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margaritagirl
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I was at Plaza yesterday. I was looking at the ground beef, I picked up a pack and realized that the package was warm. I looked at the temp and it was 80 degrees. I then looked down the rest of the meat dept. and it was reading 55 degrees. All the meat was warm.
The other case where they keep the chicken and ham products was also sweating and too warm.

I reported to a the lady bringing more meat out. She said only the one corner was not working. I said, no, all the refrigeration is not working properly. She just kept putting the meat out.

I found a supervisor and told him about it. He said that someone was working on it. I said, if they are working on it then why do you have meat out for customers to buy. You are gonna make someone sick. I told him the lady kept putting meat out knowing that it was too warm. He said he would look into it.

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about this. I won't be buying any meat or poultry there anytime soon.

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Topic starter Posted : June 13, 2015 12:10 pm
Cruz
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Can't blame the worker. She's probably just doing her job or what she was told to do . That's a management problem.

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Posted : June 13, 2015 12:48 pm
reghunnicutt
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Local code in Charlotte, NC is 38 degrees for restaurant refrigeration. That is scary.

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Posted : June 13, 2015 7:16 pm
CarlHartmann
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I'd like to point out that as of March, the Plaza Extra East where you had the problem is owned by a totally different company than the one that now owns Plaza Extra West (STX), Plaza Extra Tutu (STT) and Moe's (STT) -- and that the two operations have nothing to do with one another. Court Order

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Posted : June 13, 2015 8:21 pm
ms411
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You should report to Licensing. I, too, have been concerned about food temps on STT, especially at buffets. Most food is not kept consistently hot enough to inhibit bacterial growth. I never felt comfortable buying frozen food at Plaza Extra STT, because most of their frozen food is not in cases with doors, so some are not always solidly frozen.

WAPA rates are down so they can step it up a bit to keep us safe.

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Posted : June 13, 2015 10:18 pm
Scubadoo
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Yuk. Isn't there a local health dept. to report this too? Sounds like something that should get an immediate inspection.

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Posted : June 14, 2015 2:04 am
speee1dy
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i try not to shop there at all

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Posted : June 14, 2015 9:03 am
buck
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Who is seaside market in STX owned by? I heard it was the Plaza folks. East or West?

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Posted : June 14, 2015 10:20 am
CruzanIron
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Who is seaside market in STX owned by? I heard it was the Plaza folks. East or West?

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2014/07/21/work-seaside-market-and-deli

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Posted : June 14, 2015 11:01 am
Beeski
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Who is seaside market in STX owned by? I heard it was the Plaza folks. East or West?

Seaside is owned by the Plaza East folks.
The Plaza West folks now own Plaza STT.

I asked one of the Plaza East folks about this incident. He assured me it was a short-term problem and has been fixed. There have been challenges since the separation, but they are putting time, money and energy into fixing the problems with both management and equipment.

I know better than most that things powered by electricity break at an alarming rate in the VI. Too many surges, brownouts, outages, etc. for equipment to stay happy for long. Part of the cost of living in Paradise....

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Posted : June 14, 2015 11:40 am
margaritagirl
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I usually do not shop at Plaza east. I was at Cost U Less and they had no ground sirloin so I went to plaza east to check out to see what they had. One good thing, they had my wine for a good price.

I will try to stop by next week to see if they got the refrigeration up and running.

I had to take back a half gallon of milk to Food Town this week, it was spoiled. It had a good date on it. Nothing worse then pouring the milk in your cereal only to taste it was bad. YUK!!!
No problem returning it.

I see most stores leave pallets of milk out in the isles too long before it is put into the refrigerator. That drives me nuts.

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Topic starter Posted : June 14, 2015 11:43 am
Scubadoo
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And who knows how long the pallets stay out on the shipping docks at the store or before it gets to the store.

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Posted : June 14, 2015 2:58 pm
OldTart
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And who knows how long the pallets stay out on the shipping docks at the store or before it gets to the store.

Chilled and frozen goods come in on refrigerated/freezer containers which stay on until the trailer reaches its store destination. If the trailer is unable to be unloaded immediately it's plugged into the store outlet to maintain temperature until the seal is broken and unloading starts. Extended downtime and sitting on pallets only happens at the store if the warehouse crew isn't doing their job properly. Trust me, store owners go out of their way to keep waste to a bare minimum ...

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Posted : June 14, 2015 3:28 pm
East Ender
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Who are the "Plaza East folks" and the "Plaza West folks"? I thought Moe's was separate from all the Plaza/Food Center/etc. folks?

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Posted : June 14, 2015 3:30 pm
OldTart
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Moe's is owned and operated by the owners of the STT Plaza Extra.

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Posted : June 14, 2015 3:34 pm
East Ender
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Moe's is owned and operated by the owners of the STT Plaza Extra.

That is what I thought. Someone told me this was a completely different owner. Not sure how one store can look so nice and the other so yucky...

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Posted : June 14, 2015 3:41 pm
CarlHartmann
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Plaza Extra Tutu (STT) was just purchased by the company that owns Moe's (STT) and Plaza Extra West (STX) on May 1st -- they have taken it over now and are beginning a renovation/upgrade.

Plaza Extra East (STX) is the only market that remains owned by Fathi Yusuf/United Corporation, although his son, Mike, owns Seaside Market (STX).

[Corrected....Thanks for the correction Tart!]

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Posted : June 14, 2015 4:49 pm
OldTart
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Plaza Extra Tutu (STT) was just purchased by the company that owns Moe's and Plaza Extra West (STT) on May 1st

Plaza Extra West and Plaza Extra East are both on STX. Plaza Extra and Moe's are both on STT. The family squabble is finally and legally put to rest!

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Posted : June 14, 2015 5:15 pm
speee1dy
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went into plaza west today, looks really nice. a few things rearranged

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Posted : June 14, 2015 10:48 pm
CruzanIron
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Plaza west fruit prices seemed lower than east.

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Posted : June 14, 2015 11:06 pm
vicanuck
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I pretty much stopped buying meat shortly after I moved here 11 years ago. Too risky in my opinion.

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Posted : June 15, 2015 11:32 am
Beeski
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I pretty much stopped buying meat shortly after I moved here 11 years ago. Too risky in my opinion.

Lou the butcher at Foodtown is great, and the Angus beef at Seaside is awesome.

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Posted : June 15, 2015 2:31 pm
East Ender
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Okay, so who got Food Center in the divorce?;)

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Posted : June 15, 2015 8:21 pm
OldTart
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Okay, so who got Food Center in the divorce?;)

It had nothing to do with it, no involvement.

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Posted : June 15, 2015 8:46 pm
East Ender
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I thought Food Center was Fathi Yusuf's???

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Posted : June 15, 2015 10:51 pm
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