Real Food, for the Rest of Us (Food Bazaar International Supermarket)
“So where do you shop for food?” has been one of those haunting questions for us Trenton residents for many years. In truth, despite the good efforts of the Supreme Supermarket, for years there hasn’t been a store in town where you’d want to buy food for a dinner party. Sure…if you were having a party and you discovered that you needed to pick up an onion or a quart of milk, or maybe even a head of lettuce…no problem. But if you’re quality conscious, and had the choice, most folks I know would suffer the 16-20 mile round-trip schlep to Wegeman’s or Whole Foods.
In June of 2008, the somewhat mercurial Bogopa Food Services Corp opened it’s 12th Food Bazaar Store in Trenton’s Roebling Market. At 67,000 SF, it’s 3x the size of any other food market within Trenton City limits. And the chain has a merchandising and buying philosophy that fits extremely well in Trenton. It targets ethnic buyers: Hispanic, West Indian, East Indian, etc. with a large selection of fresh produce, high quality meats and seafoods, and an extensive selection of ethnic grocery products.
Prices on meats and seafood are particularly aggressive, and much lower than it’s Princeton-focused competitors. These departments are huge, by the way, and there’s a large number of tanks for live lobsters and other seafood.
And it’s not just a generic “Hispanic Foods” section. As my long time Mexican-resident neighbor pointed out, if you’re from Mexico or Peru, El Salvador, the Dominican, or Puerto Rico, Food Bazaar will have a section of your favorite packaged goods and exotic produce. For the rest of us, it’s a “shopping experience” not to be missed.