The Migros (grocery store) in our village is going through major renovations.
They first built a new part of the store. Then they moved everything into this new part, which is approximately 1/4 the size of the old store, and now they are renovating the old part.
When it is done I am certain it will be big and beautiful, yada yada yada.
But until then it will be hell.
The selection is down to the bare minimum, the aisle space is minuscule and nobody (including staff) knows where anything is yet.
Those of you who know me, know that I hate grocery shopping. Before I got married I would shop at 11:00 at night just to avoid having to deal with too many people. Because too many people made me have to stay in the grocery store longer. (God, I miss 24-hour grocery stores!) I survived on cereal, yogurt, peanut butter and hard-boiled eggs because it diminished the amount of time I spent in the grocery store. And the amount of time I had to spend cooking.
And I shopped at a store that never moved things around. This was very important, because I hate it when grocery stores get moved around and I cannot whip through them and get out as quickly as I can.
For now I've moved most of my shopping to the Coop (other major grocery store chain) to avoid the chaos as much as possible.
But there are a few things we can only get from the Migros as the Coop doesn't carry them. Namely, lactose-free milk (with only 1.7% fat, the lowest fat content available), USDA beef ('cause Swiss beef sucks) and cheddar cheese ('cause I don't like the stinky, strong tasting cheese so common in Europe).
On my first couple of trips to the Migros I was still able to find the milk and the beef, but I couldn't locate the cheese. I really, really missed the cheese. Yes, I could find the cheese elsewhere. But who really wants to carry cheese all the way back from Zürich on a train or bus after the convenience of having it only a ten-minute walk away?
However, I am happy to report that today the shelves were slightly more plentiful and my beloved cheddar cheese has returned.
Now I just have to dread November, when the renovations will be completed and everything will be moved again.