Kowalski’s seems to have everything you could ask for in a grocery store: good location, gourmet items, open late, but I’m routinely disappointed by this upscale grocer.
Kowalski’s grand avenue location is ideal, but its prices are high and its selection is poor. The store doesn’t stock nearly as many items as Highland’s Lunds, and its prices are generally higher.
The exterior and interior of the store reveal the truth about Kowalski’s. It is a suburban grocery store trapped in an urban setting. Like so many suburban homes, Kowalski’s is clad in facing brick and false architectural details. The interior looks like some 80s housewife’s dream kitchen.
The store is always cold, and the checkout lane is baffling. There is no place to put your groceries if you didn’t use a cart. You are forced to hand your groceries to the clerk who more often than not is an incoherent teenager.