|The Classic Look For A Fred's Store|
Towards the middle of this past summer, Terry and were on the way to the house from Riverdale and we passed a sign (about a mile and a half form my house) which read FRED'S Coming Soon. December 2014, about a week before Christmas, we got a flyer with an offer for a $50 gift card for every new or transferred prescription. I had transferred my prescriptions from Rite-Aid to Wal-Mart because I could get them cheaper at Wal-Mart at the time but I HATED the long lines, waiting as well as the horrific customer service I was having to endure each month.
Once the Riverdale location of Fred's opened at the end of December, Terry and I visited the store. He's not so much a fan of those types of stores but he actually said that it was the nicest Fred's he's ever seen. The store was super clean, the employees were amazingly helpful and friendly. My only complaint would be that some of the item's sale prices on the shelves don't match up with what's on the flyers but that's OK, the managers are willing to make those price changes when it's brought to their attention. Being a creature of habit, I stayed with Wal-Mart pharmacy and got my scripts filled in December and January. I really wasn't sure if my experience at the Fred's pharmacy could be any better or worse than what I'd already dealt with.
Rite-Aid's employee's knew me by name, not because I was a regular customer but because of all the grandstands and scenes I made when they had their old pharmacist from Ethiopia when the location was Eckerd's. That pharmacist was my mortal enemy, I fought with him over sale prices in the flyer, buying medications that you had to ask the pharmacist for as well as the fact that Eckerd didn't carry the lotrimin solution I'd been prescribed for an infection I had in my ear and suggested I go to the foot care section and get athletes foot spray or powder...FOR MY EAR??? Rite-Aid's medications, without insurance and with their "discount" or even through the GoodRX app are quite pricey. Wal-Mart, no one knows your name, they don't care either...good experience bad experience...they don't care as long as they get paid and you don't make them feel like they are going out of their way to do anything...Refills take at least an hour and that's if you're lucky.
So February rolls around, I need to get my Ambien refilled and low and behold, another flyer from Fred's Pharmacy arrives. I told Terry that I would like to try them out and get my scripts out of Wal-Mart for good, in spite of having to pay a little bit more for them. I walked into the store with my insurance card and shopping list in hand. I was prepared to do a little shopping and also go to a few more places to shop just to give the pharmacy staff time to call Wal-Mart, transfer the medication, fill it and run my insurance. This process basically takes at least an hour in the pharmacies I mentioned above. By the time I filled out the new patient form the pharmacy staff had my new prescription ready. What I assumed would take over an hour, happened in less than 3 minutes.
I am not picky when it comes to brand name and store branded items. I will usually try any store brand at least once and can honestly say that the Fred's branded items that I've purchased have been just as good as the national brands and equal to the value that I'd normally get on stored branded items from Aldi or Wal-Mart. Though I currently own no pets other than fish, I have wandered through their pet section, dedicated to two aisles in the Riverdale location. Though their pet products and foods feature a selection, typical of most retail stores of a similar price point, the prices at Fred's seem lower. I also noticed the ingredients on their own branded pet foods seem a bit higher in quality than some of the national branded pet foods.
Some of my favorite items that I exclusively buy at Fred's:
Fred's Extra Strength Cold & Hot Medicated Patch
Fred's Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips...as well as their Kettle Chips and Wavy Potato Chips
Fred's Lavender Scented Bleach
Wardley as well as Tetra branded aquarium products
Tussy Deodorant Cream...you read that correctly, they still make that stuff and I do use it thanks to it being one of the only deodorants that doesn't cause my skin to break out.
|This stuff is WAY better than Kiehl's Underarm Cream.|
I am vocal about my affinity for Fred's, not only because I like the value of the products but because the store has a hometown and almost old school feel to it that you don't get in those bigger chain stores. I'll take Fred's over Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Walmart, Target or any other discount retail establishment.