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  1. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    I wanted to see which grocery stores are your favorites in your area.

    The one that I shop in the most is Publix but sometimes I go to the Wal-mart Neighborhood Market since it is the closest to my home or I go to Save-A-Lot when I am near my parent's home.
    Jun 28, 2009
  2. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    I only have Safeway, locally, so there really isn't a choice. I like Safeway but I find they do take adventage of the monopoly. I could drive 30-45 minutes into Prescott and shop at Frys, my favorite, but it's hard with three little ones.
  3. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    I love Publix's Buy 1 Get 1 deals. I often go to Kroger because it's the closest. I use Southern Savers to find the best deals.
    Jun 28, 2009
  4. BettieC

    BettieC Member Gold Member

    I'm fortunate to have a ton of SM to choose from in my area.

    Stop & Shop
    Whole Foods
    Trader Joe's
    Food Basics
    Super Supermarket
    also BJ's/Costco's & Sams Club
    We also have alot of ethnic type stores Hispanic, Asain, Indian & MiddleEastern

    My faves are Shoprite & Trader Joe's
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2009
    Jun 28, 2009
  5. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Around here, everyone keeps their personal life pretty much secret.

    National chains have never done very well in this market, for years, the grocery market here was dominated by Kohl's (as in Senator Kohl.) Kroger and A&P tried to break in here but were pushed out.

    Today, Kohl's is gone (driven out of business by the other chains) and probably the largest chain here is Roundy's, that operates under the name Pick 'n' Save. (Roundy's is a regional retailer that operates in the Midwest under the names Pick 'n' Save, Rainbow Foods and Copps. When Jewel pulled out of the market, Roundy's bought the remaining operations and either re-badged them as Pick 'n' Save or closed them.

    We have one Trader Joe's, Woodman's opened one location on the far south side and Wally World. We also have a local chain, Sendik's, that has expanded from one store to several locations.

    That said, I do 85% of my shopping at Wally World, 10% at Pick 'n' Save and 5% at Trader Joe's.
  6. BettieC

    BettieC Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2009
  7. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    Around here we have more local grocery stores but I prefer WalMart because it's cheapest. That and Fareway (local) has the best meat around.
    Jun 28, 2009
  8. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    The Top 25 Retail Grocers

    The Top 25 Grocery Retailers in the United States
    Key: Corporation (Number of Locations) Operating Names

    1. Wal-Mart (2,765) Wal-Mart SuperCenter
    2. Kroger (2,480) Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer
    3. Safway (1,507) Safeway, Vons, Tom Thumb Safeway
    4. Supervalu (1,594) Save-A-Lot, Albertsons, Shaw's/Star Market
    5. Ahold USA (704) Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover, Giant-Carlisle
    6. Publix (1,001) Publix, Publix GreenWise
    7. Dehaize America (1,606) Food Lion, Hannaford, Sweetbay
    8. H.E. Butt Grocery (278) HEB, HEB Plus, HEB Central Market
    9. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (418) Pathmark, SuperFresh, Waldbaum's
    10. Meijer (185) Meijer
    11. Winn-Dixie (521) Winn-Dixie, SaveRite
    12. Whole Foods Market (269) Whole Foods, Wild Oats
    13. Target (239) SuperTarget Center
    14. Trader Joe's (311) Trader Joe's
    15. Giant Eagle (171) Giant Eagle
    16. Save Mart (245) Save Mart, Lucky Store/Save Mart, S Mart
    17. Albertson's, LLC (257) Albertson's, Super Saver Store, Grocery Warehouse
    18. Military (176) DeCA Commissary
    19. Hy-Vee (200) Hy-Vee
    20. Wegemans Food Markets (72) Wegmans
    21. Ruddick (179) Harris Teeter
    22. Aldi (984) Aldi's
    23. Roundy's (152) Pick 'n' Save, Rainbow Foods, Rainbow Fresh, Copps
    24. Stater Brothers (165) Stater Bros.
    25. Price Chopper/Golub (117) Price Chopper/Golub

    Source: Progressive Grocer
  9. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

    We only have two choices ..Wal-mart and Dillon's (which is now part of the Kroger chain) They were founded here and a lot of their HQ's are here in Hutchinson (the "big town" near where I live) I HATE going to Wally-World, so Dillon's get the lion's share of my business.
    Jun 28, 2009
  10. PamperChefCarol

    PamperChefCarol Veteran Member

    Am a total Meijer head. I don't believe are national, but just celebrated their 75th anniversary this past weekend. I should know, I worked a free hot dog lunch demo at one of the stores and served 500 hot dogs!

    We also have Krogers here in Michigan, but I never seem to have my key tag so get the higher prices. Just found out that I can input my phone and make it work, but just find it easier to go to Meijer. They have everything, and people say you could almost build a house with the items Meijer sells.

    Don't shop at Wal-Mart, but sometimes Trader Joes. Love Whole Foods, but I am on a budget!
  11. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Meijer, as you can see from my list above is a large grocery retailer but is strictly regional - for now. I've seen Meijer as far west as Dyersville and other locations in Indiana and (if memory serves me) as far east as Toledo, but most of their locations are in Michigan. They're in Illinois and Kentucky but I've never been to those stores.

    You're right about building a house from Meijer - when someone says "Big box store" that's the first place that comes to mind!
  12. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    We have Lowes Food, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Super Target, and Food Lion around here. I go to Lowes Food the most, Food Lion is my closest if I need something quick, Harris-Teeter when they do Triple Coupons (about once a qtr), and Walmart when I'm really budget conscious. We also get a few things from Whole Foods or Earthfare (organic items we can't get at the other stores).

    I usually by my meat from local farmers, and eggs when I can.
    Jun 28, 2009
  13. Fluffy215

    Fluffy215 Member Gold Member

    What do you call local? To me anything within 15 miles is local. With that being said we have a Shaw's, Stop N Shop, Hannafords, Market Basket, Trader Joe's, and Super Walmart. But in my own town there is only 2 Shaw's LOL And funny thing is they are only about 3 or 4 miles apart from each other LOL I got the best deal yesterday at Shaw's because of coupons LOL I bought 5 Twelve packs of Vault Soda, 2 Hillshire Farm Polish Sausage Links, and 2 pounds of 41-50 count cooked shrimp for a grand total of $.19 :) Yes that's nineteen cents :)
    Jun 28, 2009
  14. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    I'm with Sandy. Local is a relative term when you live in the geographical center of nowhere. ;)

    I usually do my grocery shipping at Kroger and Save-A-Lot. For a quick item or two I'll go to Hagans, the little independent grocery nearby. If I'm in the next town over, I prefer Martins. If I'm lucky enough to be in Indianapolis, I'll go to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and/or Fresh Market. (I go to Fresh Market whenever possible, since they have fantastic queen-size olives stuffed with provolone cheese.)

    If I'm in the Cincinnati area, I make sure to stop in at Jungle Jim's. It's like a grocery store/amusement park.
    Jun 28, 2009
  15. caraighan

    caraighan Member Gold Member

    Of any of the ones mentioned so far, the ONLY one available in my town is Wal-Mart. :( We also have a Food Lion and the locally owned grocery is Houchens. I usually go to Wal-Mart for most large shopping. If I just have to pick up a couple of things I go to Houchens because it's less than 1/2 mile away.

    If I drive about 35 miles to the next big town, I have a few other choices... Krogers, Sam's... I think that's it actually...

    If I had my choice and didn't have to drive 35 miles to it, I guess I would shop at Krogers and Sams.
    Jun 28, 2009
  16. KaryCam

    KaryCam Member Gold Member


    In my little town there are 3 Publix, a Walmart Super Center, and a Winn Dixie towards the outside of town.

    I go to Publix only for their sales and Buy 1 get 1.
    Otherwise I go to Walmart.
    Jun 28, 2009
  17. PCMomto4

    PCMomto4 Member

    In my town, which isn't that big we have Wal-Mart, Sweetbay, Albertson's and 4 Publix's. I shop at Publix, its clean, they are nice and I can always find what I am looking for.
    I know that Wal-Mart would be cheaper but my sanity is worth more than what I would save by shopping there. I don't know if it is just our Wal-Mart, but they are always moving things, no one who works there knows anything and are extremely rude, plus you have to wait 30 mins to check out.
    Jun 28, 2009
  18. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

    Love Market Basket!!!

    Used to love shaws then they did a Huge expansion 15 yrs ago and prices shot up. Still like the variety but kinda spendy. (FYI... I haven't lived in NH for 13 years so my opinion may not be exactly accurate! lol) GOOD JOB with the coupons!

    Here in MN within 30 miles I have:
    Wally World
    Super Target
    Cub Foods

    Bolded are MN or Mid west companies
    Coborns is here in town, the rest I have to drive 25-30 miles for.
    LOVE Aldi's
    Jun 28, 2009
  19. BettieC

    BettieC Member Gold Member

    This is a fun, interesting thread.......to see all the different markets around.

    Am I the only one googling them to see how the stores look, and if there is one near me??? lol
    Jun 28, 2009
  20. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Legacy Member Gold Member

    Central Market (part of the HEB family)
    tom Thumb

    I've been known to go to all 4 in one day
    Jun 28, 2009
  21. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

    My husband and I went to Save-A-Lot today and bought a cart full for $95. He just loves that! It amounts to a week or so worth of groceries for a family of 4. You just can't beat the off-brand prices!
  22. letmepamperu13

    letmepamperu13 Member

    What a fun thread! I bounce between
    #1 Aldi (just got a cartful of food for $40!)
    #2 Wegmans (sometimes I pay a bit more but the ambiance is wonderful! and I can get a coffee to drink from their cafe!)
    #3 Sam's (love their meats!)
    #4 Walmart (go mostly for toiletry items)

    I actually love to grocery shop-I think this has something to do with no children in my home :) My nephew is staying for the week and just shopping for his arrival has been a bit of a wake-up and great birth control~ hee! hee!
  23. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    LOL - I have 3 boys so I understand what you are saying. We go through a gallon of milk in 2 days.
  24. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    I'm a Publix gal. I also love to go to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
  25. KellyCooks

    KellyCooks Novice Member Gold Member

    I have ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, Aldi's, BJs and Walmart within maybe 3 or 4 miles of my house. ShopRite is the closest to me, and I also find that the prices are better (except for maybe Aldi's). The produce is definitely cheaper at ShopRite than at Walmart at least for what I buy.

    When I visit my in-laws in Madison, Wis., I enjoying going to Woodman's. The selection is incredible.

    Jun 28, 2009
  26. ChefMary412

    ChefMary412 Advanced Member

    We have a Wal-Mart near by, too... I go there most because the price is best. I am not always thrilled with the selection or produce.

    I also like Hannahfords and Shaws.
    We do BJ's-Wholesale a lot for meats and chips/crackers/snacks, etc.
    Jun 28, 2009
  27. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Is that all?

    We go through 5-6 gallons per week - it's only the two of us and The Kat Lady hardly drinks any milk. We should have our own cow.
  28. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    Holy COW, that is alot of milk! Har, har!!!
  29. Gina M

    Gina M Veteran Member Gold Member

    I'm right there with you KG - my family of 5 can easily go through 5-6 gallons a week - we are total milk freaks - eat a ton of cereal and drink milk at every meal. I wish sometimes there was a cow in the backyard!

    We have a ton of places to shop at around here


    Just to name a few - and they are all within 5-10 minutes of my house - I love the suburbs!
    Jun 28, 2009
  30. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    If my milk supply dried up, it would be udder disaster.
  31. caraighan

    caraighan Member Gold Member

    I forgot about Save-A-Lot. We have one and there's one in the (even-smaller) town where I work, 22 miles away from where I live. They also have a Dollar General Market that I like to shop at and a CB Food Stores (I think they were bought by IGA recently). I like to buy my meat at the CB store.

    The town where I live is about 16,000 population or so (at least the last time I heard) and where I work is about 1,400.
    Jun 29, 2009
  32. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

    My husband works for Save-Mart (#16!!! - impressive since it's not a national chain). We shop there or at Raley's (also a locally owned chain) because it's down the street. Our Target's and WalMart's are largely not the grocery-inclusive ones, so they are not competitive with full-service grocery.

    We do shop at Publix when we travel to Florida and I think it's pretty comparable to a Save-Mart.

    Oh, and of coure, there's Costco...
    Jun 29, 2009
  33. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

    Usually go to Carnival or Wal-mart. There is a Cardinal about 3 min. from my house, but their prices are usually higher....it is the convenience, though. Also have Save-A-Lot and an Aldi. Meijer is about 35 - 40 min. away. Sometimes, though I just call my mom to see if she has what I need......nothing beats 'shopping' at her house!!! :p
    Jun 29, 2009
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