demo Publix, I saw a stand of lush, medium-large poinsettia plants ... each for just $7!! These would have easily cost twice as much in a higher-demo store. Obviously, it's a supply-and-demand thing. But I did feel a little guilty, making such a frivolous purchase in a store where I've previously "loaned" shoppers a few dollars to help them pay their tabs.


Blogger Brittanie said...

We do not have a Publix where I live. We have Kroger, Brookshires, and a small store or two. From your descriptions and author Rachel Hauck's blog it makes me wish we had one here in Mississippi. She lives in Florida too. I look forward to reading your books. They sound interesting and maybe a little humor too. :)

December 12, 2008 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, Brittanie: Yeah, I like publix better than Kroger, which is where I shopped while living in Georgia. (Kroger's also the supermarket I use in my novel, "Southern Living.") I don't know of Brookshires. Is it a local/regional chain?

December 14, 2008 at 4:14 AM  

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