I grew up in Roseville in the 1950's and 60's...In those days we had a couple of variety stores in town, also known as "five and dime" stores, with a large variety of items at significant discounts...Unlike dollar stores, they had things of different price ranges at discount rates...I haven't seen a true variety store in many years. By the mid 70's, they had faded away, with the K-Mart age. Let me tell you, they are BACK, and they call themselves WISE BUYS! Like those old "Dime Stores", (Rosco's in Roseville) the employees are friendly and helpful...You'll not find a better lot than these! What a breath of fresh air! I love the great deals and the friendly staff...You'd think that every employee owned the place...They are so cheerful and friendly! They have a new store at Greenback & Sunrise. Check it out and see if you don't agree! WISE BUYS YEH!!!
I shop local, and am a faithful customer. Sometimes lately there are just NOT enough checkers on the line. And recently, the staff changes seem to be affecting service. I saw one of my favorite old checkers at the Stanford Ranch to remember the service that Bel Air at Sunrise & Cirby was known for. The sharp young man in Produce is an absolute winner on the team, and the Pharmacy's service continues to meet my needs. I know that times are tough, and change comes, but we cannot lose sight of our customer service in order to maintain loyalty. I do confess, at times, I sneak over to Raley's on Douglas from time to time. Still shopping local of course!
BelAir has been my supermarket of choice ever since it came to Roseville. Their personnel are always friendly and helpful. Although it is smaller than some other local grocery stores, they still manage to carry a wide variety of products in both name and store brands. Their produce and meats are always fresh and of excellent quality. I really appreciate the extra services they offer, like the postal substation and the deli. It is great to pick up a prepared meal so that I don't have to cook after doing the shopping. I also appreciate the fact that they will order in products that they do not regularly carry.