I am a senior citizens, recently moved from Orange County to Long Beach to reside with my son, a home owner. This created much apprehension, as my residence had been in Orange County for 45 years, to think of finding new and friendly stores was a big uncertainty to me yet the moment that I entered Albertsons Store #6132 on Willow, it was an electrifying experience. I entered the side where the electric chairs are charged as my hip need some TLC and cannot walk around the store but all my apprehensions disappeared as I first looked ahead and found my self in the fruit and vegetable section it was like, In my mind “walking down the Yellow Brick Road” fruits organized neatly in a row some I did not even recognize. the young grocer stocking the section was extremely helpful and friendly to me he even got permission to slice up an apricot for me to taste. The appearance of the entire store, the organization of it all, the cleanness of it all, also the personal attention that was so respectfully shown to me made me feel as if I was shopping in Hollywood as a debutante, made this old lady feel good.
Long Beach Blvd/Willow - Not a bad store compared to others in LB. A little ghetto with panhandlers greeting you at your car and by the front/exit doors. The prices are high, the store layout is confusing so I prefer Ralphs. The mexican markets don't cut it for this White/Asian family. They are very dirty and smell terrible. Now it's a drive to Bixby Knolls to do our shopping or Costco. There's really no selection of grocery stores in LB anymore. I guess the major chains don't want to do business in he ghetto anymore, although it isn't that bad here. Coming from down South Orange County, it is a huge shock, but people need food and selection. Not everyone here is Hispanic. There's a diversity of ethnic backgrounds in LB (a good thing).
I love love LOVE TJ's, and this one is no exception. They must be a great employer, because their staff is unfailingly courteous and helpful. Their products are top-notch, including bread items and cheeses. Yummy cheese.... My one caution would be to FREEZE any fresh bread product (including tortillas) that you buy. Since they use no preservatives, they get moldy in a heartbeat