Seafood shines during holiday weekend

Published on
September 2, 2010

Some U.S. supermarket chains are going all out for Labor Day weekend, promoting salmon for grilling, shrimp platters for gatherings and other seafood suitable for celebrating the country’s unofficial end of summer.

Dorothy Lane Market, a three-store retailers based in Dayton, Ohio, is putting on a coho salmon sidewalk sale outside its three stores from 3 to 5 September. The event — which features seafood specialists grilling the salmon outside — is always popular with the chain’s shoppers, said Jack Gridley, meat and seafood director for Dorothy Lane Market.

“We are bringing in 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of fish for the sale, and we will cut fillets or steaks for shoppers,” said Gridley.

The salmon retails for USD 8.99 a pound and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, one of country’s largest supermarket chains, is running a unique “Gone Wild Seafood Sale” featuring salmon, cod, tuna, king crab legs, lobster and other seafood items. Its fresh Alaska coho salmon is selling for USD 6.99 a pound, while its Chefs Net sea scallops are also retailing for USD 6.99 a pound.

Pleasanton, Calif.-based, another big supermarket chain, is highlighting extra large red king crab legs on the front page of its circular for USD 9.99 a pound. The retailer also has fresh coho salmon fillets on special for USD 8.99 a pound and is selling 31-40 raw shrimp for USD 5.99 a pound.

Several supermarket chains are also marketing raw shrimp and cooked shrimp trays for get-togethers. Giant Eagle, a chain of 222 stores based in Pittsburgh, is promoting uncooked, peeled and deveined shrimp on the front page of its newspaper circular for USD 4.99 a pound. Fresh farmed Atlantic salmon from Canada is also on special for the holiday weekend, at USD 7.99 a pound.

Whole Foods Market, the natural-foods chain based in Austin, Texas, is also promoting shrimp. Its farmed 31-40 cooked shrimp is on special for USD 6.99 a pound, and wild 26-30 P&D Gulf shrimp is on ad for USD 12.99 a pound.

In a unique shrimp promotion, Quality Food Centers in Bellevue, Wash., is featuring previously frozen jumbo cooked prawns at “10 for USD 10.” The retailer is also highlighting lobster tails for USD 9.99 each and red king crab legs for USD 12.99 a pound.

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