Retailers on both coasts launched "Buck a Bag" promotions within weeks of each other, with produce and produce-related items on ad for a dollar.
Vons Cos., Arcadia, Calif., announced the promotion in a circular with a headline reading "Buck a Bag Sale!"
A 5-pound bag of Vons store-label russet potatoes, a 5-pound bag of Vons carrots, a 5-pound bag of brown onions, a 5-pound bag of red grapefruit, a 2-pound bag of salad tomatoes, a three-pack of romaine hearts and a 3-pound bag of McIntosh apples sold for a dollar each.
Other dollar items included a brand-name 2-pound bag of salad mix, a 5-ounce bag of croutons, a 1-pound bag of garlic and a 1-pound bag of sunflower seeds.
Pathmark Stores, Woodbridge, N.J., ran a similar promotion. A 3-pound bag of yellow onions, a six-count bag of lemons, a 2-pound bag of carrots, a 3-pound bag of McIntosh apples and a 1-pound bag of baby peeled carrots were all on sale for $1 each, with no limit.
Besides the baby-peeled carrots, other value-added items on ad for a dollar included a 1-pound bag of broccoli florets, a 1-pound bag of cole slaw and a 10-ounce bag of spinach.
A 4-pound bag of navel oranges retailed for $1, with a one-bag limit. Additional 4-pound bags were $1.99 each.
Produce-related items on special included a 10-ounce bag of roasted peanuts, a 3-ounce bag of apple chips and a 5-ounce package of croutons, all for $1 each.