Mollie Stone's Tower Market is a full-service market that features custom butcher service, and offers a wide variety of ... More
Mollie Stone's Tower Market
Mollie Stone's Tower Market is a full-service market that features custom butcher service, and offers a wide variety of specialty items, including healthy and imported foods. The Viglizzo Meat Department will prepare your order of meat, poultry, or fish to your specification and satisfaction. There's also hard-to-find wines, over 200 domestic and imported cheeses, imported olives, oils, and mustards, as well as an expansive variety of soups. Fine cigars, fresh baked breads, and floral arrangements round out the variety of goods to be found here. Check out the noteworthy selection of Mollie Stones brand marinades. Check website for details.
I have shopped at Tower Market for many years and the other ower was great; Molly Stone have improved on a good thing. The selection is great and store staff very helpful. It is wonderful to have this market in my community.
I have shopped at Tower Market every week since 1985. It was the produce, and especially the meat, that kept me coming back. Since it was purchased by Molly Stone's, it is only the meat dept. I can still find the grocery products, but I find the produce is on the shelf longer that it should be, and the "organic" selection is from a mega-farm. I get most of my produce from the Noe Valley Farmer's Market now. The grocery selection is fine. Recently I compared grocery prices to Bell Market in Noe Valley, and in many cases, Bell was $.20-.70 higer, e.g., Clover Milk is $.20 more per half gallon. However, when Tower is higher, it's MUCH higher, almost $1.00 on my favorite brand of cookies and $1.00 on Orrowheat English Muffins. I imagine it balances out. Many of my favorite clerks (including Mary) are still there, so that is good. But if the meat department tanks, that's it for me.
When the Tower Market was owned by the Viglizzio family, the quality was much, much higher. Now, as a Molly Stone, the quality of the produce and even the meats/fish is much worse. As a resident in the area, I'm very disappointed.
Molly Stone's recently purchased Tower Market, but nothing has changed, thankfully. This little full-service grocery store has the best meat market in San Francisco, with the most knowledgable and friendly butchers imaginable. Service like this just doesn't exist anywhere else anymore. I've been shopping at Tower Market for 20 years, and it's still the best.
I've read through other reviews of Tower Market and can't believe the responses. The meat market is the most helpful one I've found so far in the area, with the best variety and quality. The people working in the store have been 100% helpful. The store is small and usually crowded, so if you are the impatient type, avoid it at busy hours. But don't blam the store for your temper! The only problem I have with their store is product placement - it can be hard to figure out where some things are kept.
There are not a whole lot of grocery stores and butcher shops of this high quality left.. It's a fine small store with many items not usually found elsewhere. I hope they prosper and stay competitive with the mega-stores.
beware of clerk Mary & angry drivers trying to park!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 11/13/04
my 4-year old daughter and i were *flipped off* by a woman driver who thought she was somehow entitled to our parking spot!
and....a clerk named "mary" wouldn't let me (a very friendly regular customer) write a check out without showing my ID (left my wallet at home)..i've written many checks there and they know me....this clerk didn't offer to bag my groceries and hold them but just looked at me blindly and kept stating, no ID, no groceries, sorry...no ID no groceries, sorry...." so i left.
when i called in to complain and to let them know that my husband will come pick up the groceries, they said that *I* should have complained right in the store and asked for management...
don't know about anyone else, but when i'm told a FEW times, "no ID, no groceries" and feel like i'm holding up the line and am not offered *ANY* options, i leave the premises.
i want to say i'll never shop there again but it's on my way home and they have certain groceries i need....
what's up people? a little friendliness, common sense and courtesy isn't hard...at least not for me...if you are looking for a nice experience, don't shop here unless it's nowhere near rush hour...
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