Bechtol Grocery Co

★★★☆☆
40.7807 -85.8226
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260-563-3926

120 Hale Dr

Wabash, IN

46992

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I've tried writing reviews for this place before but they keep getting deleted. This is a dirty little store that has extremely high prices and only survives by capitalizing on the elderly who are too weak or afraid to go to the larger stores.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've tried writing reviews for this place before but they keep getting deleted. This is a dirty little store that has extremely high prices and only survives by capitalizing on the elderly who are too weak or afraid to go to the larger stores.

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I found Mr. Bechtol to be a kind person. He has never been rude to me. The prices are attractive, and the smaller size of the store makes shopping easier.
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Big box stores are no longer always the lowest price. Moreover, the huge parking lots, long lines, the screaming Walmart TV, and the incredible walking distance in the big box environment is a miserable shopping experience.
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Bigger is not always better. In many cities people are turning away from the big stores because they do not offer the value they claim to represent.

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★★★★★

I found Mr. Bechtol to be a kind person. He has never been rude to me. The prices are attractive, and the smaller size of the store makes shopping easier.
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Big box stores are no longer always the lowest price. Moreover, the huge parking lots, long lines, the screaming Walmart TV, and the incredible walking distance in the big box environment is a miserable shopping experience.
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Bigger is not always better. In many cities people are turning away from the big stores because they do not offer the value they claim to represent.

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This grocery store capitalizes on the elderly population living on the south side of town who are unwilling to travel across town to less expensive stores, so that explains why they are still in business. They fail as a responsible local business in product pricing, product quality (where applicable), and service (from management).

Specifically, their pricing is much higher than other retailers selling the same goods. This would be acceptable only if the company made up for it by using the extra income to improve the overall shopping experience (no effort appears to be made in this area though).

Product quality fails primarily in the meat, produce and deli departments. Meat is often substandard, and spoils conspicuously quickly after purchase. Meat quality is directly related to the out of date nature of the meat department which lacks proper refrigeration. This reviewer spoke to the Wabash County Health Department about why the company is allowed to operate a meat department without correct refrigeration and was told the upgrade would be prohibitively expensive for the company's operation. This would be akin to claiming car company was no longer going to include airbags in their vehicles because they cost too much. This aspect sounds like typical small-town corruption. (Also, if you want to see some particularly disturbing health comments, ask the health department for the inspection reports for Bechtol Grocery Company. They are public record and you cannot be refused.) Produce suffers the same fate of early spoilage (specifically potatoes) and the deli meats are often substandard as well (when considering the price to quality ratio).

Management fails on two fronts: customer relations and employee relations. Customer relations suffer primarily when management fails to make proper amends for their various failures in quality. Additionally, Mrs. Bechtol appears to have frequent difficulty controlling her temper with both employees and customers and is widely considered rude. Others who have failed to see the rudeness often comment about how "fake" she acts, but that is a subjective trait. Luckily, this instability is not mirrored by Mr. Bechtol who is generally reasonable. The most distinct areas of failure to engage appropriately with employees are: employee treatment, and employee pay. Treatment of employees is generally neutral to poor depending upon the manager's mood. Good work is ignored, and poor work is severely penalized (through official sanctions, verbal persecution, or cut hours). Occasionally, yelling matches between management and employees will be heard throughout the store, calling into question the professionalism of the entire company. Employee pay is the final area of this company's failure. Cashier's (at one time), received less than minimum wage for a "Probationary Period" the duration of which is unknown to this reviewer. After which time, the management could choose to keep the employee at minimum wage, or terminate employment. This practice was a loophole in the minimum wage law (apparently, else they were simply doing it illegally, which I find unlikely) that allowed the owners to pay a virtual slave wage to the employees. It is believed that, aside from management, the normal hourly employees enjoyed the benefit of minimum wage. Employee wage is inconsistent with product pricing which would indicate the owners ability to compensate employees more fairly for their work.

In summary, the company survives due to location and the demographics of the population of the south side of Wabash. As the City of Wabash continues to shrink, and the elderly population of the south side is replaced by younger generations, the success of this company is likely to decline.

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★☆☆☆☆

This grocery store capitalizes on the elderly population living on the south side of town who are unwilling to travel across town to less expensive stores, so that explains why they are still in business. They fail as a responsible local business in product pricing, product quality (where applicable), and service (from management).

Specifically, their pricing is much higher than other retailers selling the same goods. This would be acceptable only if the company made up for it by using the extra income to improve the overall shopping experience (no effort appears to be made in this area though).

Product quality fails primarily in the meat, produce and deli departments. Meat is often substandard, and spoils conspicuously quickly after purchase. Meat quality is directly related to the out of date nature of the meat department which lacks proper refrigeration. This reviewer spoke to the Wabash County Health Department about why the company is allowed to operate a meat department without correct refrigeration and was told the upgrade would be prohibitively expensive for the company's operation. This would be akin to claiming car company was no longer going to include airbags in their vehicles because they cost too much. This aspect sounds like typical small-town corruption. (Also, if you want to see some particularly disturbing health comments, ask the health department for the inspection reports for Bechtol Grocery Company. They are public record and you cannot be refused.) Produce suffers the same fate of early spoilage (specifically potatoes) and the deli meats are often substandard as well (when considering the price to quality ratio).

Management fails on two fronts: customer relations and employee relations. Customer relations suffer primarily when management fails to make proper amends for their various failures in quality. Additionally, Mrs. Bechtol appears to have frequent difficulty controlling her temper with both employees and customers and is widely considered rude. Others who have failed to see the rudeness often comment about how "fake" she acts, but that is a subjective trait. Luckily, this instability is not mirrored by Mr. Bechtol who is generally reasonable. The most distinct areas of failure to engage appropriately with employees are: employee treatment, and employee pay. Treatment of employees is generally neutral to poor depending upon the manager's mood. Good work is ignored, and poor work is severely penalized (through official sanctions, verbal persecution, or cut hours). Occasionally, yelling matches between management and employees will be heard throughout the store, calling into question the professionalism of the entire company. Employee pay is the final area of this company's failure. Cashier's (at one time), received less than minimum wage for a "Probationary Period" the duration of which is unknown to this reviewer. After which time, the management could choose to keep the employee at minimum wage, or terminate employment. This practice was a loophole in the minimum wage law (apparently, else they were simply doing it illegally, which I find unlikely) that allowed the owners to pay a virtual slave wage to the employees. It is believed that, aside from management, the normal hourly employees enjoyed the benefit of minimum wage. Employee wage is inconsistent with product pricing which would indicate the owners ability to compensate employees more fairly for their work.

In summary, the company survives due to location and the demographics of the population of the south side of Wabash. As the City of Wabash continues to shrink, and the elderly population of the south side is replaced by younger generations, the success of this company is likely to decline.

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We will not be shopping at this store anymore. The store left an ad sign up and when we went to purchase the milk at the instore advertising price, they refused. Apparently it was the owner who refused this.

We also have had multiple issues with meat rotting soon after purchase.

Bye Bechtols.

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★☆☆☆☆

We will not be shopping at this store anymore. The store left an ad sign up and when we went to purchase the milk at the instore advertising price, they refused. Apparently it was the owner who refused this.

We also have had multiple issues with meat rotting soon after purchase.

Bye Bechtols.

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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My family has shopped at the Bechtol location since it was owned by the Clark family. Mike and Ann Bechtol have strived to make it a store their customers want. They always try to find and stock items we can't find elsewhere and their products are always top quality. The store is clean, and the employees are friendly and helpful. Being an independent grocery, their prices may be a little higher than at the big chain stores, but each week they run exceptional specials which makes them very competitive. I applaud them for their personal service to their customers, many of which they know by name. Their location makes them much more accessible to the residents on the south side of town, and it would be very difficult for many of their senior citizen regulars to travel across town to shop in the big stores. It is a convenience Wabash can't afford to lose! Keep up the good work Bechtol's!

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★★★★★

My family has shopped at the Bechtol location since it was owned by the Clark family. Mike and Ann Bechtol have strived to make it a store their customers want. They always try to find and stock items we can't find elsewhere and their products are always top quality. The store is clean, and the employees are friendly and helpful. Being an independent grocery, their prices may be a little higher than at the big chain stores, but each week they run exceptional specials which makes them very competitive. I applaud them for their personal service to their customers, many of which they know by name. Their location makes them much more accessible to the residents on the south side of town, and it would be very difficult for many of their senior citizen regulars to travel across town to shop in the big stores. It is a convenience Wabash can't afford to lose! Keep up the good work Bechtol's!

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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I shop at Bechtol's occasionally. They have a very tidy store, someone is always straightening the shelves. If I were to buy all my groceries there I might spend a bit more than Wal-Mart but If I shop the sales I save a lot there. They have a great wine selection and nicely packaged produce also. Lets support local businesses and give Wal-Mart a bit less business. We once had many locally owned businesses, before the local Wal-Mart came to town!

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★★★★☆

I shop at Bechtol's occasionally. They have a very tidy store, someone is always straightening the shelves. If I were to buy all my groceries there I might spend a bit more than Wal-Mart but If I shop the sales I save a lot there. They have a great wine selection and nicely packaged produce also. Lets support local businesses and give Wal-Mart a bit less business. We once had many locally owned businesses, before the local Wal-Mart came to town!

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Very expensive, even working there it is not possible for even a single person to feed themselves off of their prices, milk on sale is still a dollar more expensive than Walmart or Kroger. Meats and cheeses are normally expensive so where they could they jacked the prices up even more there. Pastas and salads were quite expensive as well. The owners care only for themselves and the money they make. Very dirty. They are very organized however. Shelves and displays always look nice. They have a decent selection on some items and a not so good selection on others. Overall this is not a place to go if you have bills or children, or if you are single for that matter. This local grocery company is for the thick wallet.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very expensive, even working there it is not possible for even a single person to feed themselves off of their prices, milk on sale is still a dollar more expensive than Walmart or Kroger. Meats and cheeses are normally expensive so where they could they jacked the prices up even more there. Pastas and salads were quite expensive as well. The owners care only for themselves and the money they make. Very dirty. They are very organized however. Shelves and displays always look nice. They have a decent selection on some items and a not so good selection on others. Overall this is not a place to go if you have bills or children, or if you are single for that matter. This local grocery company is for the thick wallet.

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Bechtols took over where Clarks left off when they closed years ago. Mike and his employees are friendly, honest, and customer focused. They have an employee dress code, too. The guys still wear ties. I'm not sure where Carlos S. gets off saying their prices are expensive. He must eat a lot of WalMart pickles and other items they dump on consumers for a loss. Across the board, Bechtols prices are within a few cents of what you'd pay anywhere else in town. But who else supports local products? Nobody.

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★★★★★

Bechtols took over where Clarks left off when they closed years ago. Mike and his employees are friendly, honest, and customer focused. They have an employee dress code, too. The guys still wear ties. I'm not sure where Carlos S. gets off saying their prices are expensive. He must eat a lot of WalMart pickles and other items they dump on consumers for a loss. Across the board, Bechtols prices are within a few cents of what you'd pay anywhere else in town. But who else supports local products? Nobody.

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Wabash's only locally owned grocery. A nice change from the Kroger and Wally World. Service and quality are king. They carry your groceries to your car without having to ask. Prices are average for the area with some great bargains with their weekly specials and often have some very good prices for table wine. You don't have to mess with any loyalty cards or other nonsense with these guys. Everybody gets the sale prices with no hassle. They also feature produce from local farmers and other locally produced products like Old Canal Coffee which is roasted in Wabash. Easy access from the south side of town but worth the drive from the north side too.

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★★★★★

Wabash's only locally owned grocery. A nice change from the Kroger and Wally World. Service and quality are king. They carry your groceries to your car without having to ask. Prices are average for the area with some great bargains with their weekly specials and often have some very good prices for table wine. You don't have to mess with any loyalty cards or other nonsense with these guys. Everybody gets the sale prices with no hassle. They also feature produce from local farmers and other locally produced products like Old Canal Coffee which is roasted in Wabash. Easy access from the south side of town but worth the drive from the north side too.

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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I shop at Bechtol's because it's clean, neat, affordable, small and full of interesting items. I have always been treated with kindness and respect. I love their specials every week and I look forward to seeing the same friendly faces working there when I shop. I hate going to the huge Walmart. I don't want my fertilizer and produce on the same checkout belt. I think Walmart could be cross contaminating customer's food with household products. I trust Bechtol's and I always will.

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★★★★★

I shop at Bechtol's because it's clean, neat, affordable, small and full of interesting items. I have always been treated with kindness and respect. I love their specials every week and I look forward to seeing the same friendly faces working there when I shop. I hate going to the huge Walmart. I don't want my fertilizer and produce on the same checkout belt. I think Walmart could be cross contaminating customer's food with household products. I trust Bechtol's and I always will.

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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I cannot believe the prices! They are so expensive! Being of Latin heritage I am somewhat used to people being rude to me, so I didn't notice any difference in treatment there. I did notice that if I shopped there I wouldn't be able to afford to feed my family.

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★☆☆☆☆

I cannot believe the prices! They are so expensive! Being of Latin heritage I am somewhat used to people being rude to me, so I didn't notice any difference in treatment there. I did notice that if I shopped there I wouldn't be able to afford to feed my family.

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6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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In comparing Bechtol's to other grocery stores in Wabash, Bechtol's is by far the best!! They are a family owned business and treat all their customers as family. The quality of meat and fresh vegetables that they carry are excellent! The specials that they run are always greater savings than the other stores. I live across town and will always take the extra time and gas to shop at Bechtol's. I wish them the best of luck in the future!

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★★★★☆

In comparing Bechtol's to other grocery stores in Wabash, Bechtol's is by far the best!! They are a family owned business and treat all their customers as family. The quality of meat and fresh vegetables that they carry are excellent! The specials that they run are always greater savings than the other stores. I live across town and will always take the extra time and gas to shop at Bechtol's. I wish them the best of luck in the future!

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