The local grocery store is hoping to give families a break

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – It may be harder than ever for some families to put food on the table right now.

According to the consumer price index, food prices are at a four-decade high. Groceries now cost 12.2% more than a year ago.

Tony Preiss, a manager at Weaver Street Market in downtown Raleigh, said they are aware of soaring prices: “I don’t care what you earn or how big your family is – it’s a problem for everyone, and we understand that.”

Preiss said their co-op business focuses on finding local producers, suppliers and farmers, which has helped them lower their costs and find groceries that may be hard to find in other stores.

“In our position as a cooperative, we have some advantages when we find stuff that’s made and produced here,” said Preiss.

They are allowed to offer competitively priced and sometimes cheaper options for quality food — especially produce.

Recently they offered some sale prices on products including peaches.

Store employees said they hope to raise people’s dollar by offering the best quality at a comparable price while supporting local businesses.

CBS17 News has reached out to fellow local grocery store workers, who said it’s become difficult to find items that haven’t increased in price.

Food Lion employees in Cary said they’ve also tried to lower their prices where possible, including delaying a price increase on eggs in particular.

Preiss said shoppers can save some extra money by focusing on buying dry bulk items, avoiding prepackaged groceries and choosing their house brands, which often sell at a cheaper price.

Preiss said it’s important to give families a break now, adding: “It can’t be stressed enough. Families come in all shapes, shapes, sizes and varieties and I don’t know of one who doesn’t appreciate value for money when they can find it.” The local grocery store is hoping to give families a break

Dais Johnston

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