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Your Favorite Grocery Store(s)?  
User currently offlinepanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

Inspired by the 'TJ's Coming to Austin' thread, it's a topic that comes up now and again on here. Time for a revisit.

I live in an area that fortunately has decent stores around, but the cherry on top is Wegman's. One of their flagship stores is my local store, and it's absolutely incredible. Selection, price, cleanliness and all of that good stuff.
I liked Whole Foods enough when I was living elsewhere, but it seems sort of 'meh' compared to some other stores like Zupan's in PDX and the like.

So what about you guys? What's your favorite store?

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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Quoting panam330 (Thread starter):

So what about you guys? What's your favorite store?


Wal-Mart!! just can't beat the prices and selection plus my 21 year old cousin works there and uses her employee discount for me...



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5475 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

Some of mine: In no particular order:

Wegmans
Trader Joes
Whole Paycheck    Whole Foods
Super Wal Mart

Worst:
Acme
Super Fresh (A & P Bodega)
Kash and Karry



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User currently offlineSeabiscuit From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

My favorite is whole foods and sprouts. On the other hand, I still like going to the walmart to pickup the gatoraid and large bulk items. I do not go very often to trader joes because no store exists around where i live. When I do get the chance to visit the store it feels like a home town store..


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User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3658 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

In the US that I have been to so far ...
Central Market (anyone in the US)
Metropolitan Market (Seattle)
Whole Foods (Austin 6th St Flagship and Houston-Montrose)

Internationally ...
Le Grande Epicerie in Le Bon Marche (Paris)
Borough Market (London)
ShoeMart (Metro Manila)
Eataly (Torino)



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User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

Walmart.
Local bent & dent grocery stores.

(Has anyone figured out yet that low price is the one-and-only requirement to make my list?   )

-TLG


User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

I hate the traditional Twin Cities grocery stores because their prices are quite high and they still make you bag your own groceries. I usually shop at SuperTarget, Aldi, Lund's and Trader Joe's instead. I grew up in Western New York and will always have a special place in my heart for Wegman's...

User currently offlinewunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

Has to be Thomas Dux. Its an upmarket Woolworths, but has gorgeous things in it.

www.thomasdux.com.au


User currently offlineAirontario From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

In my town we have most of the major Toronto area chains: Metro, Loblaws, Longos, Wal-Mart, etc. If I had to choose a chain I'd go with Longos. It has a good selection with out being too big (*cough* Loblaws and Wal-Mart). However I prefer a local independent grocery called Foodport. The selection isn't as big, but it had what I typically need, it's closer to my house and I can get in and out in no time.

User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17322 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

You have not lived until you have experienced Central Market. It is heaven on earth. Most other supermarkets could fit in their produce section.


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

In no particular order:

Sunflower Farmer's Market a small (35 stores) chain of stores in the southwest. I can walk to one in 5 minutes from my place. Really good produce department and meat/butcher case. A decent emphasis on organic produce and free-range/natural meats. They also make a ton of sausages in house.


Trader Joe's for reasons I already outlined in the other thread.



Places I don't like:

Walmart. No matter which store, no matter which part of town it is always a less than pleasant shopping experience. I've never found their grocery section to be all that great and before they aggressively rolled out their own house brand stuff wasn't all that cheap without generic alternatives.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 9):
You have not lived until you have experienced Central Market. It is heaven on earth. Most other supermarkets could fit in their produce section.

I looked them up and it looks interesting, I just can't wrap my mind around a big box grocery store. I would think its sheer size would work against them.


I never really got all the love for Wegman's. Maybe because the one I would occasionally go to was an older store (the one on Rt31 in Clay, NY for those playing at home). It was clean and had good selection, but it didn't blow my mind.



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User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3658 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 10):
I looked them up and it looks interesting, I just can't wrap my mind around a big box grocery store. I would think its sheer size would work against them.

Surprisingly no, however there's probably no plans to expand anywhere else in Texas. It's owned by parent company HEB and represents the upper scale market for foodies. As MaverickM11 points out, they have huge produce sections that rival Trader Joe's and Whole Foods where you can get both locally grown organic products as well as items imported from overseas. Another nice feature Central Market has is a large prepared foods sections done on site. The bakery is always active; the cooking kitchens are preparing items for the Chef's Case and for catering; the charcuterie, deli, and condiments are full of fresh stuff; and the Chef's case is rather appetizing.

Here in Houston, they did jump on the food truck bandwagon and one of the guys that I used to work with on another food truck is now working on it, despite I see it sitting often in front of the store not being used.



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5412 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

Favorite Grocery Stores:
Vons
Trader Joe's
Costco

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 10):
Walmart. No matter which store, no matter which part of town it is always a less than pleasant shopping experience. I've never found their grocery section to be all that great and before they aggressively rolled out their own house brand stuff wasn't all that cheap without generic alternatives.

  
Many people here seem to love WalMart but I just don't get that. The times I have been there, there selection is limited, the quality is not there, and the pricing is just not that good compared to where I normally shop (which always surprised me the most).

Tugg



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1206 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

An excellent place in Florida, Georgia and a few other states: Publix. Prices are average, but the selection is good, quality is good, and most of all, the stores are big, bright, and open. Not dark, low ceilings, and depressing.


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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17322 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 13):
Not dark, low ceilings, and depressing.

The one I grew up next to was all that and more. Unfortunately that was the closest market but I did see other Publix stores that were much nicer--plus it's supposed to be an excellent place to work



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7105 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 12):
Costco

Always great for large buys

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 13):
An excellent place in Florida, Georgia and a few other states: Publix. Prices are average, but the selection is good, quality is good, and most of all, the stores are big, bright, and open. Not dark, low ceilings, and depressing.

Right here. Great store.



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11511 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 4):
Metropolitan Market

I went to the one on Queen Anne one time and it was awful! The people were rude and everything was way over priced. Even the bakery was meh. I can't remember the name of the market at the bottom of the hill on Queen Anne Ave and Mercer but it is much better.

QFC is great. There are none here in the Bay Area. The one chain I like around here is Olivers. They always have 8 type of soup and salad bar and hot food. The people are great too.



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User currently offlinepanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 10):
I never really got all the love for Wegman's. Maybe because the one I would occasionally go to was an older store (the one on Rt31 in Clay, NY for those playing at home). It was clean and had good selection, but it didn't blow my mind.

The Clay store is a little bit older, and shows its age even now after some renovations. My local one is the behemoth DeWitt store - crazy large, but relatively new.

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 13):
An excellent place in Florida, Georgia and a few other states: Publix.

Had a great one near my apartment in Port Orange when I lived in FL for college. Great store, but expensive (as are most stores in Florida) compared to upstate NY.


User currently offlinejcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

Favorite:
Central Market
Stew Leonard's
Wegman's
Target
Publix

Least Favorite:
Waldbaum's
King Kullen
Tom Thumb
The nasty supermarkets in So-Cal.



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5475 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Quoting jcs17 (Reply 18):
Least Favorite:
Waldbaum's
King Kullen
Tom Thumb
The nasty supermarkets in So-Cal.

Interesting things about Waldbaums. First it's under the Super Fresh (formerly A&P) company. However at least in the NYC area back in the 90's it had a lot of good ethnic food (Jewish and other nationalities). Otherwise I'd have rated it average.



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User currently offlineflightmedic72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1087 times:

AJ's in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
Always my last stop on the way to the airport for traveling food and airplane snacks!


User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

My favorite grocery store Pavilions, the store is organized and clean and the prices are not bad. My non regular grocery stores also include Target and Costco.


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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1300 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

If we're talking chains:

In Belgium and France: Carrefour
In Germany: Edeka
In Denmark: Irma

But on the whole I prefer doing my shopping in smaller shops, going to the local butchers for meat, getting the veggies from the market, fish from the fishmonger, wine from the wineries and so forth. The boring stuff I leave to the wife to sort out  



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4349 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 924 times:

Publix is great.



Prices in Wal Mart are good but that is a very depressing place to shop.



Whenever I go there I think 'is this what my life has come down to ?



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 919 times:

For me:

Costco
Trader Joes
Basha's (Arizona)
Thriftway (Washington State)
King Soopers (Colorado)
Albertson's
Target.....kinda....

Quoting flightmedic72 (Reply 20):
AJ's in Phoenix/Scottsdale.

Ick! They are trying to be like Whole "Paycheck" type store.



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25 homer71 : In Texas, H-E-B and its Central Market spin-off (great store, plus they gave me a scholarship for college while working for them)
26 KGRB : Why? Their prices are not that good, the selection is poor, and since they've been closing stores left-and-right, it's hard to find one. In Arizona,
27 CompensateMe : The quality of Walmart's fresh foods is questionable. I once bought a package of strawberries and nearly six weeks later it still looked great to eat
28 AirframeAS : Your opinion, but I like their customer service and their milk rewards program. Their deli is decent, IMO. Fry's is expensive. They are similar to Sa
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