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Super Stop & Shop: The 24 Hour Super Market

Complete Score: 26 / 42 = 62.0%

Unlike most places in Boston, the Super Stop & Shop supermarket on 1100 Massachusetts Avenue is open 24 hours a day Tuesday through Saturday. As I live a few blocks from this Stop & Shop and tend to keep insomniac hours I love that I have an option for actual food at 3 AM on a Wednesday. Sure, Super Stop & Shop does not have the best produce in the world but their selection is quite large and you’re sure to find something to satisfy your midnight munchies.

Value

The building is huge, bigger than any other Stop & Shop in the Boston area (as far as I know). There is an entire aisle devoted to organic foods, ranging from Soy milk, yogurt, and burgers to organic chips, cookies, salsa, rice, soda, tea, cereal and even pizza. This large selection also correlates with relatively decent prices. If you’re looking to pick up a lot of competitively priced groceries in one spot, this Stop & Shop is a good place to go. You won’t find the best bargains here, but considering the store is open 24 hours a day 5 days a week, it’ll definitely have the best bargains at some points during the day. If it’s 2 AM and you’re in need of an actual meal you’ll be hard pressed to find better, healthier, fresher food for a better price in Boston.

Score: 3.5 / 5

Quality

Though this market has a huge produce section, their fruits and veggies leave a lot to desire. Their kiwis are sub-par on a good day, most of their bananas are from the corrupt and tasteless Chiquita brand and their berries are overpriced. All in all, I do most of my produce shopping at farmer’s markets, Whole Foods, Lambert’s or the Fruit Center and avoid the majority of Super Stop & Shop produce as much as possible. If you’re looking for a super market open 24 hours, there’s only one game in town.

Score: 2.5 / 5

Super Stop & Shop
Super Stop & Shop

Innovation

For such a large building it is a bit surprising and disappointing that there are only 4 self-service express checkouts and only one self-service full lane. Also, note that the self-service checkouts are shut down during the night and there is usually only one checkout lane open during the graveyard shift, though the lack of traffic tends to make this a non-issue. Still, being open 24 hours is a pretty big deal for Boston.

Score: 4 / 5

Social Benefit

It’d be nice if there was better bike parking and more of it. There is a bike rack but it does not seem too sturdy and does not allow for one to lock up your front and back wheel easily. There is a lot of open space where the bike rack is located and I’d like to see some benches set up so people don’t sit on the bike rack.

Still, having a supermarket open 24 hours a day gives a few more people jobs and gives people more options besides late night fast food. It’s a fairly large store and would likely be staffed during the night anyway so they are not using more energy than they normally would. Most super markets have so much roof space that it’d be nice to see more super markets put up solar panels to help power themselves sustainably.

Score: 3 / 5

Freestyle!

Overall, the 24 hour convenience and large selection outweigh the typical negatives of most Stop & Shops (mainly that they’re not Whole Foods or farmers markets). It’s conveniently located right off I-93 and Massachusetts Avenue, with buses arriving and departing to the JFK/Umass red line stop and other points in the area at a (seemingly) reasonable pace.

Score: 13 / 22

This Super Stop & Shop is located at 1100 Massachusetts Avenue in Dorchester, MA 02122 and is open 24 hours Tuesday through Saturday, and 7AM to midnight Monday and Sunday.

Complete Score: 26 / 42 = 62.0%

iggy’s bread of the world: Multi-seed Demi-Ficelle

Complete Score: 28.25 / 42 = 67.3%

I had a craving for some fresh baked bread earlier today but did not want to make the trip all the way to Whole Foods so I decided to stop by Shaw’s. After looking at a few loafs they had, I stumbled upon an iggy’s bread of the world multi-seed demi-ficelle loaf. It was the last one they had and flexed nicely in my hand indicating it was baked sometime that day. Though the loaf was small and a bit expensive I bought it. Knowing I wouldn’t feel super-full if I housed the whole thing (which I was likely to do) swayed me towards the purchase.

Value

Well, it was tasty and nutritious and fresh, but it was also $2.59 for a little itty bitty loaf! Still the bread has a good amount of carbohydrates per 2 ounce serving, with 26 out of 27 grams being from non-sugar sources. This loaf also contains 5 grams of protein and 10% of our daily iron need. So, it’s not empty calories but it’s still $2.59 for a very small loaf of bread!

Score: 2.5 / 5

Tasty, but small.
Tasty, but small.

Quality

Upon removing the bread from its packaging, it was indeed quite fresh (though not warm). It sliced very nicely and easily. The first bite I took I was instantly smacked with an overwhelming flavor of sesame seeds. Indeed upon looking at the ingredients, sesame and flax were the only seeds listed, though it also contained caraway, which is seed-like. I’m a big fan of sesame seeds so the overpowering sesame flavor was not an issue, but I wish I’d taken a closer gander at the ingredients so I knew this was basically a sesame loaf.

Score: 4 / 5

iggy's bright orange text is hard to miss
iggy's bright orange text is hard to miss

Innovation

Bread is bread is bead, except when it’s not bread. Have you ever taken a walk down your supermarket’s aisle and explicitly tried to purchase a loaf of bread without high fructose corn syrup? Depending on your choice of super market, it can be an overwhelmingly difficult search. I’m not sure how far iggy’s is distributed, but it’s baked in Cambridge which is probably a big factor in its freshness. They get points for being local and avoiding the high fructose corn syrup but otherwise, it’s still just a loaf of bread.

Score: 3 / 5

Social Benefit

Locally produced without high fructose corn syrup gains iggy’s a few socially beneficial points, but the high price of this loaf detracts it from feeding the masses on a daily basis. Still, the bread has good ingredients and should be noted as significantly better for you than otherwise empty calories. The web-site for iggy’s bread states that they’ve applied for a grant for a bio diesel generator, which is at least a good step in the right direction.

The site also notes that iggy’s donates any bread leftover at their stores at the end of the day to local food pantries and soup kitchens, which is admirable. Less waste plus helping those less fortunate in their community is a positive impact on society. Any other food waste that cannot be donated, iggy’s stores and gives to local farmers to use as compost or farm feed.

Score: 3.75 / 5

Freestyle!

Well, I housed the whole loaf in under an hour so I did enjoy it (though I was quite hungry at the time), but it was a very small volume of bread so it’s not all that much of an accomplishment. Though I enjoyed this loaf, it’s unlikely I’ll ever purchase it again due to it’s small size and relatively high cost.

Score: 15 / 22

iggy’s bread is available at local markets such as Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods and also in iggy’s bakeries located in Cambridge and Somerville.

Complete Score: 28.25 / 42 = 67.3%