Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I have been a customer of Giant supermarket in Willow Grove Pa. since it opened. I am sorry to report a recent dramatic decline in the management of this store. This past Saturday morning (07/22/2017) at approximately 11:45 AM I was checking out my purchases when the cashier inadvertently printed out my receipt without including the 5% discount coupon for my next shopping trip. She said that she could not print out the coupon after printing my receipt. She instructed me to go to the Customer Service counter, give them my membership card and they would print out the coupon.
I went to the Customer Service counter and there was one person ahead of me with three Giant staff behind the counter. The lady in front of me had her yard long cash register receipt and a copy of the Giant discount mailer. She was complaining that the price she paid for items was greater than the advertised prices in the mailer. The customer service representative spent at least 10 minutes comparing prices paid and advertised price, apparently not knowing how to resolve this discrepancy. The store manager, a grey haired, middle aged lady showed little interest in resolving this issue or assisting the next person in line. I was on the other side of the counter about three feet away from her trying to get her attention but she carefully avoided making eye contact with me.
She then proceeded to leave the Customer Service cubicle knowing that I was waiting in line, the other service representative was having great difficulty with a transaction taking much time to resolve, in order to man one of the check out stations. The third service representative was performing data entry for another Giant employee at her work station. After completing this task she left the Customer Service area to bag purchases that the manager was ringing up. I waited for approximately three minutes before I went to the manager's register and asked them whether they saw me in line waiting for service when they left the Customer Service area. The Manager ignored me but the service representative apologized and promptly stopped bagging and went to the service counter and printed out the coupon in less than 30 seconds.
I addition to management's disregard for customer service I have noted a decline in stocking of popular low fat or fat free yogurt products, salt free and other items that in the past were routinely stocked. The computer kiosks that are intended to speed up ordering of delicatessen products is frequently inoperable. I've noticed them being out of order at least once per month. The fresh fruit and produce counters are not as well managed as they had been in the past. Often products are on display that are overripe or have gone bad. For example egg plants were on display at two locations, and each location displayed all egg plants were overripe and in one case spoiled and moldy.
Another problem hindering shopping on the weekends is that many of the product vendors stock their shelves during prime shopping time, with their carts restricting access in the isles. Certainly the stocking of fast selling and quickly perishable fresh fruit and produce is appropriate during peak shopping times but not for canned or bottled goods or non perishable items. For the above cited reasons I feel that the Giant supermarket at Willow Grove is no longer a desirable shopping venue. This is a disappointment because some of the departments, in particular the fish and bakery departments are well managed and operated by customer service oriented personnel.
I have drawn this issue to several Giant staff members over the past years but it seems not important enough. I refer to the local store on Arlington Rd in Bethesda MD, and also the one near Democracy Blvd and Old Georgetown Rd also in Bethesda MD. On the overhead board in the Giant stores in Maryland where (all?) the various commodities are listed with the specific isle numbers where that commodity may be found, 'Rice' is not listed. If one does not know where it is to be found, then an unnecessary search needs to be made. This has been so for several years!
I made a comment (again) about it today (about 4.30 pm) to a cashier at the store near Democracy Rd but was asked if I knew where the rice was. My response was 'yes' whereupon I was rudely confronted with the statement that if I knew where it was, then why should I complain about. She obviously failed to understand that not all customers might know the location as I do.
Rice is a major food item and it should be indicated on the overhead board. (Please note that I am not referring to the general commodity labels over the specific isles.) Is this omission of rice on the overhead board a prolonged and inadvertent oversight or is it deliberate Giant policy? I do not wish to highlight any one individual following this report. I've been a Giant shopper for years.
On July 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm I had a grocery cart full of store items to be checked out. There were many other customers in the computerize check out too. It is difficult for me check out large diverse purchases, place food on the belt, check prices and bag items according to specialize bags I bring to the store to shop. I prefer personal cashier customer service because of the aforementioned. There are too many glitches with the computer self check out if I have a lot of groceries. When asked for a personal cashier, I was informed there is only one cashier in the store, that employee was on break and we have to use computer self checkout. An employee agreed to check me out and another agreed to bag. It appeared the help was offered due to a back up in all computer lines and my complaint about using this service.
Each employee were not customer friendly and did not make it easy for me to perform my normal check out verification process, coupons checks, price check, payment, Q&A and bagging. In fact, the packing of my purchased items were put in each bag carelessly without regard for item separation based on department and food purchase. My freezer bag for cold items zipper was destroyed with large non cold bottles being placed carelessly inside, bags were too heavy and filled to the top etc. I had plenty of bags. I will stop here describing my dissatisfactions because there is more. For instance how food stamps customers receive condescending remarks and looks about their purchases if they are confused as to what they can or can not purchase. But the employee's verbals were not negative. Only the abovementioned actions.
Finally, I feel you may have lost a loyal customers that shop at this store regularly, an average 3 visits per week and weekly a hefty shopping bill for large quantities of items purchased. And there is another new store in the neighborhood, Whole Foods, in which we patronized randomly in upper NW, but still remained loyal to Giant after they moved in the H Street NE Corridor. We plan to patronize them more and Giant less at this point in time.
I have been shopping at Giant for over twenty years. I would say that one out of five times I am overcharged for an item on sale. If I didn't check my receipt I would not catch this "mistake". I have spoken to other people that shop at Giant and they have the same problem. When I go back they always make it right but why do I have to go back, why can't they correct this problem. Giant is close but I am seriously considering going elsewhere.
The Giant Food store in Reisterstown has gone downhill in the past several months. It used to be a real nice place to shop where customers and employees would talk and share. The store seems to have fallen into "grocery store hell" if there is such a place. The shelves seem to take forever to get stocked, the produce is old and wilted before any fresh produce is replaced and you can't seem to get assistance when you need it. I went over on a Friday - the day of the new sale. I asked the meat manager who looked like he was 19 years old, if there were any kabobs in the meat lockers as they were on sale. He just looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and walked away from me.
At other times, on a busy Friday evening or Saturday evening (between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) there are only two regular cashiers available and if you need help at the self service, you stand there forever before anyone comes and rescues you from your blinking light and hung up register. The place has gone to the dogs. I hate to say it, but I want MARS back. They left Reisterstown and closed their store at the Reisterstown Shopping Center. Guaranteed it was a small store. But they sure treated you much better than the employees at Giant who look and act as though they could care less about their job and even lesser about customer service.
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Giant Foods Cherry Valley in Reisterstown MD - Produce was wilted, not fresh. Most common items were either out of stock or missing. Deli salad selection was low. Used to be a wonderful one stop shopping experience. No more.
I was shopping at the 6529 store in Enola. Front end manager is out of control. I asked the self check out associate a question and we spoke for about a minute. Then manager walks in from taking smoke break and told me I need to leave because I am distracting her associate from her job. I said, "Hello I am a customer and am asking your associate something." She proceeded to be very rude and told me if I was done I needed to leave and I hadn't started shopping. Manager's name is Rachelle. She is out of control and needs terminated. I will be contacting Giant corporate office to file a complaint. Terrible customer service.
Re: Mountain Road deli workers. There can be three of them behind the counter but you could be there a good ten minutes. They don't look you in the eye, they hate the fact that they have to ask you if you want to try something because, uhm, once again not looking you in the eye. If you tell them you don't want to try anything they get all snippy and say they are required to ask even though you tell them to stop. They gossip the entire time. They walk around like zombies.
Giant Foods #6331 Simpson Ferry Rd Mechanicsburg PA. That store needs to rethink the way they treat their paying customers. The behavior I've seen displayed toward minorities there is disgusting. Today I went in for a money transfer through their Western Union. I'm the only one in line, filled out the forms and waited for Christine to take me. As I was waiting a lady walked up behind me and Christine glanced at me first and then at the lady and decided to call her up. So obvious that the lady protested that "the gentleman was waiting first" and she should take care of me first. I attempted to take a step but Christine was quick to brush that comment aside saying "he's gonna be there a while." The lady was shocked but Christine proceeded to forcefully help her. And after Christine just help her hands over the counter without a word to grab my paperwork. I complied quietly and then requested to see her supervisor to whom I complained.
She promised to have a talk with her and I hope she did. Everybody's time is valuable and you should be courteous, fair and respectful to every single customer. You can't skip a customer who choose your business to spend their money because you have some issues and prejudices. I hope they have that incident on camera and use it to better train their employees on good customer service.
I visited the Giant, Glen Burnie, Cromwell shopping center on 02/26/2017 to have a prescription filled at the pharmacy. Consequently, I left the store not only without my prescription being filled, also without being given my prescription back. The young lady's lack of empathy, willing to listen, and desire to assist is just a few characteristics of her service and character. The experience was humiliating and unfortunate. I feel it was a true representation of her lack of customer service, professional soft skills and business acumen. People make the brand of an organization. Good luck with that! A customer over of 20yrs; no more.
One would think Scan-IT is designed as a shopper convenience. Instead, my card is regularly flagged when I use it. Either the equipment appears to malfunction and a manager is summoned OR the checker lets me know I'm being audited. Points: Never have they found even 1 item I neglected to personally scan; if the system generally encourages dishonest people to cheat them, why does Giant continue to use Scan-IT? Who would not be insulted about regularly being singled out to have what allegedly is a self-check convenience continuously audited for honesty? It slows down the lines and inconveniences everyone waiting for the Scan-IT customer to complete their purchase.
Who else has had this experience? Is Giant simply mismanaging their equipment or tone deaf to the fact that they are mistreating a very long-time customer? Note: People have opined to me that Scan-IT is first and foremost a way for Giant to keep their employee count down and only secondarily a customer convenience.
Corporate treated me fantastically well like a regular should. Thank You Spence!!! Even complimented a cashier that didn't even assist me. Thanks to Spence and taking care of the complaint I had. I WILL BE SHOPPING AGAIN at the Chemical Road location. No it's not always about getting something. Sometimes it's being treated like the regular shopper you have been for decades. No one likes getting treated like dirt or sub human level and recognition can go a long way.
All must know was a regular and treated like nothing. So I have a Food Stamp card, am ** and still treated like nothing. 2 incidents horrible manager named NICOLE who doesn't care about customer service and fake as fake can be. Last month I went to back of store, grabbed container, and a meal. Nowhere does it say can't use Food Stamp card. The attitude from the cashier and the supervisor was disgusting. Went to customer service a few days after and asked the manager on duty. Supervisor great apologizes, explains can't use card in Montgomery County, gives me gift card. Manager apologizes fake at best. Wasn't happy clearly getting a gift card. 2nd time. I have a balance again. The cashier at time not happy huffing and puffing.
Supervisor comes by. Tells her she's giving me attitude. She sees this and hears this. This is important here. We go to next register. I can't find my Food Stamp card. I put in my pants every time. I find it in the cart but not before cashier rudely says I scan and give it back always. I am so pissed with her attitude and remark. I yell, "REALLY? WHY? IT'S IN MY CART... RIGHT?" I go back to supervisor say see. I turn this ** who treated me like ** is now smiling and whispering. I start yelling "You're rude. Stop smiling." She actually yelled back and the supervisor allowed it never telling her to stop. "I am the customer" which I yelled. Man symbolizes I'm crazy to the cashier. Well those two customers were never from the start only saw me yelling.
I still have balance and knew how much was on the card. Lovely manager... now re rings me at cus srvc. Still fine. Tell her she apologize fakely all fakely. Asked if I had this happen the month before. I said, "Different but yes." Here the items now. Do I wait for this... want to buy it 2-3 times. Says this, "NO I don't want to buy it." "Are you sure?" "Yes. Why do I want to buy it if I was using my Food Stamp card?" Also both times I had to ask her and prod from her if me how she would feel? She even said not happy. I said, "Well I'm not." I told her that the same 2 customers who saw me yelled would probably say something against me. HEADS UP. She asked me again if I wanted the item? NO. I call corporate. This is last WED. I demand regional calls me back.
I go to ShopRite the next day, smiles, looked up my number, told me my Food Stamp balance, treated me like GOLD. Friday no joke call from same FAKE manager Nicole. "Hi this is Nicole. I thought everything was fine when you left." (I'm thinking, "You woke me the up and are you kidding me?") I snapped, "NO everything wasn't fine and you knew this." "I asked if you wanted item? You said no." I said, "Because you asked me if I wanted to buy it." "Oh well I don't remember that." I SNAP, "OF COURSE NOT BECAUSE IT'S AGAINST ME." She said, "That's not true." I said, "Yes it is." She said, "Well the 2 customers with the cashier behind you pulled me aside." I snapped. "Of course they did. I told you they weren't there from the start and 2 told you they'd be pulling you aside." She said, "Well the supervisor even said cashier did nothing wrong." I snapped, "Of course not."
She said, "So I don't see a reason to issue you a gift card." I reply, "Shocker, not." She said, "So can I do anything else?" I said, "Oh no you've done more than enough." I said, "You know what you said you weren't there and still rely you spoke to the 2 guests. Told you I wanted the ice cream and left without it." She even says, "Well had you wanted the item I could have scanned it differently and given it to you." I basically yelled "You knew I wanted the item. Are you kidding me?" Notice didn't offer it to me now. She continues about the Food Stamp card and no way would the cashier have not scanned and given it back to me basically calling me a liar and flipped the damn script on the... you know. I said, "So accidents don't happen?" She said, "Sure they do." I snapped, "Good that's all I need to hear."
Nicole said, "Was there anything else I can do for you?" I said, "You know what? You have done nothing but apologize and I want you to know I don't buy it and I don't believe you. So for the future knowing I'm a regular you can apologize and mean it." Stunned, "Oh I'm sorry." I said, "And you know what? That's what I'm talking about. I work this business and I can tell sincerity and you're not." I call Corporate again and snap. Why have I not even heard from regional as promised and I get her? I really now both times and tell him I expect that if ever back in the store she sees me she keeps walking, she is no longer to ever talk to me again. Tell him I said to tell regional thanks for not calling me and passing the buck and that I got more respect at ShopRite than I did there in the last 2 months.
Don't go to Giant on Chemical Road. Don't talk to Nicole. Warning you she's beyond fake... Good luck with corporate. You'll get nice people. Never the regional since you don't matter. THAT STORE AND BEST BUY PHONELINES AND CORPORATE NEED TO BE OUT OF BUSINESS OR RESCHOOLED ON customer service and what customers mean.
I shop at the Bartonsville Giant here in PA. I drive past 2 other grocery stores to get there - so that should tell you a great deal. :) The people there are always awesome, the service is the best in the area and that particular store is worth the drive.
Giant provides many selections of different brands, however, even though they promote sales of certain products, it has been my experience that as the sale products pricing goes down, other products pricing goes up to compensate. I've compared their prices to other stores and have found a great deal of higher pricing at Giant.
The store is a rather small. This affects available selection. I have requested an item to be carried on at least 3 occasions. Never has my request been honored. Once, I even stated I would buy a case of the product (Luzianne decaf tea bags) and I never even received a phone call to inform me that they weren't going to get it for me.
I like the quality and variety of foods available at my local Giant food store, however, due to the higher cost of items, I rarely visit there. I usually do my shopping at Sam's Club. Giant has a much larger variety of food items so when I only need a smaller amount of an item, something that is not available at Sam's Club, or they have something on sale that I could use, I shop at Giant Foods. The store is always clean and the service is good. I have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren who are in my home several times a week so the larger sizes of items usually works well for our family.
I wish they included few other company foods for additional discounts, & I also wish they included a 3 Liter soda on top of 2-liter soda. I also wish that marks should slightly be lowered upon specified products compared with other stores.
The store has a good variety but some of the people who work there could use a few lessons in manners. If you ask them a question they act like you are bothering them. I have a service dog and have a severe back injury. One of the employees yelled at me and told me there was no reason for me to have a service dog and I should get out of the store.
The food is fresh, there is a large selection of products and the staff they are wonderful. I am disabled so it feels good when staff offer to reach things for me and also offer to help me transport my groceries to the car. My son used to work there part-time and he really enjoyed being a part of Giants store.
Giant is a nice and conveniently located grocery store. However, when the opportunity is presented I like to shop at other stores which offer variety, quality, and what I believe to be a better prices than Giant. For example - Wegman's and Trader Joe's are two that I make trips to at least 4-5 times a year to stock up on items that I cannot find at my Giant.
Giant has got the worst scanners of any place I've been. Also how about having your bag boys bag food instead of standing around shooting the **. I have to bag my own food while they converse. Overall Giant sucks ass.
Giant's circular coupon advertised shrimp for $5.77. Clerks needed manager since coupon didn't work on last day of sale. We all agreed photo on coupon matched the item purchased. Cost was REALLY $11.54 since it's a prepackaged 2 lb bag. Customers can't buy 1 lb, so why advertise a misleading price? Advertised price of $5.77 is nowhere on receipt, but $11.54 is price you have to pay. Even clerks were confused about the price until manager pointed out fine print. Lots of waiting and reviewing. They refunded my money when I went to Customer Service. I called the Corporate Office who will "share" with Marketing - they don't take your name or info. Nothing for my troubles. I like Giant's food choices but my trust is weakening due to deceptive advertising.
This is my neighborhood grocery. I would like to shop there, but they make it tough. The pharmacy is kind to let me know it is time to renew my mother's prescriptions. It's too bad that when I stop a couple of days later by to pick them up, the prescriptions are not ready. I need to come back another day for them. Why bother to call if you have not prepared the refill? I did return. I got the prescription and picked out some other items to buy. Then I go to the check-out line where every checker is a young person in training -- without any support.
After I three times ask another employee to call for or send for help in my lane or for another lane to open up (I even called the front desk from the lane), someone finally sent a bagger. He is useless and reluctant. He strolls over and then appears to study the situation. By the time he begins a desultory effort to assist, I am out of patience. There is still someone ahead of me, and I have waited more than 30 minutes in line. I tell this to the manager at the door after I abandon a cart of groceries on the conveyor belt. He says we can go back, gather up my stuff, and he will check me out in another lane. Who has time for this? I think I left $75-80 of groceries behind.
A month later, I try the store again (tonight). It is later in the evening than on my last-mentioned visit, and the parking lot looks empty. That approach did not work either. First I find a man and his children eating donuts right out of the bakery case. That killed my desire for baked goods. I have to hunt for someone on duty to pass on the info because it's tough to find anyone there at 7 p.m. I then head for the checkout line (one of only two open) where we are waiting for a price check. I wait quite awhile then consider heading for another lane, but I can see for myself there is a slow checker and no bagger. I give up on trying that lane after observing the slow pace.
So I go to self-serve -- even though I hate to self-check and have produce items so know this will be a cause of further delay. This is the only self-serve that I have ever seen that doesn't let you bag as you check so I wait and wait while the woman before me checks and then begins bagging at the end of a long conveyor belt. I try to bag as I check, but, at this store, the machine rejects that, and the clerk in the area says we have to start over. Who needs this? Maybe this store should work with a few skilled people instead of relying on many people who need more training before being out on the floor. Tonight I also abandoned a cart with about $75 of groceries.
Seriously, I do not want apologies. I want action. I called the manager from the parking lot to share my reaction and she says several times that "It's slow now." That is, of course, my point. Even when no one is shopping, this store is s...l...o...w. Maybe it would help if the person who watches the door watched the lines and sent people to help when things get bogged down. Maybe not. The bagger the manager sent to help on my prior visit was useless.
Tonight I looked at that long conveyor belt on the self-serve lane and foresaw a future in which there are no checkers and baggers. It will be a future in which I do all of the work myself. And I think I should be getting minimum wage and some health benefits instead of irritation and a trip to the Safeway first thing tomorrow morning.
I was just called by a friend to find out what I thought about Giant Food as she saw that a Roberta ** made a derogatory remark about Giant Food. WELL THAT WAS NOT ME. Yes, my name is Roberta **. The person with the name just Roberta ** is my sister-in-law who never changed her name through numerous marriages.
Please be advised that I love Giant Food Stores. They are generous to me and my organizations for helping collect items for the veterans and the needy. I highly recommend Giant Food Stores for all your needs. Every department is handled with great courtesy and kindness. So please be advised that I, ROBERTA **, LOVES THE GIANT FOOD STORES.
I live in Harrisburg City PA. As a customer I have traveled to your different stores to review your fruits and vegetables and have noted that at the Kline Village GIANT they don't have all of the freshness, variety, and organization as the GIANT'S in the more affluent neighborhoods. I have noted that our organic food section lacks anything that I see at the more affluent aka ** neighborhood GIANT FOOD STORES. Did you know that all your customers deserve the same treatment? Our dollars also spend and can be spent elsewhere as a citizen of this UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We as a people are a awakening to the realization that our dollars aren't taken as seriously as the ** dollar. I will choose to spend my money elsewhere. This is sad. Most people shop at the Kline Village due to their inability to travel elsewhere. I believe corporations need to view all customers as equal.
Appears to be a one-time occurrence.
Don't try to go to the deli at night. Even though the posted hours are until 10:00PM, I have been told there is "nothing they can do" when arriving at 9:20 because they have already cleaned their slicers for the night.
I went to my local Giant Food Store at the Cressona mall in Pennsylvania to buy only 1 Pound of c. slaw for $1.99 a Pound. The female employee to me, "WE ARE ALL OUT"! Then I viewed a hand full of M. Salad in the stainless steel pan, in the Deli Case. The pasta looked BROWN. I told the female employee that the M. Salad should be thrown out. She said, "IT HAS A DATE." I took a photo of it with my camera phone. The female employee said, "WHY ARE YOU TAKING A PHOTO?" I said, "so I can show the GIANT STORE manager."
The female employee TOOK OFF her name tag and said to me, "HERE! SHOW THIS TO THE MANAGER!" How rude is this to any cash paying customer? I called the store manager, he was very nice and gave me a $10 Gift Card! The point Is this, ANY employee who takes off their name tag, holds it up to a customer, and SAYS "HERE, SHOW THIS TO THE MANAGER" is in the WRONG JOB! This took place on 8/3/2016 at the GIANT Food Store at the Cressona PA Mall. For what it matters, I am a disabled person.
It took the manager 40 minutes to come to the phone for me to tell him about the spider in the apple juice. I was told to call later (and it already was 10:00 PM) as he was in the back. I said to get him and I would hold (which I did for too long a time.) This only puts more fuel into the fire.
I bought some food today in Giant Foods at 255 Northland Center. During the checkout, the cashier named ** asked me what is the name of the green peppers I bought. I told her I didn't know the exact name and asked her if she could find the correct item through the pictures. (They have that function in their checkout system.) Then she asked me what is the item code for the green peppers. I replied I didn't know that code. ** then became angry and upset and blamed me that I should know the name or the code of the item I am buying. She looked angry and upset, and she dropped the items I bought heavily into the plastic bag with attitude. Isn't it the cashier's responsibility of knowing the exact name or the code of the items in their store?
The only red delicious apples left (6 or 7) were dinged and picked-over (as has been the case in the last 4 or so weeks). The non-dairy coffee creamer was nowhere to be found and there was one package of ground beef on the shelf. When I went to the butcher's counter, no one was to be found anywhere.
I yelled several times, in case someone was in the back. Still no one there. So I left my 1/2 filled grocery card and walked out. The management of that store is shoddy. The products occasionally available and it has gone downhill altogether in terms of customer service. I'm going to Wegmans for my weekly groceries. Giant, you have lost a loyal customer.
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