By Tom Butler
Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week! Well the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade was a big success again this year! I hope all of you were able to come.
The great thing about a community parade is that everyone seems to know everyone else. The crowd knows the participants and vice versa so every so often a parade float, horse, or car would just stop so people could talk and catch up. This caused a lot of starts and stops during the parade route but that’s what people in Rocky Hill do, they take the time to stop and talk.
Society now seems to be trying to train us not to stop and talk anymore. The grocery industry is even starting to jump on this bandwagon. Most every publication I receive now has articles about how to transform a grocery store into an internet service where you electronically send your grocery list to a store, the store gathers up your groceries and then you just drive up and get them. You never get out of your car and I guess you don’t stop and talk. Another thing they are testing is delivering your groceries to your house using a drone. I’m sure some of the folks in Rocky Hill will love taking target practice on drones flying around their neighborhoods. I don’t know if drones stop and talk when they land on your porch or not, but who really wants to talk to a drone anyways.
Krogers, just this week, announced one of these programs at their new store in Maryville and plan to follow that up at their store in Cedar Bluff. I have actually visited both of those stores and based on the size of them, I can see why one would want someone else to gather their groceries and bring them out front. I would be worn out if I had to walk that whole place to do my shopping.
I don’t know where all of this is heading, but I don’t like the idea of doing all of our business out in the parking lot or at a drive through window. It’s hard to get to know your customers through a windshield or on a computer screen and selling groceries is not a real exciting profession. It’s getting to know all the interesting people that walk through our doors that make it fun.
Changing gears a little bit, our Christmas ad will be coming out this Sunday. It’s hard to believe Christmas is just two weeks away. Our whole Beef Tenderloin is on sale. Matter of fact we went ahead and dropped the price of it in case you have a party this weekend before the official sale starts. It is and will be $ 11.99 a pound through Christmas. This is about the best price we have had on it all year. Thankfully, it just happened to happen right before Christmas!
Our other big meat item on sale is Standing Rib Roast. The price on it is $9.99 a pound for Choice Black Angus grade and $ 11.99 for Prime grade. The best deal is the Prime grade which is the highest grade the USDA has for beef. So if you have ever wanted to try a Prime grade standing rib roast, now would be the time. It is usually around $16.00 a pound.
As always, we will be glad to trim your beef tenderloin for you and grind your trimmings so you can make some extra special hamburgers with the trimmings. On the Standing Rib Roast, we can cut them to about any size you want. If you are trying to figure out how much you need, we usually figure about a pound per person on those because of the weight of the bone. We also cut those off the bone for you and then tie the bones back on so when you finish cooking them you can cut the strings and remove the bones to make them easier to slice.
Feel free to call us and place an order for meat or just show up and we will get you fixed up on the spot.
I know Christmas is a busy time of year and everyone is in a hurry to get everything done. We are going to do our best to make your shopping here as quick and easy as we can, but at the same time, we still feel like there is real value in stopping and talking. That’s what makes community parades great, that’s what makes shopping at local businesses great, and that’s what makes living the “Grocery Life” great!
Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,
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Butler and Bailey Market
7513 Northshore Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37919