Have you stopped in the newly remodeled Price Chopper grocery store in Waldo? It’s worth a visit! We now have a large, full service grocery with all the extras to serve our neighborhood…just like the suburbs.
After a complete remodel, this store at 8430 Wornall reopened December 8. Inside you’ll see new coolers and freezers, updated lighting and flooring and peppy pop music piped through the speakers. There’s a bakery, deli, liquor dept, large meat counter, pharmacy (COVID shots available!) and prepared food section next to a café. I recently spoke with David Bardwell, Store Director, about the special features of the remodel. “We have a very nice meat department, and the butchers will do special cuts for customers in advance. Our sushi counter is unique to this area—it’s owned and operated by a privately owned company that rents the space. The bakery department takes special orders and I think our liquor department offers the lowest prices around”. And in the check out area…seven self check out stands and four staffed stands. I also like the new grocery carts with a few storage areas instead of one large basket.
David grew up in the grocery business-his father was a grocer with Payless Grocery. Unlike the Price Chopper in Brookside and the one on 103rd off Wornall (both owned by the Cosentino family), this store is owned by Balls Foods, which will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary next year. David says prices can vary from store to store, but the weekly ad specials are always the same at every Price Chopper. You’ll experience a very friendly staff when you visit; if you are looking for a particular item, someone will walk you to the exact spot in the aisle that has your item! During the many months this store was closed, David had a van and drove several carless teammates to work in the Bannister and Grandview stores. Of the 83 current employees, 30 worked at the store previously and came back so you may see some familiar faces. The Ball’s Food Stores vision is “To be the best run, friendliest supermarkets in town where teammates are passionate about providing excellent customer service and where customers love to shop.”
I asked David if he was having any supply chain issues regarding keeping the store stocked during the pandemic. He explained they have approximately 4000 items delivered per week, and there are a few things are in short supply: paper products, children’s drinks and canned pet food. But overall, he can get everything needed to keep the shelves full.
It’s easy to run in and out of this store if you just need a couple of things; or stock up with a big load of groceries. There’s plenty of parking out front; and you can create orders online to pick up in the store later or have delivered to your car. Stop in and check out the new Waldo Price Chopper! The store is open seven days a week from 7am-10pm.