UPDATE (07/06/2008): Krapples are now $2.29/pound (compare to Giant Eagle with $1.99/pound). Milk is $3.49/gallon (compare to Giant Eagle with $3.19/gallon).
UPDATE: Meijer also $1.49 per pound apples. I think it's safe to shorten "Kroger apple" to "Krapple." I've e-mailed Kroger, and I've requested that the Attorney General investigate.
The Kroger grocery stores around me usually have red delicious apples (i.e., #4016) for $1.69 per pound. That's not too bad. However, for a long time (at least a month) they have been selling those apples for $2.29 per pound. I'm sure that this has something to do with the damage to the apple crop from the big frost over the winter. In fact, I think that the other types of apples have gone up in price too.
However, I don't think that I've seen prices THAT high at other big stores.
In fact, I know that Sunflower Market (SM), a certified organic store where prices are expected to be higher, has been selling organic red delicious apples (i.e., #94016) for $1.29 per pound! And the rest of their apples sell for around that price too (in fact, SM has pretty decent prices for the stuff they have there; it seems to be a quality store).
So what's going on at Kroger? Why the highway robbery?