I'm sorry to say it, but Kovacs is indeed more expensive than other grocery stores in St. Joseph, and is the only real grocery option in this part of town. Their meat department is alright, but the produce department could use some improvement (I wish they would offer local vegetables and fruits and more organically grown options!). In general they do not have the biggest selection and are not open as many hours as the bigger chain grocery stores are, but I suppose that is to be expected of a locally owned grocery store. I have never had problems with expired food from Kovacs, and it is generally clean, has a friendly staff, and has the only store in town that will bag your groceries and even carry them to your car for you. That is why when I need a quick trip to the store during the hours that Kovacs is open, I will often go down there for the convenience and service. If I want to do a "big shop" however, I will go to one of the stores that will save me more money (even if I have to carry the groceries out to my car on my own!).