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2013-02-17 03:01:07 PM
Murder Kroger

Or any Piggly Wiggly
 
2013-02-17 03:08:14 PM
Any grocery store with aisles that go the wrong way.  I cannot shop like that.
 
2013-02-17 03:21:29 PM
pics3.city-data.com

We have these in Houston. The prices are low, but I shouldn't have to fight packs of stray dogs in the meat aisle.
 
2013-02-17 03:29:52 PM
Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2013-02-17 03:42:50 PM
I once reached up on the top shelf and picked up a package of Berger's cookies at the Shop-n-Save in Millersville MD.  As I walked around pushing the cart the cookies looked funny.  I initially thought it was the way the lights were hitting the package.  Then I took a good look and the entire package was filled with white mold.  The expiration date was in the prior year.

I took the package to the customer service desk and the guy just took the package from my hand looked at it and threw it in the trash.  He didn't say sorry or anything else.  Weird.
 
2013-02-17 03:48:04 PM
Deslided.

Of those 12, I've been to two of them in the past decade.  The Ralphs stores I used to go to were fine.  Nothing exceptional, but they were clean and had about the same prices as Albertsons or any of the other grocery chains.

Tops on the other hand deserves to be on this list.  I have no idea how they survive in the same markets as Wegmans.
 
2013-02-17 03:57:57 PM
Ralphs?

The Dude does not abide.
 
2013-02-17 04:10:56 PM
Fiesta demands a recount
 
2013-02-17 04:13:44 PM
Deslided On The Right. Fark slideshows.
 
2013-02-17 04:22:32 PM
Ralphs? WTF?? There are 4 within a few miles of my humble abode, and they are pretty decent (the Encino location is particularly awesome). Much better than Vons and Albertsons.

Jons and Superior are quite sucky, though.
 
2013-02-17 04:26:55 PM

davidphogan: Deslided.


*tiny fist shake*

Hard to believe A&P is on the list. The ones near the corporate office (in NJ) were some of the cleanest stores ever. Pathmark however, earns their rank, even after the buyout.
 
2013-02-17 04:27:36 PM
No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.

Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.
 
2013-02-17 04:29:57 PM
April 2012

timely find, subby
 
2013-02-17 04:31:40 PM
Survey's idea of "the country" seems kind of tilted.  One nationwide chain and one in SoCal, and all the rest east of the Mississippi, and it's not because there aren't bad grocery stores in the west.  Seriously, a Wisconsin-only chain makes #9 on the list despite being "not terrible?"

/bad sample size is bad
 
2013-02-17 04:34:18 PM
Shaw's in Connecticut. Back in the day I'd stop by the one in New London to pick up dinner ingredients for an old girlfriend of mine, and invariably I'd have to explain to the cashier that the large purple thing I was purchasing was an eggplant. After about the third time I got a blank stare when buying an eggplant, I took to calling it an aubergine just to be a pain in the ass.

The first good that came of being dumped by that girl was that I never had to set foot in that store ever again.
 
2013-02-17 04:39:18 PM
Around here
1. stop&shops are cleanest and best variety, but expensive
2. Shoprites are not as clean, good variety but not as much of what I get, less expensive
3. A&P has 1 smaller store, produce sucks but is a mile away for oops I forgot something
4. Pathmark is horrible haven't been in there forever

HMart is good for asian stuff but is a bit of a trip only go there for special stuff
 
2013-02-17 04:42:43 PM
Food Lion and Weis have had those reputations for a very long time. Weis tried to move up a bit and built a handful of new stores, but the one in Carlisle, PA hasn't changed at all since the early '80s and it shows. Food Lion suffered from bad management (and a expired meat scandal 20 years ago) and apparently still does. Truth be told, I'm surprised they're still open. Giant and Wegman's are always packed.

As far as Wal-Mart goes, they suffer from being Wal-Mart. If you're OK with that they're just fine, otherwise the down votes are typical anti-Wal-Mart votes. Seriously, they don't sell anything objectionable, they're always stocked, and they're always packed, apparently with people who hate them but can't resist the urge to buy there.
 
2013-02-17 05:05:03 PM
A newly-constructed Weis store must have a team of Grease Professionals come in and filthy up the place. You can be the first customer through the door and it looks like it's been open since the McKinley Administration.
 
2013-02-17 05:08:55 PM
It all depends on the age of the store, the store manager, and the amount of investment coming in from corporate. I don't think there are any grocery stores that are horrible across the board just as there are none that are all great.

/ Except maybe Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, of course.
//People buy food at Walmart ?!
 
2013-02-17 05:12:32 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Food Lion and Weis have had those reputations for a very long time. Weis tried to move up a bit and built a handful of new stores, but the one in Carlisle, PA hasn't changed at all since the early '80s and it shows. Food Lion suffered from bad management (and a expired meat scandal 20 years ago) and apparently still does. Truth be told, I'm surprised they're still open. Giant and Wegman's are always packed.

As far as Wal-Mart goes, they suffer from being Wal-Mart. If you're OK with that they're just fine, otherwise the down votes are typical anti-Wal-Mart votes. Seriously, they don't sell anything objectionable, they're always stocked, and they're always packed, apparently with people who hate them but can't resist the urge to buy there.


I find Walmart to be very inconsistent.  They're either really great, really clean and well-lit and well-staffed, or they're hellholes.  And this variance in quality is much greater in Walmart than it is in any other chain: I've never been to a Target that wasn't at least OK,for example.
 
2013-02-17 05:15:17 PM
Everyone needs a Wegman's -- if for no other reason than it sets off an arms race among all local supermarkets and the rising tide lifts all boats out of the muck.
 
2013-02-17 05:18:58 PM
I've realized that we're a bit weird on Long Island with supermarket chains. I don't think I've ever seen a King Kullen or a Waldbaum's anywhere else. Plus we have the specialty Italian supermarkets like Uncle Giuseppe's and Iavarone. We do have Stop & Shop, Pathmark, and Trader Joe's though. And a Whole Foods somewhere.

The one I wish would come here is Wegmans. They've made their way down from Upstate New York to Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, but not here for some reason. There's one near my girlfriend in Jersey and the place is a freaking wonderland.
 
2013-02-17 05:22:12 PM

Shaggy_C: It all depends on the age of the store, the store manager, and the amount of investment coming in from corporate. I don't think there are any grocery stores that are horrible across the board just as there are none that are all great.

/ Except maybe Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, of course.
//People buy food at Walmart ?!


There's a local chain called New Seasons around here that you can pretty much count on to be awesome, but they're a little more expensive than Fred Meyers or Safeway so it might just be a case of you get what you pay for.
 
2013-02-17 05:23:47 PM
The only places listed that I've been to are Ralph's and Walmart. Ralph's seemed fine to me and Walmart isn't heinous, although the produce tends to be past it's prime.

The Safeway in my town, however, is a pit. Small, overcrowded and not particularly clean. Aisles so narrow that two shopping carts can't pass each other. I don't know anyone who likes going there, but there are few other choices. I don't think you can extrapolate to all Safeway locations, though, as I've also been to some nice ones.

No matter the chain, I think it comes down to the age of the store and how diligent the staff and management are about keeping it up. Also, stores in upscale neighborhoods tend to be nicer than those in working class areas.
 
2013-02-17 05:39:54 PM

Gulper Eel: Shaw's in Connecticut. Back in the day I'd stop by the one in New London to pick up dinner ingredients for an old girlfriend of mine, and invariably I'd have to explain to the cashier that the large purple thing I was purchasing was an eggplant. After about the third time I got a blank stare when buying an eggplant, I took to calling it an aubergine just to be a pain in the ass.

The first good that came of being dumped by that girl was that I never had to set foot in that store ever again.


And you didn't have to eat eggplant constantly, either, so there's that.

It also seems like store experiences aren't really chain-wide, so much as store specific.  Around here, A&P is unpleasant because it's usually the most grossly overpriced store.  Stop & Shop is too large and never has enough registers open, despite being more like a grocery mall than a store. And half the customers seem like they're auditioning for a role in a zombie movie, shambling around, looking at the 7000 varieties of bread.  But they're not disgusting or anything.

The only really bad thing I can think of in recent times was one of the Grade A stores (Shop Rite, but under a different name) definitely did not clean out after losing power for 5 days in the hurricane.  They took some things off the shelves, but not nearly enough.  A lot of the frozen stuff was clearly defrosted and re-frozen -- the packages had that soggy look to them.  We actually still haven't bought perishables there because it seems like if they let something that significant go, other things are probably up to par.
 
2013-02-17 05:42:00 PM
Ralph's?  Having spent many years in LA, I've never had a problem with them.

The worst I've seen was when I spent a few years in a central Oregon hick town.  There was a local that would repackage meat with a new date when it expired.  They had a pack of shrimp that had turned an opalescent shade of blue/green that sat in the refrigerator for over two months.  Each time I went in, it would have a new expiration date.

I wasn't the only one who noticed, either.  It was a discussion topic among friends and co-workers.
 
2013-02-17 05:42:52 PM

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: No matter the chain, I think it comes down to the age of the store and how diligent the staff and management are about keeping it up. Also, stores in upscale neighborhoods tend to be nicer than those in working class areas.


Not around here - some of the worst grocery stores I can think of are in Greenwich, but the nicer, cleaner ones are in Stamford.  Then again, maybe the people in Greenwich keep their nice stores a secret so rabble such as myself don't go in. I'm okay with that, though.  They have the worst Stop & Shops I have ever been in over there, though.
 
2013-02-17 05:56:54 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Everyone needs a Wegman's -- if for no other reason than it sets off an arms race among all local supermarkets and the rising tide lifts all boats out of the muck.


I've heard the same thing about Publix.

Unfortunately, the DC/MD/VA area is mostly Safeway and Giant. I also have a Whole Foods nearby and a couple of Targets. WHEN THE HELL IS THE COSTCO IN WHEATON GOING TO OPEN?!

/I really get on a roll when talking about convenience stores
//Wawa could have owned this region, but they let 7-11 just waltz in and take it
 
2013-02-17 06:00:10 PM

serpent_sky: Not around here - some of the worst grocery stores I can think of are in Greenwich, but the nicer, cleaner ones are in Stamford. Then again, maybe the people in Greenwich keep their nice stores a secret so rabble such as myself don't go in. I'm okay with that, though. They have the worst Stop & Shops I have ever been in over there, though.


That's not the case on the left coast. Wealthier people have more opportunity to vote with their dollars, and there are upscale grocery chains that cater to their needs. The upscale stores are more expensive, to be sure, but even the ordinary chains have to step up their game to compete.
 
2013-02-17 06:08:17 PM

Dallymo: Any grocery store with aisles that go the wrong way.  I cannot shop like that.


You would absolutely hate Meijer's in Davison, MI.  A superstore with the departments arranged in a crazy scattered pattern.  The dairy is in the middle of the clothing departments.  Some expensive experiment, that I hope they lose.

The_Sponge: Ralphs?

The Dude does not abide.


I would've thought they would've group Ralph's along with Kroger, since it is Kroger.  Just like for a couple of years Kessel's in MI was Kroger before they started changing the signs.  Sometimes Kroger keeps the name of their kill, sometimes they don't.

As usual walmart sucks.  They may have better prices on some things, but can be really high on others.  Sometimes they carry something others don't but typically they won't have it.  One time I walked through, the shelves were barely stocked and I went back the next day and nothing changed.  Also, walmart don't have any meat cutters, all their meats are processed off site days prior.  That doesn't give them any fresh points with me.  I found that out from my parents who work for them.

I don't care for Spartan Foods and walmart sucks, so I'll stick with Kroger.  Atleast their fuel point system helps me keep my gas cost down.  The rest of the grocery chains around here either burned, bought out or closed down.
 
2013-02-17 06:23:07 PM
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/keep the damn quarter
 
2013-02-17 06:28:35 PM
I'm surprised to see Ralph's on that list; in the Santa Barbara area at least, they seem to be treated as a level above Vons or Albertson's (but still below Whole Foods or Gelson's).

/For those in the Chicago area, Vons = Dominick's and Albertson's = Jewel.
 
2013-02-17 06:29:17 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it


I haven't had any problems with cleanliness at the two Grocery Outlets in Eugene & Springfield. Maybe it boils down to management making sure the stores are kept clean, but I've never seen any insects nor rodents, either dead or alive in either store.
 
2013-02-17 06:32:43 PM

davidphogan: There's a local chain called New Seasons around here that you can pretty much count on to be awesome, but they're a little more expensive than Fred Meyers or Safeway so it might just be a case of you get what you pay for.


New Seasons has delicious prepared food items--salads, samosas, wraps....mmmmm.  There's one a couple of miles from work but it's not close enough to home for me to shop there regularly.  My closest grocery is Haggen, which I much prefer over next-closest Dead Fred's.  Great people, good prices if you are a careful shopper.  Albertson's is nearby as well but is not an option, ever--even when it was first built it looked as old and run down as every Albertson's I've ever been in.  The new Safeway is very nice, but the farthest of the four.  I give it kudos for replacing the Thriftway that had its aisles going the wrong direction.

lack of warmth: You would absolutely hate Meijer's in Davison, MI.  A superstore with the departments arranged in a crazy scattered pattern.  The dairy is in the middle of the clothing departments.  Some expensive experiment, that I hope they lose.


I've shopped at the Meijer's in North Muskegon; they're similar to our Fred Meyer stores here (they're now owned by Kroger).  I don't remember if that one had departmental schizophrenia, although I do know there was an overabundance of NASCAR merchandise everywhere.
 
2013-02-17 06:33:37 PM
www.lebowskifest.com

Come on, even the Dude love's Ralph's.
 
2013-02-17 06:37:29 PM
Put me in the camp that never had a problem with Ralph's and I lived in multiple cities in CA so I've been to a lot of Ralph's.
 
2013-02-17 06:37:32 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Food Lion and Weis have had those reputations for a very long time. Weis tried to move up a bit and built a handful of new stores, but the one in Carlisle, PA hasn't changed at all since the early '80s and it shows. Food Lion suffered from bad management (and a expired meat scandal 20 years ago) and apparently still does. Truth be told, I'm surprised they're still open. Giant and Wegman's are always packed.

As far as Wal-Mart goes, they suffer from being Wal-Mart. If you're OK with that they're just fine, otherwise the down votes are typical anti-Wal-Mart votes. Seriously, they don't sell anything objectionable, they're always stocked, and they're always packed, apparently with people who hate them but can't resist the urge to buy there.


I was also surprised to learn Food Lion still exists.

They expanded into Texas when I was a kid and were god awful. When even a 9 year old is sketched out, your store is gross. After the meat scandal they disappeared from the state entirely.
 
2013-02-17 06:43:19 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it


there was one close to where I used to work.
We shortened it's name and just called it the "Gross Out".
 
2013-02-17 06:48:01 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.

Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.


I have to disagree, we recently got a Woodmans here in North Aurora (Chicago suburbs) and it's awesome.  Big selection, lots of speciality stuff that I don't typically see in Jewel or Dominic's, and they have an awesome liquor store.
 
2013-02-17 06:49:19 PM
List fails without IGA. Everyone I've ever been to has been in a town that has seen better days, or has been bypassed by a new road (and the eventual SuperCenter that follows). I've been to IGAs with meat refrigerators at 64 degrees, frozen food that was literally freezer burned and required an ice pick just to get them off the shelves, and popcorn that had product tie-ins to movies that left the theaters 2 years ago.
 
2013-02-17 06:53:56 PM
Kroger* for perishables, Wal Mart for everything else, sometimes farmer's market for produce.

/Why no Safeway on the list?
//They are always priced 10-20% over the competition
///* = "King Soopers" in these parts
 
2013-02-17 06:54:28 PM
Dallymo:
I've shopped at the Meijer's in North Muskegon; they're similar to our Fred Meyer stores here (they're now owned by Kroger).  I don't remember if that one had departmental schizophrenia, although I do know there was an overabundance of NASCAR merchandise everywhere.

It's only that Davison location that is weird, the rest of the Meijer's are better than shopping at walmart.  I think they wanted to try something new, when they built that store.  VG's used to be a better chain until they got bought out by Spartan Foods.  It took some getting used to after Kessel's was bought out, was it a big change when Fred Meyer sold to Kroger?
 
2013-02-17 06:56:37 PM
I'm guessing not enough people shop at Save-A-Lot to register on this list?
 
2013-02-17 07:00:41 PM
You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the list
 
2013-02-17 07:03:52 PM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it

I haven't had any problems with cleanliness at the two Grocery Outlets in Eugene & Springfield. Maybe it boils down to management making sure the stores are kept clean, but I've never seen any insects nor rodents, either dead or alive in either store.


Yeah... they're not all as bad as the one in Placerville, I'm sure

/Canned Food Outlets are pretty scary, too
 
2013-02-17 07:04:12 PM

serpent_sky: Not around here - some of the worst grocery stores I can think of are in Greenwich, but the nicer, cleaner ones are in Stamford. Then again, maybe the people in Greenwich keep their nice stores a secret so rabble such as myself don't go in. I'm okay with that, though. They have the worst Stop & Shops I have ever been in over there, though.


And Stamford has a Fairway as well.
 
2013-02-17 07:06:27 PM
only ever been to one on the list and that's Wal-mart and other than the fresh meats being no better than acceptable in my opinin i got no problem with it, then again my local super center might be above average for them.
 
2013-02-17 07:07:05 PM

lack of warmth: was it a big change when Fred Meyer sold to Kroger?


The only two changes I've noticed at my local Freddie's are that there are Kroger branded products on the shelves and that grocery pricing is more competitive. I imagine the differences are more substantial for Fred Meyer employees.
 
2013-02-17 07:09:38 PM
Whole foods is the worst based on price alone. The selection is the same as the other supermarkets in town. Even the brand names are mostly the same. There is no noticeable difference in quality, cleanliness or location. And yet the place is somehow always packed. I'll continue to not pay 30% more for the same food, thanks.
 
2013-02-17 07:10:09 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Kroger* for perishables, Wal Mart for everything else, sometimes farmer's market for produce.

/Why no Safeway on the list?
//They are always priced 10-20% over the competition
///* = "King Soopers" in these parts


I think Safeway is not on the list is because in most areas they have good customer service. Although sometimes it can be annoying but every Safeway I have been in so far the employees greet customers and the appearance is not bad even in a not so nice neighborhood (At least the ones in my area are.)

The worst supermarket was not a chain store but a locally ethnic that deals in mostly Asian food products.  The place smelled like kitty litter and was packed with so many items it had to be hard to keep clean.  I did not stay long.
 
2013-02-17 07:13:11 PM
We lost the local Giant with the Stop&Shop merger, but when we go back to MA, they honor my Giant discount card.

Giant, Giant Eagle, Weis, Safeway, Aldi, Wegmens... my keychain is loaded with those tags.

Also, back in the 90s I went to GA/Northern FL with my ex and found a chain store that had their carts with in-store GPS to locate items. Stupid farking biatch noticed I was having too much fun with it, and took control of the cart, wouldn't let me near it. Anyone know of the chain?

/did I mention the stupid farking biatch is my ex?
 
2013-02-17 07:14:17 PM

davidphogan: Shaggy_C: It all depends on the age of the store, the store manager, and the amount of investment coming in from corporate. I don't think there are any grocery stores that are horrible across the board just as there are none that are all great.

/ Except maybe Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, of course.
//People buy food at Walmart ?!

There's a local chain called New Seasons around here that you can pretty much count on to be awesome, but they're a little more expensive than Fred Meyers or Safeway so it might just be a case of you get what you pay for.


The few times I've been to your parts, I've always found myself going into New Seasons to buy stuff.  Always had a great experience there.  It rivals the glitzy Whole Foods here, and I think it's a bit better.
 
2013-02-17 07:14:50 PM
OtherLittleGuy:

Also, back in the 90s I went to GA/Northern FL with my ex and found a chain store that had their carts with in-store GPS to locate items. Stupid farking biatch noticed I was having too much fun with it, and took control of the cart, wouldn't let me near it. Anyone know of the chain?

/did I mention the stupid farking biatch is my ex?


Possibly Publix.

Good chain.  Privately held company.
 
2013-02-17 07:15:57 PM
if i don't like the grocery store, i sometimes take chicken or fish, unwrap it, and hide it behind cereal boxes, or on top of shelves where you cant find it, until it starts to smell. then it becomes a fun game for the people there to find where the horrible stench is coming from. it can also be fun to poke small holes in wine boxes, grind meat of vegetables in the coffee grinder, or put very expensive things in other peoples carts.

how do YOU have fun while shopping?
 
2013-02-17 07:22:29 PM
The article in question is almost a year old.

I can't believe someone hates Woodman's. great prices, easy to check out. So so meats.
Pick-n-save has to be the worst. Poor service, no checkouts open, long lines, service desk not often open, etc.
 
2013-02-17 07:23:11 PM
We need a wegmans in my area, if for no other reason than the 'make your own 6-pack' section.

We could also use a Hannaford, but for now, its Trader Joes. I refuse Whole Foods.
 
2013-02-17 07:24:59 PM
Surprised this hasn't yet turned into a 'I Heart Publix Subs' thread.
 
2013-02-17 07:30:58 PM

Pentaxian: And Stamford has a Fairway as well.


The last time I was in there, I was sort of surprised.  The produce was not very fresh -- tomatoes were all wilting, nothing looked to be at its peak.  And the self-serve with the pickles and olives and things area was kind of gross, it seemed like people had been ransacking it and I didn't feel like I wanted to buy anything from it.  I got the treat of the truffle cheese (the best open-faced grilled cheese ever) and bought some dish soap and that was it.   Maybe I just hit it on a bad night, though, because I didn't have the same experience the previous times I've been there. I don't think it functions well as an everyday grocery store, though.
 
2013-02-17 07:33:54 PM

some_beer_drinker: if i don't like the grocery store, i sometimes take chicken or fish, unwrap it, and hide it behind cereal boxes, or on top of shelves where you cant find it, until it starts to smell. then it becomes a fun game for the people there to find where the horrible stench is coming from. it can also be fun to poke small holes in wine boxes, grind meat of vegetables in the coffee grinder, or put very expensive things in other peoples carts.

how do YOU have fun while shopping?


You should follow that up by getting an old grocery work shirt (if possible) and wear that to the store so you could troll the other customers.  Then when you get to register, hand the clerk a huge pile of coupons that only a few are for the items you have in your order.  The later works best when a line is behind you.
 
2013-02-17 07:36:12 PM

exvaxman: The article in question is almost a year old.

I can't believe someone hates Woodman's. great prices, easy to check out. So so meats.
Pick-n-save has to be the worst. Poor service, no checkouts open, long lines, service desk not often open, etc.


Somebody hates Woodman's? Even out here they stepped into Roundy's backyard they weren't exactly shunned.  And Roundy's/Pick n/Save deserves that spot and then some.
 
2013-02-17 07:40:39 PM

SBinRR: OtherLittleGuy:

Also, back in the 90s I went to GA/Northern FL with my ex and found a chain store that had their carts with in-store GPS to locate items. Stupid farking biatch noticed I was having too much fun with it, and took control of the cart, wouldn't let me near it. Anyone know of the chain?

/did I mention the stupid farking biatch is my ex?

Possibly Publix.

Good chain.  Privately held company.


Love my Publix. Only 3 reasons to go to WalMart for grocery items for me:

1. Golden Curry sauce mix. Publix wants over $4 while it's about $2.50 at WM for the same item.
2. Comstock Lemon filling. Publix carries every flavor filling ever created in the history of everything EXCEPT lemon. WTF?
3. Halloween candy. WM usually has better sales and I can get the mini glowstix in the same trip.

/love my publix even more on the rare occasions i get the $5 off $30 coupon in the mail
 
2013-02-17 07:42:21 PM
This thread needs more skeptical third world child.
 
2013-02-17 07:43:11 PM

DanZero: Hard to believe A&P is on the list.


Hard to believe A&P is still in business.
 
2013-02-17 07:45:37 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: As far as Wal-Mart goes, they suffer from being Wal-Mart. If you're OK with that they're just fine, otherwise the down votes are typical anti-Wal-Mart votes. Seriously, they don't sell anything objectionable, they're always stocked, and they're always packed, apparently with people who hate them but can't resist the urge to buy there.


They're not "always packed". You should go shopping at 4 AM. I've been to one near me and didn't see a single other customer. As a bonus I've never had to wait for more than one customer in line ahead of me when I go then.

And that's the only store on the list I can remember ever going to. I don't hate them but I don't really trust them for perishable items. They're so aggressive about cost cutting the milk probably doesn't even last until the sell-by date.
 
2013-02-17 07:46:48 PM

Catsaregreen: List fails without IGA. Everyone I've ever been to has been in a town that has seen better days, or has been bypassed by a new road (and the eventual SuperCenter that follows). I've been to IGAs with meat refrigerators at 64 degrees, frozen food that was literally freezer burned and required an ice pick just to get them off the shelves, and popcorn that had product tie-ins to movies that left the theaters 2 years ago.


I like having IGAs around. It confirms that I am in fact in the Goldilocks zone between the sticks and McWalTargStripmallia.

IGAs tend to be wildly uneven from town to town, and once a chain shows up nearby they're farked no matter how good they are, because they can't compete on price.

Maronna's in Millbrook, NY is a good IGA.
 
2013-02-17 07:47:02 PM
I loved Meijer's random sales, "Buy a car battery and get 3 pounds bananas free!"  Moved too far west for them, now in the subpar grocery market of Minneapolis. Hometown of two national grocers and I'd rather shop at a Walmart in Tennessee.
 
2013-02-17 07:48:32 PM

CreativeFarkHandle: davidphogan: Shaggy_C: It all depends on the age of the store, the store manager, and the amount of investment coming in from corporate. I don't think there are any grocery stores that are horrible across the board just as there are none that are all great.

/ Except maybe Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, of course.
//People buy food at Walmart ?!

There's a local chain called New Seasons around here that you can pretty much count on to be awesome, but they're a little more expensive than Fred Meyers or Safeway so it might just be a case of you get what you pay for.

The few times I've been to your parts, I've always found myself going into New Seasons to buy stuff.  Always had a great experience there.  It rivals the glitzy Whole Foods here, and I think it's a bit better.


I have a New Seasons in my neighborhood, and I just feel so awful every time I shop there. It is an upscale grocery store which caters to an upper middle income crowd who do not want to deal with "those people."

I feel more comfortable shopping at my local Winco.
 
2013-02-17 07:51:55 PM

Sum Guye: DanZero: Hard to believe A&P is on the list.

Hard to believe A&P is still in business.


I have to agree, if only because they're outrageously expensive. When we get talking about money and saving on stuff at work, A&P being ridiculously overpriced always comes up.  I don't know why they are so much more expensive than stores not even a mile up the road from them, but they are.

I started buying all non-perishables and frozen stuff we  take to work for lunch at Target, I don't trust their limited produce and meat, but everything else is SO much cheaper than any other grocery store.  Plus, I got a Target debit card that is linked to my bank account and gives me 5% off every purchase.
 
2013-02-17 07:52:09 PM
The waldbaums near me sometimes ships in some special needs people from a mental hospital nearby to get them out and doing something like bagging groceries. I'm cool with it, though one time one of them did drool on my grocery bags. I did my best to be gracious about it and I feel bad for the patients, but...eeeeew.
 
2013-02-17 07:56:25 PM
Thruway Market, Walden, NY..... nuff said
 
2013-02-17 07:57:38 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: I was also surprised to learn Food Lion still exists.


That's all we have around here.  Food Lion and Walmart, although a Kroger superstore opened up about two years ago.  Food Lion stores are just sad.  We have one nice one and three that look like the employees are waiting to die.  The produce and meat selection sucks, and they only carry Food Lion brand lunchmeat, which is cheap but not very good.  However, the overall food quality is still light years better than the crap that Wal Mart serves up.

Never buy meat at Wal Mart.  Starving is a better option.
 
2013-02-17 08:00:15 PM

Satosuke: The waldbaums near me sometimes ships in some special needs people from a mental hospital nearby to get them out and doing something like bagging groceries. I'm cool with it, though one time one of them did drool on my grocery bags. I did my best to be gracious about it and I feel bad for the patients, but...eeeeew.


Our local Martin's (which used to be UKrops, now owned by Giant's parent Corp) staffs their baggers exclusively with mentally handicapped adults.  My favorite, Denny, has a noxious gas problem and whenever he farts he just mutters "oh no oh no oh no oh no" to himself while he bags groceries.  It's a real treat to watch old women try to pretend the entire line doesn't smell like ass.
 
2013-02-17 08:01:08 PM

flaminio: This thread needs more skeptical third world child.


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2013-02-17 08:04:34 PM
Ralph's is fine here. Very few bargains to be had though. My usual order on shopping day:

99¢ Only- Many staples and goodies here. I have gotten awesome asparagus there that was better than what they were selling in the supers for almost four dollars.

Mexican chain store such as Vallarta or Superior- Way cheaper and better produce, mexican specialties, etc.

Trader Joe's- Cheapest for bananas, many other goodies, coffee.

Ralphs- Fill in the gaps, and I like their milk and OJ.

Notice that Ralphs is getting the crumbs. If you are buying everything at one store you are paying too much.
 
2013-02-17 08:06:40 PM

Harry_Seldon: CreativeFarkHandle: davidphogan: Shaggy_C: It all depends on the age of the store, the store manager, and the amount of investment coming in from corporate. I don't think there are any grocery stores that are horrible across the board just as there are none that are all great.

/ Except maybe Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, of course.
//People buy food at Walmart ?!

There's a local chain called New Seasons around here that you can pretty much count on to be awesome, but they're a little more expensive than Fred Meyers or Safeway so it might just be a case of you get what you pay for.

The few times I've been to your parts, I've always found myself going into New Seasons to buy stuff.  Always had a great experience there.  It rivals the glitzy Whole Foods here, and I think it's a bit better.

I have a New Seasons in my neighborhood, and I just feel so awful every time I shop there. It is an upscale grocery store which caters to an upper middle income crowd who do not want to deal with "those people."

I feel more comfortable shopping at my local Winco.


You're missing out if you skip their deli for that reason. Very affordable and tasty.
 
2013-02-17 08:07:15 PM
Worked at Jewel when I was in HS. The stories I have from the bake shop would make you vomit. I did get my first taste of cougar when I worked there. She managed the previously mentioned bake shop... And may have had a pie or 2 too many. I have never wanted a skinny girl after that experience.

/off to the bathroom with that memory in mind
 
2013-02-17 08:12:48 PM
I buy all my groceries at the Big Lots.
 
2013-02-17 08:13:55 PM

HighlanderRPI: Thruway Market, Walden, NY..... nuff said


Aaaaaack. I remember going in there once just out of curiosity. Only place I've ever been that had head cheese, basketballs and ammunition under one roof.

I think it's being replaced by a Hannaford.
 
2013-02-17 08:14:03 PM

margarito bandito: I loved Meijer's random sales, "Buy a car battery and get 3 pounds bananas free!"  Moved too far west for them, now in the subpar grocery market of Minneapolis. Hometown of two national grocers and I'd rather shop at a Walmart in Tennessee.


When a really popular DVD releases, Kroger does a buy the movie and get pop, popcorn and other goodies free.  Of course they charge more for the movie than other stores.  Also, they have done a buy case of Miller Lite and get a recliner for $199 sale.  I have noticed ads for the Detroit area (I like the Detroit Free Press) with sales like buy a turkey and get some fixin's free.  Not as crazy as seeing lawnmowers displayed on top of a Winn-Dixie frozen section in West Columbia, SC.
 
2013-02-17 08:17:43 PM
Can't say I've had any complaints from when I've shopped at Jewel, Dominick's and Sunset back in Chicagoland, Big Y, Price Chopper and Shaw's in Wormtown, or Woolworths and Coles in Australia... Worst supermarket I've ever used is Garden Fresh Market, near Chicago. Their produce is terrible...
 
2013-02-17 08:22:38 PM

Gulper Eel: HighlanderRPI: Thruway Market, Walden, NY..... nuff said

Aaaaaack. I remember going in there once just out of curiosity. Only place I've ever been that had head cheese, basketballs and ammunition under one roof.

I think it's being replaced by a Hannaford.


Reminds me of the Rock Hill Trading Post in Rock Hill, NY, right off of 17. Combination supermarket and hardware store. Not to say it was a bad place, everything was fine, but being the suburban/city boy I am I wasn't expecting that combination.
 
2013-02-17 08:24:43 PM
Work as a bagger at a stop and shop.

Once, when putting one of those meat packet things (with the styrofoam and the plastic wrap, whatever its called its late and im retarded), I noticed something weird in the package.

There was a god damn fly in there, under the plastic.

I was horrified.
 
2013-02-17 08:24:44 PM
Winn-farking-Dixie.   They should just change their logo to the FAIL tag.
 
2013-02-17 08:25:30 PM

margarito bandito: I loved Meijer's random sales, "Buy a car battery and get 3 pounds bananas free!"  Moved too far west for them, now in the subpar grocery market of Minneapolis. Hometown of two national grocers and I'd rather shop at a Walmart in Tennessee.


My favorite oddball giveaway was  free beef February at Les Schwab Tire Stores here in the Pacific NW. By tires and get free steaks. Not a coupon for free beef, either - they had a meat freezer right there in the tire store. It was awesome, but sadly is no more.
 
2013-02-17 08:27:12 PM

Lsherm: Satosuke: The waldbaums near me sometimes ships in some special needs people from a mental hospital nearby to get them out and doing something like bagging groceries. I'm cool with it, though one time one of them did drool on my grocery bags. I did my best to be gracious about it and I feel bad for the patients, but...eeeeew.

Our local Martin's (which used to be UKrops, now owned by Giant's parent Corp) staffs their baggers exclusively with mentally handicapped adults.  My favorite, Denny, has a noxious gas problem and whenever he farts he just mutters "oh no oh no oh no oh no" to himself while he bags groceries.  It's a real treat to watch old women try to pretend the entire line doesn't smell like ass.


Now that's pretty funny. I'd deal with a cloud of special-people flatus if I got to see that. The drool on my bags is a tad harder to ignore.
 
2013-02-17 08:28:55 PM
Here in Iowa, the dominant grocery store chain, by far, is "Hy Vee".

It's great. Always clean, great selection, great meat, great produce, nice stores, friendly employees. I'm always weirded out to hear about nasty grocery stores, because they don't really exist in Iowa. They can't, because they have to compete with Hy Vee stores. In fact, there really AREN'T any other grocery stores chains in Iowa anymore. Between Hy Vee at the "high end", and Wal-Mart for everything else, there simply wasn't room for anybody else.
 
2013-02-17 08:30:14 PM

Catsaregreen: List fails without IGA. Everyone I've ever been to has been in a town that has seen better days, or has been bypassed by a new road (and the eventual SuperCenter that follows). I've been to IGAs with meat refrigerators at 64 degrees, frozen food that was literally freezer burned and required an ice pick just to get them off the shelves, and popcorn that had product tie-ins to movies that left the theaters 2 years ago.


IGA = Independent Grocers Alliance. They can be nice or run out of a barn. It's not really a chain though.
 
2013-02-17 08:42:42 PM

Smeggy Smurf: You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the list


But when are you going to fix my local store, hmmm?
 
2013-02-17 08:47:13 PM
Perhaps some of you folks should move out of shiathole neighborhoods to somewhere decent. Supermarkets in the Action Park area of No.NJ are just as clean, well lit and nicely stocked as can be.
 
2013-02-17 08:49:48 PM
They mention Ralphs (Kroger) here in SoCal, but I think Von's (Safeway) is worse.
 
2013-02-17 08:55:20 PM
Wegmans is the greatest supermarket in the world, hell, I just came from there after having a slice of their amazing pizza and sushi.  Can't wait till the one in Germantown MD opens so I won't have to travel Columbia.
 
2013-02-17 08:59:56 PM

realmolo: Here in Iowa, the dominant grocery store chain, by far, is "Hy Vee".

It's great. Always clean, great selection, great meat, great produce, nice stores, friendly employees. I'm always weirded out to hear about nasty grocery stores, because they don't really exist in Iowa. They can't, because they have to compete with Hy Vee stores. In fact, there really AREN'T any other grocery stores chains in Iowa anymore. Between Hy Vee at the "high end", and Wal-Mart for everything else, there simply wasn't room for anybody else.


You've obviously never been to the Hy Vee in Corydon. I lived there for 2 years and maybe set foot in their 6 times. It was actually cheaper to drive the extra 30 miles one way to Centerville, where there was a little more selection in stores and not just one that had everyone by the short hairs.
 
2013-02-17 09:01:15 PM
There are two Piggly Wiggly chains. The southern company and the Midwest company.
The Midwest is pretty good. The southern? I went into one to get a frozen lamb leg. I noticed that they were all with a month of expiring and asked the manger if I could make a deal for all of them. The answer was "no!".  I came back later that week and saw that they all had new labels with an expiration date a year in the future. I never shopped there again out of fear.
 
2013-02-17 09:09:52 PM

realmolo: Here in Iowa, the dominant grocery store chain, by far, is "Hy Vee".

It's great. Always clean, great selection, great meat, great produce, nice stores, friendly employees. I'm always weirded out to hear about nasty grocery stores, because they don't really exist in Iowa. They can't, because they have to compete with Hy Vee stores. In fact, there really AREN'T any other grocery stores chains in Iowa anymore. Between Hy Vee at the "high end", and Wal-Mart for everything else, there simply wasn't room for anybody else.


There are some Aldi's kicking around too.  Hy Vee is all over the place though.
 
2013-02-17 09:11:56 PM
Food Lion keeps trying, but they insist on treating their employees like crap.

I will say that the Meat-Scandal was found to be a set-up.  The producer they snuck in was the one purposefully food tampering.  They're extremely anal about food safety now.

/13 year Food Lion employee
//Only mildly treated better than a Walmart Drone.
///All I get is extra slashies.
 
2013-02-17 09:14:26 PM
No Winn-Dixie? Color me shocked.
 
2013-02-17 09:25:53 PM

serpent_sky: Gulper Eel: Shaw's in Connecticut. Back in the day I'd stop by the one in New London to pick up dinner ingredients for an old girlfriend of mine, and invariably I'd have to explain to the cashier that the large purple thing I was purchasing was an eggplant. After about the third time I got a blank stare when buying an eggplant, I took to calling it an aubergine just to be a pain in the ass.

The first good that came of being dumped by that girl was that I never had to set foot in that store ever again.

And you didn't have to eat eggplant constantly, either, so there's that.

It also seems like store experiences aren't really chain-wide, so much as store specific.  Around here, A&P is unpleasant because it's usually the most grossly overpriced store.  Stop & Shop is too large and never has enough registers open, despite being more like a grocery mall than a store. And half the customers seem like they're auditioning for a role in a zombie movie, shambling around, looking at the 7000 varieties of bread.  But they're not disgusting or anything.

The only really bad thing I can think of in recent times was one of the Grade A stores (Shop Rite, but under a different name) definitely did not clean out after losing power for 5 days in the hurricane.  They took some things off the shelves, but not nearly enough.  A lot of the frozen stuff was clearly defrosted and re-frozen -- the packages had that soggy look to them.  We actually still haven't bought perishables there because it seems like if they let something that significant go, other things are probably up to par.


You can report that the Department of Agriculture, who will come in and clean everything up for them. The hard way.

Who knows? It might prevent an outbreak.
 
2013-02-17 09:42:09 PM
I'll be another Florida person raving about Publix. Great selection, fantastic service. The prices are a little higher than Wal-Mart, but I'm more than happy to give my money to a more local chain that deserves it.

The Winn-Dixie produce section always smells like some homeless person urinated in it. ALWAYS. I can never figure it out.
 
2013-02-17 09:48:49 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it


Came here to post this.
 
2013-02-17 09:49:35 PM
The only one of those I've ever been in is WalMart, and the one in town near me is neat as a pin and has the second lowest prices in town. Only the WinCo is slightly cheaper. It's clean, too.
 
2013-02-17 09:50:00 PM
If you find yourself shopping at Winn-Dixie regularly, something in your life went way wrong.
 
2013-02-17 09:50:44 PM

KrispyKritter: Perhaps some of you folks should move out of shiathole neighborhoods to somewhere decent. Supermarkets in the Action Park area of No.NJ are just as clean, well lit and nicely stocked as can be.


sort of this.

/I didn't know what a truly shiatty supermarket was until I moved out of Minnesota to SoCal
//the shiatty food sold at supermarkets is only balanced by cheap alcohol you can buy in the grocery store
 
2013-02-17 10:08:55 PM
I've only been to two on the list:  Walmart (I hate it, but it seems to be the place I'll go to first if I can't think of any other place to get an item or for my eyeglass cleaner) and Tops in Cooperstown, but I didn't really look around it too much to check anything out.  I just went to find their bathrooms since I needed to go after touring Brewery Ommegang.

LemSkroob: We need a wegmans in my area, if for no other reason than the 'make your own 6-pack' section.

We could also use a Hannaford, but for now, its Trader Joes. I refuse Whole Foods.


I clicked your profile to see if you had your location, and now I'm wondering where in New York you could be where there is neither a Wegmans not a Hannaford but a Trader Joes and Whole Foods.  If you're in an area where Price Chopper has a presence (full disclosure:   I do work for them, but I'm not speaking for them as there are plenty of things they do or don't do that drive me nuts), at lease some locations now have a "make your own 6-pack" section.

Also, I don't care what chain it is, it depends on the employees and management a lot at particular locations.  It's even possible for you to get good customer service from one employee and then horrible customer service from another employee in the same store (i.e. not another location of the same chain).
 
2013-02-17 10:13:58 PM
In my last post the word "lease" should be "least."

/ Should have previewed.
 
2013-02-17 10:14:12 PM

Gough: Smeggy Smurf: You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the list

But when are you going to fix my local store, hmmm?


You mean the replacement store project that was shelved about 2 years ago?  It sucks but the new VP just doesn't care about your town.  At least we fixed the roof and made the deli suck just a little bit less.

The good news is there is a lot of projects coming down the pipeline.  One of them might be a new store up there.  They don't tell us much until a week or two before the project lands in our lap.  Right now there next round of projects is a good 6-8 weeks off at the earliest.
 
2013-02-17 10:14:50 PM
How can people be dissatisfied with choice? The point of a supermarket is to give you a large range of choices. I go to supermarkets and hate it because there are so many choices of the exact same thing. Also, poor food quality? Umm...what? It's all the same food quality. Unless you are cleaning the floors with your steak cuts or letting your produce sit around for weeks, there is little difference in food quality. I don't understand this list.
 
2013-02-17 10:17:49 PM
I have thankfully forgotten the name of this one little local grocery/whatever store
I crept into years ago out of sheer curiousity.

But dear gods after exploring around in there for 15 minutes and then Ging theFO, I wanted
to firebomb the place.

Ugh.
 
2013-02-17 10:19:49 PM

Gulper Eel: Catsaregreen: List fails without IGA. Everyone I've ever been to has been in a town that has seen better days, or has been bypassed by a new road (and the eventual SuperCenter that follows). I've been to IGAs with meat refrigerators at 64 degrees, frozen food that was literally freezer burned and required an ice pick just to get them off the shelves, and popcorn that had product tie-ins to movies that left the theaters 2 years ago.

I like having IGAs around. It confirms that I am in fact in the Goldilocks zone between the sticks and McWalTargStripmallia.

IGAs tend to be wildly uneven from town to town, and once a chain shows up nearby they're farked no matter how good they are, because they can't compete on price.

Maronna's in Millbrook, NY is a good IGA.


I was favorably impressed by the IGA in Remington, Indiana.  It's nice that towns of 1000-1500 have choices that are not driving 12 miles to Wal-Mart.
 
2013-02-17 10:20:12 PM
Sorry, this list fails without the Giggle. God I hated having to shop at Giant Eagle.
 
2013-02-17 10:21:42 PM
I saw a dog take a sh*t in Walmart.
 
2013-02-17 10:30:12 PM

realmolo: Here in Iowa, the dominant grocery store chain, by far, is "Hy Vee".

It's great. Always clean, great selection, great meat, great produce, nice stores, friendly employees. I'm always weirded out to hear about nasty grocery stores, because they don't really exist in Iowa. They can't, because they have to compete with Hy Vee stores. In fact, there really AREN'T any other grocery stores chains in Iowa anymore. Between Hy Vee at the "high end", and Wal-Mart for everything else, there simply wasn't room for anybody else.


They're pretty big in Omaha too.  They are expanding too much however and they are beginning to compete with themselves.

BTW, don't believe any of that "employee owned" nonsense.  The part time employees have no benefits, they don't even get vacation time or paid sick days.  Full time hours and benefits are reserved for managers and employees who managed to get them 10 years earlier.
 
2013-02-17 10:44:24 PM

davidphogan: New Seasons


Dallymo: New Seasons


CreativeFarkHandle: New Seasons


Harry_Seldon: New Seasons


I just wished that they still delivered groceries.  You know how convenient it was to order groceries when everyone in the house is sick?  Soup, medicine, tea, crackers, etc. paid for online and then dropped off at your door.

I could easily live solely on the food from their deli.  There's this Mediterranean(?) chicken stew that they make that I buy huge containers of whenever they have it available.
 
2013-02-17 10:44:48 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Food Lion and Weis have had those reputations for a very long time. Weis tried to move up a bit and built a handful of new stores, but the one in Carlisle, PA hasn't changed at all since the early '80s and it shows. Food Lion suffered from bad management (and a expired meat scandal 20 years ago) and apparently still does. Truth be told, I'm surprised they're still open. Giant and Wegman's are always packed.


Even though they're run by the same parent company, the Bloom by me declined noticeably when it was rebranded to Food Lion. Within two or three months, the place went completely to shiat. The Bloom wasn't exactly a grocery store on a hill, but the Food Lion is a dump. Now, if I'm shopping for more than the odd "stop on the way home for milk," I'll schlep out the extra couple of miles to Harris Teeter, or farther afield to Wegmans.
 
2013-02-17 10:47:33 PM
Anybody else totally not surprised that the Mid-Atlantic / Lower Northeast region is home to the majority the worst supermarkets in the nation?

/CA native, living in DC Metro Area.
 
2013-02-17 10:52:14 PM
In Tulsa, we have Reasor's which isn't bad on pricing. The quality is pretty good for the price. Food Pyramid (which used to be Albertson's) has a nice international section. I usually go to WM for stuff like canned goods and cereal, but never produce or meat. Crest foods (In the OKC area) is pretty good too. I also like Uptown Grocery in Edmond.
 
2013-02-17 10:54:49 PM

47 is the new 42: LemSkroob: We need a wegmans in my area, if for no other reason than the 'make your own 6-pack' section.

We could also use a Hannaford, but for now, its Trader Joes. I refuse Whole Foods.

I clicked your profile to see if you had your location, and now I'm wondering where in New York you could be where there is neither a Wegmans not a Hannaford but a Trader Joes and Whole Foods.


Obviously I'm not him, but I'd imagine he's somewhere around NYC. We have TJ's and Whole Foods, I've never even heard of Hannaford, and the nearest Wegman's is in Jersey. Like I said before, we need Wegman's on Long Island. Though I'm sure King Kullen and Waldbaum's would fight it tooth and nail.
 
2013-02-17 10:56:54 PM

penthesilea: davidphogan: New Seasons

Dallymo: New Seasons

CreativeFarkHandle: New Seasons

Harry_Seldon: New Seasons

I just wished that they still delivered groceries.  You know how convenient it was to order groceries when everyone in the house is sick?  Soup, medicine, tea, crackers, etc. paid for online and then dropped off at your door.

I could easily live solely on the food from their deli.  There's this Mediterranean(?) chicken stew that they make that I buy huge containers of whenever they have it available.


I love their stir fry bowls, and their beef jerky. They have this great garlic pepper beef jerky at their butcher block.
 
2013-02-17 11:02:28 PM

ActionJoe: How can people be dissatisfied with choice? The point of a supermarket is to give you a large range of choices. I go to supermarkets and hate it because there are so many choices of the exact same thing. Also, poor food quality? Umm...what? It's all the same food quality. Unless you are cleaning the floors with your steak cuts or letting your produce sit around for weeks, there is little difference in food quality. I don't understand this list.


It's quite easy especially if a store stops selling what you like.

Last year the King Soopers near me remodeled - I guess you'd call it that. If I hadn't seen new fixtures being put in I wouldn't have noticed at all except they also moved a lot of things around and stopped carrying certain things. I imagine they must have added some too, but I'm not sure what.

But I like a certain brand of wheat crackers. They still carry that brand, but I liked the whole grain version. Now I have to choose between multi-grain and "light".

Geez, I just checked the cracker's website. They make 10 different kinds of crackers. King Soopers only carries 2 of them now.
 
2013-02-17 11:03:17 PM
It's always amusing for a news site to use regional information and apply it thinking it's the same everywhere in the country.

We used to have a Food Lion about an hour away and Walmart Supercenters dot the area along with chains not mentioned in the survey. The quality of a product and cleanliness is usually held at the same bar of the clientele to use the store and the surrounding area.
 
2013-02-17 11:11:16 PM
I miss Farmer Jack.
 
2013-02-17 11:11:29 PM

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: lack of warmth: was it a big change when Fred Meyer sold to Kroger?

The only two changes I've noticed at my local Freddie's are that there are Kroger branded products on the shelves and that grocery pricing is more competitive. I imagine the differences are more substantial for Fred Meyer employees.


Kroger treats their people well at Fred's - employee discounts and benefits were slightly better after the buyout.
 
2013-02-17 11:16:03 PM
The Shoprite near me used to be nice but it's gone ghetto.  All the cashiers and stock clerks are now surly Job Corps grads instead of the reasonably pleasant variety of people I used to see working there.
 
2013-02-17 11:21:29 PM
In Seattle, it's Grocery Outlet "Bargain Market" -- but you'll know how disgusting the minute that  you walk in the door.
 
2013-02-17 11:21:58 PM
I buy most of my groceries at Wal Mart.

I disagree that they are THAT horrible, but I will say that nearly EVERY time, no matter how few items you buy, you will get at least one item that rings up differently than it is priced on the shelf.  Usually multiple items.  And, of course, it is NEVER in your favor.

That does not happen by accident.
 
2013-02-17 11:26:26 PM
That and... A&P is still a thing?
 
2013-02-18 12:00:21 AM

Happy Hours: Adolf Oliver Nipples: As far as Wal-Mart goes, they suffer from being Wal-Mart. If you're OK with that they're just fine, otherwise the down votes are typical anti-Wal-Mart votes. Seriously, they don't sell anything objectionable, they're always stocked, and they're always packed, apparently with people who hate them but can't resist the urge to buy there.

They're not "always packed". You should go shopping at 4 AM. I've been to one near me and didn't see a single other customer. As a bonus I've never had to wait for more than one customer in line ahead of me when I go then.

And that's the only store on the list I can remember ever going to. I don't hate them but I don't really trust them for perishable items. They're so aggressive about cost cutting the milk probably doesn't even last until the sell-by date.


4 AM? OK, you're just being pedantic. NOTHING is packed at 4 AM.
 
2013-02-18 12:17:46 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.

Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.


I recently moved to Madison, and shop at Miller and Sons in Verona because the prices are fair and I don't have to deal with the dregs of humanity at Woodman's.

By the way, Brennan's has lower prices and better quality vegetables than anywhere in town. People say they're overpriced, but they aren't on most of their produce.
 
2013-02-18 12:31:15 AM
HMart is my new favorite grocery store. It's like 99Ranch market and Whole Foods had a baby. All the vegetables are pristine, even the "white people" veggies like crimini mushrooms or Aubergines. The sashimi by the pound is farking outstanding, and I can get a sixer of Korean beer for $3.99.

The kimchi section is like Disneyland.
 
2013-02-18 12:33:17 AM
My regional ratings (Twin Cities), from best to worst:
1. Cub Foods. I do love my Cub. Only gripe I do have is every store seems to be laid out differently.
2. Lund's & Target (tie). Lund's is pricy but pretty good service and selection; Target is generally well-priced, but limited in selection.
3. Whole Foods. Not really where I want to shop, but they do carry products I can't get elsewhere.
4. Kowalski's, Festival Foods, Jerry's Foods, & Byerly's (tie). Yes I know Lunds and Byerlys are nominally the same (my wife calls them Byerlunds collectively) but I don't care much for Byerly's. Hardly ever shop at the other three, but they all seem OK.
5. Walmart. You know what it is going into it, adjust your expectations accordingly.
6. Rainbow Foods. Definitely the bottom of the barrel. I will go there only to pillage them for loss-leaders like soda pop on a killer sale.

Not ranked: Aldi (never been); Albertsons (there's only one I know of); Super Valu (again, never been in the one I'm aware of). I also do not care for Trader Joe's, but I've never technically bought anything there, only walked in & around two locations on separate occasions, and wasn't impressed.
 
2013-02-18 12:33:44 AM
No love for HEB?

I LOVES the HEB!

Must not be any Texans in here...
 
2013-02-18 12:53:36 AM

beerbaron: If you are buying everything at one store you are paying too much.


time = money
gas = money
wear and tear on car = money

How much is it costing you to run around town?
 
2013-02-18 12:55:06 AM

Buzzerguy: Survey's idea of "the country" seems kind of tilted.  One nationwide chain and one in SoCal, and all the rest east of the Mississippi, and it's not because there aren't bad grocery stores in the west.  Seriously, a Wisconsin-only chain makes #9 on the list despite being "not terrible?"

/bad sample  size space is bad

 
2013-02-18 12:55:28 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.


Sounds like you used to live on the east side.The new one up 151 on Hwy N is actually pretty nice.
 
2013-02-18 01:11:18 AM
I can only speak for the local Wal-Mart, but they're a pretty surreal shopping experience. For most supermarkets, if one part of the store is looking kind of weedy, the whole thing is probably a little weedy; if the meat looks a bit past its sell-by, it's worth double-checking the expiration dates on the cereal boxes as well. Wal-Mart is the only supermarket I know that's inconsistent.

They have one of the best bakeries I've ever seen, but their produce section looks like the sort of thing you see in a French novel from the 19th century. Their dairy and deli are monumentally huge, but you can't buy a bottle of Gatorade - just Coke or Pepsi. Or Sam's Choice if you're feeling cheap. Their sell-by dates are all over the map.

I wouldn't buy meat from them with a gun to my head - I bought two pounds of Perdue chicken for them once, and by the time I got it out of the oven, the thighs were the size of McNuggets and they were sitting in a POOL of water. There was so much water injected into them that they were practically stewed. The post-cooked product weighed about twelve ounces.

The local Sav-A-Lot is a horror story all by itself. I don't think I've ever eaten anything I've bought there with any faith in my continued health. That place is an outbreak waiting to happen.
 
2013-02-18 01:36:11 AM

12349876: How much is it costing you to run around town?


All of these places are within a mile. Run around town? All three miles? Once a week?
 
2013-02-18 01:36:54 AM
As a Brooklynite I'd rather go to a C-Town Supermarket or Key Foods than to any of the Pathmarks of this borough, and that's really saying something.
 
2013-02-18 01:44:09 AM

Smeggy Smurf: Gough: Smeggy Smurf: You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the list

But when are you going to fix my local store, hmmm?

You mean the replacement store project that was shelved about 2 years ago?  It sucks but the new VP just doesn't care about your town.  At least we fixed the roof and made the deli suck just a little bit less.

The good news is there is a lot of projects coming down the pipeline.  One of them might be a new store up there.  They don't tell us much until a week or two before the project lands in our lap.  Right now there next round of projects is a good 6-8 weeks off at the earliest.


Thanks, I didn't mean to come down too hard on you, and thanks for fixing the roof.  The deli is certainly better as well.
 
2013-02-18 02:14:52 AM
Last time I was at Ralph's  on sunset I saw a guy that looked like Zubin Mehta.
He bought some Aunt Jemima syrup, some Kaiser boiler foil and pair of blunt scissors.
I last saw him run out into the parking lot  behind a pair of customized trucks.


/No prices are lower prices than Ralph's
 
2013-02-18 02:16:04 AM
Man you're just screwed if you live in Delaware.  The two main chains there (at least when we lived there in the 80s) were Acme and Pathmark, both on the list.  What do you do, drive up into Pennsylvania for Wegman's?
 
2013-02-18 02:38:21 AM
Wal-Mart, Amherst, NH.  Entire meat case was at least 10 days out of code, lots of it was much farther than that.  Much of the meat was getting pretty moldy.

We found the nearest stock kid and we're like "Dude, what's with the month-old meat, you really should pull everything in that entire case", he just kind of dully looked back and went back to sweeping or whatever.

Scariest food shopping experience I've had.  I still get crawly skin thinking of that meat case.

/Worked at Shop 'n Save (now Hannafords) when I was a kid
//Glad they didn't make the list
 
2013-02-18 02:48:41 AM
We've got Giant, Weis, and Wegman's here.  Just got a Trader Joe's recently, but I don't see the appeal.

The Weis in Bellefonte was, until last year, ancient and scary.  The selections were OK, the food itself was OK, but the store was built in the 50s and was cramped.  The new one is much more spread out, has a better selection, and has beer.  The arrival of Wegman's has caused the others to step up their game.

I used to work across the street from the Giant Eagle on the South Side of Pittsburgh.  Going there for lunch was an adventure.  Never scary, but I'd always see somebody somewhat off.
 
2013-02-18 02:50:53 AM

FishyFred: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Everyone needs a Wegman's -- if for no other reason than it sets off an arms race among all local supermarkets and the rising tide lifts all boats out of the muck.

I've heard the same thing about Publix.

Unfortunately, the DC/MD/VA area is mostly Safeway and Giant. I also have a Whole Foods nearby and a couple of Targets. WHEN THE HELL IS THE COSTCO IN WHEATON GOING TO OPEN?!

/I really get on a roll when talking about convenience stores
//Wawa could have owned this region, but they let 7-11 just waltz in and take it


Probably too late to reply to this, but: They've opened Wegmans up north in Columbia and east in, I think, Landover. Dunno where on the Beltway you live, but if it's anywhere between Bethesda and PG County you can probably reach one of them without too much trouble. Harris Teeter is around and decent as well, though I only know of them inside DC proper and well outside in the MD suburbs (almost up towards Baltimore)
 
2013-02-18 03:15:04 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Food Lion and Weis have had those reputations for a very long time.


And they will sue anyone or anything that dares to report about it.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/17/opinion/revisiting-the-food-lion-c as e.html
 
2013-02-18 04:46:07 AM
When in Rochester, NY visit the Wegmans in Pittsford on Monroe Ave. It's over the top! Two stories!!
 
2013-02-18 04:51:14 AM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it

I haven't had any problems with cleanliness at the two Grocery Outlets in Eugene & Springfield. Maybe it boils down to management making sure the stores are kept clean, but I've never seen any insects nor rodents, either dead or alive in either store.


I go to the one on River Road occasionally... It's not unclean, but I wouldn't buy veggies/fruits there. I've seen bugs hovering over some of the produce before, probably because the produce is well past its prime.

I've been to better and worse grocery stores around here but nothing awful, certain not rodents or the like...
 
2013-02-18 04:59:03 AM
I buy my food from open air stalls, or off the back of a truck, directly from the farmers.

/not hipster
//third world
 
2013-02-18 06:06:31 AM
In Maine, my options were Walmart (which I avoid due to their policies) and Shaw's. I bought a bag of peaches and took them home, sliced one in half (surprising me, since it didn't stop at the pit) and found a bunch of beetles, still crawling, inside my firm, pretty peach. Took all of it back, they looked horrified (you couldn't see holes or indications on the outside), and gave me 300% of my money back. Nice of them, but I was still put off peaches for a decade.

/and always cuts up fruit.
 
2013-02-18 06:12:22 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.



Only caveat I need to mention regarding the Milwaukee area Woodmanses is that you really, really, really need to watch expiration dates. I don't see expired food for sale there but occasionally it's not exactly the freshest. I can't argue with the selection or the prices...


Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.


True dat.
 
2013-02-18 06:27:45 AM
Publix is pretty good. Stop and Shop is pretty good. Costco generally has really good food items. I assume Wegman's is good.

Kroger, Food Lion, Shoprite and Shaws are hit and miss.

Walmart is Walmart.

A&P has been shiat for about two decades.

Winn-Dixie, Piggly Wiggly, Trader Joes and many other should be avoided.
 
2013-02-18 06:36:54 AM
I keep forgetting you folks have normal WalMarts. Highland Village has an upscale one that competes with Market Street or Central Market in most lines. The store design was in violation of an original city charter that forbids buildings over 10,000 square feet (also forbids multi-family housing) so the company had to agree to preserve a Treaty Oak by building around it while serving a neighborhood that can only be described as well to do.
 
2013-02-18 06:58:51 AM
It's worth mentioning here that Wisconsin Piggly Wigglys are quite nice, much nicer than Southern ones I've stumbled in.
 
2013-02-18 07:23:31 AM
There is a Stop&Shop near my old place in CT that a leaky roof right overtop the vegetables. For months, while there would be buckets on the floor collecting the rusty water, meanwhile the broccoli, onions and peppers would be getting dripped on. Another Stop&Shop in Willimantic always reeks of rotten meat and veggies at the entrance. I don't recall ever being to one that doesn't smell like rancid garbage or have stickier floors than a strip club backroom.
 
2013-02-18 07:34:33 AM
This was on Fark months ago.

Anyway, CSB time, Shaw's is pretty much the only option here, and their prices are indeed outrageous.  Last week, I went to the seafood dept and went to get some tilapia that was on sale, and saw they had some plain and cajun spiced.  Just for coating the fish in cajun spices, they wanted $2.00 more a pound for it.  I told the seafood guy I wanted the cajun fish but wasn't going to pay that much for it, and he instantly agreed with me that the price was outrageous and goes off into a 2 minute rant about how expensive corporate tries to make things and how it's not a wonder they're losing so many customers. I got the cajun fish for the plain price.
 
2013-02-18 07:49:10 AM
I guess we are pretty fortunate to have Publix here in Florida. They do a bang up job and have quite a selection. We also have a small local chain called Hitchcock's that is quite good as well. We do have a Winn Dixie in our little town, but a lot of their prices are higher than Publix and their meat selection is not all that great.

My favorite is Fresh Market here in Gainesville. They are awesome! Fantastic meat selection, and a fresh sushi bar, as well.
 
2013-02-18 08:07:36 AM

StrikitRich: Surprised this hasn't yet turned into a 'I Heart Publix Subs' thread.


I'll be going there today to get one of those tasty subs.

/and if you can, try their fresh soups in the deli
//their corn chowder is bomb
 
2013-02-18 08:19:04 AM
One of the old TotalFark threads, before the "advertisers don't like that crap", before the "we don't swear here", back when TF and Fark actually realized they were a humor site, there was an awesome poop thread.

Short of it: a Farkette was working in a grocery store when an old lady shopping there pooped in her pants stopped, shook the log out and kept on shopping.

That used to pass for a Tuesday.  Today, this is the kind of humor we get.

Real News.  Real Funny.

/If only a TFer could post the original thread.
 
2013-02-18 08:21:16 AM

realmolo: Here in Iowa, the dominant grocery store chain, by far, is "Hy Vee".

It's great. Always clean, great selection, great meat, great produce, nice stores, friendly employees. I'm always weirded out to hear about nasty grocery stores, because they don't really exist in Iowa. They can't, because they have to compete with Hy Vee stores. In fact, there really AREN'T any other grocery stores chains in Iowa anymore. Between Hy Vee at the "high end", and Wal-Mart for everything else, there simply wasn't room for anybody else.


There's still Fareway, because MEAT
 
2013-02-18 08:55:55 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Murder Kroger

Or any Piggly Wiggly


+1 for the Pig Wig being nasty as fark. I did a third- party inventory of one once, the meat locker was a horror show. I do like Albertson's and Market Basket is neat and clean, and reasonably inexpensive for a regional.
 
2013-02-18 09:14:10 AM
I do all my shopping at the food n' stuff
 
2013-02-18 09:17:19 AM
As stated a couple of times above. The pigs in the Midwest are a different company than the ones in the south. The Midwest pigs are pretty good. Well above average when run by the Fox brothers.
 
2013-02-18 09:30:15 AM

Rocknutts: When in Rochester, NY visit the Wegmans in Pittsford on Monroe Ave. It's over the top! Two stories!!


I just want them to hurry up and open the new on on East Ave since the one there currently is the worst one in existence.
 
2013-02-18 09:42:40 AM
A lot of Wegman's love in here. Nothing is ever perfect and the West Side Erie Wegman's is a textbook example. The store is smaller than the one on the East Side and despite several resets over the past few years nothing is going to change that. As long as they keep blocking aisles with displays shopping is going to be a pain. The worst is the bottleneck as you check out. The distance from the checkouts and the Service Desk/Lottery area is literally two carts wide and then narrows towards the Floral area.

I love Wegman's, but I swear getting out of the store is impossible. Don't get me started on how they widened the aisles and then began stacking MORE stuff in them. And the girl sampling L'Oreal products on the back aisle yesterday that was set up across from a freezer that stuck out into the aisle so only 1 cart could get through and backed up people all the way into the Meat section. I need to take a xanax before I go shopping.
 
2013-02-18 09:46:51 AM
Growing up in East Texas, a chain called Brookshires had a near-monopoly stranglehold on grocery stores. It wasn't until I moved out of their territory that I discovered you could buy milk with more than 2 days until the expiration date. When I stopped for the first time at Braums and their milk's exp. date was 14 days away, I thought it was a mistake.

We have Braums, Warehouse Market, Neighborhood Market, Aldi, Reasors and Harps within 2 miles of our house. Competition is good!
 
2013-02-18 09:54:22 AM

WorkingInParadise: Growing up in East Texas, a chain called Brookshires had a near-monopoly stranglehold on grocery stores. It wasn't until I moved out of their territory that I discovered you could buy milk with more than 2 days until the expiration date. When I stopped for the first time at Braums and their milk's exp. date was 14 days away, I thought it was a mistake.

We have Braums, Warehouse Market, Neighborhood Market, Aldi, Reasors and Harps within 2 miles of our house. Competition is good!


Always had to go to Braum's at least once when visiting my grandparents in Dallas.
 
2013-02-18 10:43:38 AM

Gough: Smeggy Smurf: Gough: Smeggy Smurf: You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the list

But when are you going to fix my local store, hmmm?

You mean the replacement store project that was shelved about 2 years ago?  It sucks but the new VP just doesn't care about your town.  At least we fixed the roof and made the deli suck just a little bit less.

The good news is there is a lot of projects coming down the pipeline.  One of them might be a new store up there.  They don't tell us much until a week or two before the project lands in our lap.  Right now there next round of projects is a good 6-8 weeks off at the earliest.

Thanks, I didn't mean to come down too hard on you, and thanks for fixing the roof.  The deli is certainly better as well.


No worries. My firm doesn't make the decisions on which stores to fix.  That's a WinCo problem.  We're the architects that WinCo pays very well to design the stores.
 
2013-02-18 10:51:51 AM

Ken VeryBigLiar: exvaxman: The article in question is almost a year old.

I can't believe someone hates Woodman's. great prices, easy to check out. So so meats.
Pick-n-save has to be the worst. Poor service, no checkouts open, long lines, service desk not often open, etc.

Somebody hates Woodman's? Even out here they stepped into Roundy's backyard they weren't exactly shunned.  And Roundy's/Pick n/Save deserves that spot and then some.


I love how Woodman's is going up right behind Pick'N'Save a block or so from me.  I give Pick less than 6 months, even with their remodel to look like a Metro Market without the name change.
 
2013-02-18 11:32:46 AM
Pathmark does suck, especially the one near me.. things are all over the place and they never have more than 2 registers open.  The two self-serve registers are usually broken.

Dead for Tax Reasons: HMart is good for asian stuff but is a bit of a trip only go there for special stuff


HMart has the best fish and produce in my area (if you're considering cost)
 
2013-02-18 11:52:07 AM
The only one on that list I've heard of is Walmart.  The only problem I have with them is the quality of their store brand, Great Value.  It's very hit and miss, you can buy a product one time and it's perfectly fine, the next time the same product is pure crap.
 
2013-02-18 12:22:42 PM
I would love an Hmart in my town. every three months or so I pick up two neighbors and we drive the 90 miles to get to one.
There was a rumor that they were coming to the Milwaukee area but that Cermak took the space they were looking at.
 
2013-02-18 12:35:25 PM
Article got all their data from Yelp?  According to Yelp there are no good grocery stores anywhere, there never have been, and you are all going to die because of it.  Seriously, a biatchy slideshow based on biatchy data from a biatchy website is what we are reduced to linking to today?  Somebody go give Chris Brown a UFIA so we have something meaningful to talk about.

/Fark fail
 
2013-02-18 12:35:32 PM

valkore: Anybody else totally not surprised that the Mid-Atlantic / Lower Northeast region is home to the majority the worst supermarkets in the nation?

/CA native, living in DC Metro Area.


Yeah, it's one of the first things you notice. Damn, the groceries suck balls here.
 
2013-02-18 01:28:08 PM
First and last time I ever click on a Fiscal Times link.  All sorts of wonderful hijack-y popups ensued.

/Fark you
 
2013-02-18 01:36:43 PM
I've had one problem shopping at a Meijer store in ... what, 20 years?  And they were both on the same trip.

1. Meat I bought was ... not good ... on its flipside
2. Whipping cream I bought was curdled.

I don't call one freezer fail in all that time bad.  And they are always clean, in my experience. The worst you can say is their stock is often a little short, but they are open 24 hours.
 
2013-02-18 01:51:07 PM

Eligarf: Article got all their data from Yelp?  According to Yelp there are no good grocery stores anywhere, there never have been, and you are all going to die because of it.



Was about to post this....what a poorly written article and misleading information. Who writes a Yelp review on a grocery store, unless your experience was awful (except for maybe Wegmans). Article is full of mistakes too. Anyway, my analysis:

1. There are no Stop & Shops in PA like it says, but we do have Giant of Carlisle, which is owned by the same company (as well as Martin's and the Giant's in Maryland). They are your average grocery store. The ones I've been to/shop at are all clean and well stocked, and have average prices, but they hire all high school people who do not know anything. They also bought a bunch of stores last year when Safeway pulled out of PA (after ridiculously screwing up the Genuardi's chain they purchased for a lot of money in 2001). These stores seem as dead as they were when Safeway operated them. Giant is now the dominant chain in the Philly suburbs, but most stores are not overly busy.

2. Acme (which is/was owned by Supervalu, which includes Shaw's and Jewel which were also on the list). I haven't shopped at an Acme in years. The last time I did, it was a Sunday afternoon and there were no customers in the entire store. One cashier on duty standing around twiddling his thumbs. Somehow, this particular store is still open. Prices are ridiculously high, and they have a hodge-podge of nice, modern stores, and ones that haven't been remodeled since the 1980's. They are also one of the few remaining Union-owned chains in this part of the state.

3. A&P/Pathmark. Well the A&P stores in this area go by the Superfresh name..and there is nothing super, or fresh about them. There are only a couple left in the suburbs, along with Pathmark. They tried to rebrand some of their SuperFresh stores to Pathmark when they bought them, but they pretty much failed as well. So-so prices, but unappealing stores.

4. ShopRite. Your experience may vary as they are not really a 'chain' (most people don't realize this), but are individual families or smaller corporations that pay to use the ShopRite name/suppliers/etc. If something isn't on sale here, it is very expensive. Athough they're loss leader sales are unbelievable, and the local store has been tripling coupons for months now. Probably the largest selection of items here per category compared to the other stores.

5. Wegmans. I think we all know about Wegmans if you are on the upper east coast. The stores are enormous, but selection isn't that extensive for regular grocery items. They appear to be expensive, but if you stick to the average grocery items, they are as low as Walmart. All the prepared stuff is way overpriced though (awesome 'subs' though). I tend to avoid this place though unless I need beer. I worked at one for four years and it was a miserable experience.

6. Aldi- This is probably my favorite place to shop. I don't buy too many 'fresh' items here except for produce, but their prices are amazingly low. I can live without the brand names and not paying with my credit card, oh and the quarter for the cart. The stores are small, but still have a great selection of items. I can be in and out in less than a half hour, with 4 or 5 bags stuffed with food for maybe $50.

7. Walmart- Walmart converted my local store to a Supercenter a few years ago, but sort of gave up on it. The store is small to begin with..it was a regular store that they crammed food in, but I have never seen anyone really doing a full grocery shopping trip here. They got rid of the full service deli counter. Half the shelves look empty, and I wouldn't touch the produce here, except for maybe bananas. There are too many other options for grocery stores in the area.

Others: Redner's is a small, employee owned chain, but walk into a store and it's like walking into 1982, even though the stores aren't really that old. Half the employees are on work-release from the local prison. Good for basic packaged goods. Do never touch the meat or deli here.
Weis has been trying to expand into this part of PA, and I haven't been in one in years except when I lived in Lancaster briefly. They seem like the average run-of-the-mill chain. Prices seemed to be okay,
 
2013-02-18 01:53:11 PM
My horror story from a Giant in PA:  The wife and I were looking at the olive bar when some old lady walked up to the antipasto bowl and started picking meat and cheese out of it with her bare hands and eating whatever she grabbed.  Icked out, we went over to the deli and told an employee what was happening. His response was to just stand there staring into the void.  I swear I heard gears grinding to a halt when we told him.  Finally he stammered something about never having to deal with something like that before and that we should walk to the other side of the store and tell customer service.  My wife said "It's your department, your job, YOU tell a manager!".  That snapped him out of it and he finally shuffled off to tell someone.  We decide to wait and see what happens next, telling another customer what happened.  Guess what? Five minutes later the same woman came back and started snacking again.  They STILL hadn't tossed the bowl out!  The customer we told decided to confront the lady until a manager finally showed up.  My wife and I swore we would never buy anything from the salad bar/olive bar section again.

/Not surprised to see Acme on there for the prices.  Love that place, but it's crazy expensive.
 
2013-02-18 01:54:52 PM
Shopped at Acme when living in PA, not really impressed.  Now living in GA, I can experience the joy that is shopping at Publix.
 
2013-02-18 01:58:11 PM
Yeah, this article was just as interesting a year ago - when it was published.
 
2013-02-18 02:02:42 PM
Czmitfitsfan:
I saw the same thing happen at my local chain, a worker saw an old man do it. She called for the manager who told the old man he had just bought the bowl due to health regulations, while the old guy was protesting the whole bowl was weighed out, packed and put into his cart with the warning that not paying for something was theft and meant an arrest. The old man said that he would never be back, and the manager replied "but think of how many more customers we will get when this story spreads". They did end up calling the police on him for his throwing one of the containers at the manager.
 
2013-02-18 02:12:58 PM

FishyFred: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Everyone needs a Wegman's -- if for no other reason than it sets off an arms race among all local supermarkets and the rising tide lifts all boats out of the muck.

I've heard the same thing about Publix.

Unfortunately, the DC/MD/VA area is mostly Safeway and Giant. I also have a Whole Foods nearby and a couple of Targets. WHEN THE HELL IS THE COSTCO IN WHEATON GOING TO OPEN?!

/I really get on a roll when talking about convenience stores
//Wawa could have owned this region, but they let 7-11 just waltz in and take it


I have no Wawa or 7-11 here in Green Bay. But i'd damn near kill for a Wawa hoagie right now.  Our Costco here in GB opens this fall. F U SAM'S/Walmart!!
 
2013-02-18 03:33:53 PM
We have a Shaw's about 2 miles from my house, and I drive 35 miles out of my way to avoid going there. I only buy prepared food at Trader Joes, and dry/packaged stuff at Walmart, and produce/meats at my local supermarket (Hannafords)
 
2013-02-18 04:20:49 PM
I live in a mexican neighborhood in south dallas, i goto a Fiesta mercado occasionally to get fresh tortillas. Their meat section is epic, any kind of meat you can imagine and all of it stored just a little above room temp and rank as hell.
 
2013-02-18 05:21:15 PM

Devolving_Spud: Winn-farking-Dixie.   They should just change their logo to the FAIL tag.


We just call it "Winn-Dirty."
 
2013-02-18 05:34:42 PM
Here in southern NH, it's mainly a three-way battle between Hannaford, Stop & Shop, and Market Basket. Shaw's is in town, too, but I don't know anyone that regularly shops there, mostly lending to price (and I've never heard of them having the quality to match).

Hannaford has been in town the longest, by merit of buying Alexander's in the early '90s. Stop & Shop made a resurgence here probably 10 years ago or so. Both of them play the "high-end" role suitably, but it depends on the store. The Hannaford a mile from my apartment in Manchester has a more limited selection than the store in my hometown of Bedford, ten minutes away. Of course, Bedford is a more upscale community, hence the wider selection.

Market Basket has long been the value leader in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire. They were pretty bare-bones for a long time (they still don't have a company Web site), but they've been investing both in growing the chain to new areas and in revamping old stores. The newest locations are sharp and clean, with in-store bakeries, cafes, and a pizza/sub shop. Supposedly they'd had a gentleman's agreement with Alexander's years ago not to open any stores in Manchester, NH proper, but they've finally done exactly that, opening two stores in the last couple years (one on the border) with a third on the way. Hannaford is fighting that one on a local level, because they don't want the loss of business from another (cheaper) Market Basket.

I'm still surprised that southern NH has yet to attract a Whole Paycheck Foods or a Trader Joe's (there are two TJ's in the state, but one is on the coast in Portsmouth and the other just hopped the border from Mass to Nashua, NH, both a half-hour, 45 minutes from Manchester). The other NH curiosity is that if you travel to Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College and on the Vermont border, you don't see a lot of chain grocery, but there's an OBSESSION with food co-ops. It's something that hasn't trickled down to the "big city" yet.

Still remember Price Chopper from the college days in upstate NY, when there were two choices in town: the Ghetto Chopper or the Good Chopper (the one that had just been built a year or so before). I remember buying gallon jugs of spring water either at Price Chopper or Walmart and wondering what that awful smell was when you'd take the cap off. And we were going to drink that? By senior year, we'd figured out that there was a Hannaford a few miles away, and it was well worth the drive.
 
2013-02-18 05:35:59 PM

Pick: My favorite is Fresh Market here in Gainesville. They are awesome! Fantastic meat selection, and a fresh sushi bar, as well.


yes, we have a Fresh Market south of Atlanta as well and it is awesome.  Great wine selection too.

//don't know what the Garden Fresh Market someone else mentioned above, but can't be the same chain
 
2013-02-18 06:43:29 PM

Oreamnos: My regional ratings (Twin Cities), from best to worst:
1. Cub Foods. I do love my Cub. Only gripe I do have is every store seems to be laid out differently.
2. Lund's & Target (tie). Lund's is pricy but pretty good service and selection; Target is generally well-priced, but limited in selection.
3. Whole Foods. Not really where I want to shop, but they do carry products I can't get elsewhere.
4. Kowalski's, Festival Foods, Jerry's Foods, & Byerly's (tie). Yes I know Lunds and Byerlys are nominally the same (my wife calls them Byerlunds collectively) but I don't care much for Byerly's. Hardly ever shop at the other three, but they all seem OK.
5. Walmart. You know what it is going into it, adjust your expectations accordingly.
6. Rainbow Foods. Definitely the bottom of the barrel. I will go there only to pillage them for loss-leaders like soda pop on a killer sale.

Not ranked: Aldi (never been); Albertsons (there's only one I know of); Super Valu (again, never been in the one I'm aware of). I also do not care for Trader Joe's, but I've never technically bought anything there, only walked in & around two locations on separate occasions, and wasn't impressed.


SuperValu = Cub

It's a conglomerate that owns different chains throughout the country. Albertson's being the most popular one.

Which is funny since Cub is #1 on your list.
 
2013-02-18 06:56:51 PM

erik-k: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Whoever made that list has never been in a Grocery Outlet

/cleanliness means no live rodents visible
//might find a dead one behind that box of cornflakes, though
///or in it

I haven't had any problems with cleanliness at the two Grocery Outlets in Eugene & Springfield. Maybe it boils down to management making sure the stores are kept clean, but I've never seen any insects nor rodents, either dead or alive in either store.

I go to the one on River Road occasionally... It's not unclean, but I wouldn't buy veggies/fruits there. I've seen bugs hovering over some of the produce before, probably because the produce is well past its prime.

I've been to better and worse grocery stores around here but nothing awful, certain not rodents or the like...


Yep. Years ago I used to live about 6 blocks or so from the Springfield Grocery Outlet.

For some reason I've always found it amusing that both the Eugene and Springfield Grocery Outlet stores were former Safeways. And to be fair, the Safeway on River Road always seemed to be poorly lit and dingy looking.
 
2013-02-18 07:02:03 PM

sendtodave: I buy my food from open air stalls, or off the back of a truck, directly from the farmers.

/not hipster
//third world


Best Chinese food I ever had was in a roadside gas station in Costa Rica on the Pan-American highway about 20 km north of the Panamanian border. That's because it was so far out in the boonies, there was no refrigeration or wholesale suppliers: everything they had they got fresh from local farmers.
 
2013-02-18 07:08:34 PM
WOW!!!!  A&P is still around????  I haven't seen one of those in about 20 years.
 
2013-02-18 07:24:10 PM

Mrtraveler01: Oreamnos: My regional ratings (Twin Cities), from best to worst:
1. Cub Foods. I do love my Cub. Only gripe I do have is every store seems to be laid out differently.
2. Lund's & Target (tie). Lund's is pricy but pretty good service and selection; Target is generally well-priced, but limited in selection.
3. Whole Foods. Not really where I want to shop, but they do carry products I can't get elsewhere.
4. Kowalski's, Festival Foods, Jerry's Foods, & Byerly's (tie). Yes I know Lunds and Byerlys are nominally the same (my wife calls them Byerlunds collectively) but I don't care much for Byerly's. Hardly ever shop at the other three, but they all seem OK.
5. Walmart. You know what it is going into it, adjust your expectations accordingly.
6. Rainbow Foods. Definitely the bottom of the barrel. I will go there only to pillage them for loss-leaders like soda pop on a killer sale.

Not ranked: Aldi (never been); Albertsons (there's only one I know of); Super Valu (again, never been in the one I'm aware of). I also do not care for Trader Joe's, but I've never technically bought anything there, only walked in & around two locations on separate occasions, and wasn't impressed.

SuperValu = Cub

It's a conglomerate that owns different chains throughout the country. Albertson's being the most popular one.

Which is funny since Cub is #1 on your list.


I'm very aware of the Cub Foods (retail brand) and SuperValu (wholesaler) relationship. There are--or there used to be, anyway--a few SuperValu-branded retail stores here and there. I've never been in one. I'm pretty sure there used to be one in a strip mall at Portland & American Blvd (it's a Walgreens now), and I think there is still one on Hwy 5 in St. Paul just over the bridge. Maybe they are all sold or rebranded to something else now and I haven't noticed--like I said, I don't shop there so I don't really care. Google suggests it is still there:

SUPERVALUSibley Plaza 2481 7th St W, St Paul, MN 50 ft SCategory: Grocery Store
 
2013-02-18 07:39:17 PM

swannie: Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.

Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.

I have to disagree, we recently got a Woodmans here in North Aurora (Chicago suburbs) and it's awesome.  Big selection, lots of speciality stuff that I don't typically see in Jewel or Dominic's, and they have an awesome liquor store.


I must also disagree, I go to the West side Woodman's in Madison all the time. It is my favorite grocery store, and they have a huge selection at low price. If I had to criticism them, I guess that don't buy much fresh meat there and don't go on the day that the "checks" come in. You also can't get out in less than an hour, if that is a problem, it is so hugely awesome. I also like the way that they treat their employees well and you see the same people working there for years. What's not to like?
 
2013-02-18 07:59:03 PM

pwn3d781: Still remember Price Chopper from the college days in upstate NY, when there were two choices in town: the Ghetto Chopper


I was wondering if anyone would mention Ghetto Chopper... you've been to Troy I take it?
 
2013-02-18 08:09:10 PM
Where I live is surrounded by Food Lions, and I've never had a problem with them. All the ones around here have friendly workers who remember us, are pretty clean and neat, and the prices are way better than the Lowe's Foods which is also close to us. The Lowe's Food is waaaaayyy shiner, but really, we are too poor to pay their prices. The only Food Loin we find sketchy at all is the one we've labelled the "Ghetto Food Lion," though it's more because of location than anything. It's nice and clean when you get inside, but I do always feel like maybe I'm going to be shot or at least WITNESS a shooting just trying to get into the place.

My  mom lived for Harris Tweeter, which is a very nice chain, but is too rich for my blood. Also, too far away.
 
2013-02-18 08:30:23 PM
Whew! No HEB, no Publix.

Aside from the subs, HEB > Publix for a couple of reasons. One, HEB actually has prime meat. Two, HEB's grain/nut dispensers are RIDICULOUS in their variety.

Publix is still good though.
 
2013-02-18 08:40:12 PM
Down the street from my office, we used to have an Asian food store that was fairly well maintained, except for one six-inch gap I noticed between two horizontal refrigerators in the sushi section.  From a certain angle, you could look down the gap and see a perhaps-decades-old pile of putrefying garbage surrounded by mystery stains and filth.  Good sushi, though.
 
2013-02-18 08:56:31 PM

KarmicDisaster: swannie: Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.

Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.

I have to disagree, we recently got a Woodmans here in North Aurora (Chicago suburbs) and it's awesome.  Big selection, lots of speciality stuff that I don't typically see in Jewel or Dominic's, and they have an awesome liquor store.

I must also disagree, I go to the West side Woodman's in Madison all the time. It is my favorite grocery store, and they have a huge selection at low price. If I had to criticism them, I guess that don't buy much fresh meat there and don't go on the day that the "checks" come in. You also can't get out in less than an hour, if that is a problem, it is so hugely awesome. I also like the way that they treat their employees well and you see the same people working there for years. What's not to like?


It has by far the most calls for shoplifting of any store in Madison not to mention the posted photos of people who have been caught on camera jacking purses out of shopping carts; so it is legitimately sketchy. Their produce is very, very terrible, some of the worst in Madison. That said, we still shop there from time to time as they do have good prices on non-perishables and have the best selection of WIC compatible foods (back when our little guy was on WIC).
 
2013-02-18 09:14:19 PM
I'm from Philadelphia, and I have shopped at Acme, PathMark and ShopRite. I would choose ShopRite because the stores are better. Pathmark just suck. Acme has some really good cakes and the prices are good.

I now live in PG County, Maryland and here they have Shoppers and Wegmans (recently opened) along with Walmart, Target, Food Lion, Safeway, and Giant. Shoppers is pretty okay. Wegmans is BOSS. Walmart I hate but go for the low prices at imes. Food Lion I have not been to in over a decade and Safeway I ignore. I love me some Target but their prices are are flip flop from Shoppers and Walmart and their bananas are ALWAYS about 2 days from rotten stage.
 
2013-02-18 09:21:05 PM

The_Homeless_Guy: It has by far the most calls for shoplifting of any store in Madison not to mention the posted photos of people who have been caught on camera jacking purses out of shopping carts; so it is legitimately sketchy. Their produce is very, very terrible, some of the worst in Madison. That said, we still shop there from time to time as they do have good prices on non-perishables and have the best selection of WIC compatible foods (back when our little guy was on WIC).


You'll take the worst Woodman's over a decent to good Pick n' Save any day.
 
2013-02-18 09:37:31 PM
There is such a thing as a decent pick-n-save?
I thought any reason to shop at pns went away when chairman boob took over.
 
2013-02-18 10:07:01 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Murder Kroger

Or any Piggly Wiggly


Interesting. Like anything it probably depends on the location. I love my local Kroger. It's huge, clean and the prices rival Wal-Mart ... which is huge, but crowded and nasty.

Albertson's was ok but then got the bright idea to create a more "personal" service by removing the self-checkouts. I only ever went there because it was the closest thing to my house, usually when I needed to get in and out quick. Now they only ever have 2 lines open and no self-checkout so it's pointless.
 
2013-02-18 10:21:39 PM

FreakinB: 47 is the new 42: LemSkroob: We need a wegmans in my area, if for no other reason than the 'make your own 6-pack' section.

We could also use a Hannaford, but for now, its Trader Joes. I refuse Whole Foods.

I clicked your profile to see if you had your location, and now I'm wondering where in New York you could be where there is neither a Wegmans not a Hannaford but a Trader Joes and Whole Foods.

Obviously I'm not him, but I'd imagine he's somewhere around NYC. We have TJ's and Whole Foods, I've never even heard of Hannaford, and the nearest Wegman's is in Jersey. Like I said before, we need Wegman's on Long Island. Though I'm sure King Kullen and Waldbaum's would fight it tooth and nail.


Yeah, im in the City. We have TJs and WholeFoods. I've seen Wegmans when i was upstate NY (fingerlakes) and Hannaford is around in the Hudson Valley.

There is a Fairway now, so that good. Still, i would like a bigger selection.
 
2013-02-18 10:45:20 PM

HighlanderRPI: pwn3d781: Still remember Price Chopper from the college days in upstate NY, when there were two choices in town: the Ghetto Chopper

I was wondering if anyone would mention Ghetto Chopper... you've been to Troy I take it?


Four blissful years, '00-'04. I think it was '03 that the Ghetto Chopper closed due to a fire, and was replaced by some kind of low-rent pay-for-your-own-bags grocery joint. I think there's a Save-A-Lot in that plaza now. Not that I have many fond memories of the Chopper there; one trip, and we knew to get a ride to the better one.
 
2013-02-18 11:11:27 PM
Don't know about worst, but the BEST supermarket is clearly

www.stewleonards.com

God I love that place.
 
2013-02-18 11:37:59 PM
Good gosh do I miss stew Leonard's as well.
My father used to live nearby and that was always a stop when we visited him. In the summer their lobster cookouts as well. Cheap, good, and fun.

At one time a supermarket tried to copy them in NH, down to the robotic characters.
 
2013-02-19 12:18:56 AM
If you happen to be driving in WI / Northern IL and see a Woodmans, do yourself a favor and visit the liquor department.  The place near me is the size of a barn and regularly brings in microbrews that you would never see ANYWHERE in Illinois.  State has a law that basically says if you have a contract w/ a liquor distributor, you take what they give you and like it.
 
2013-02-19 12:49:00 AM

beerbaron: 12349876: How much is it costing you to run around town?

All of these places are within a mile. Run around town? All three miles? Once a week?


Not everyone is so lucky.  And it's still extra time.
 
2013-02-19 02:10:25 AM

The_Homeless_Guy: KarmicDisaster: swannie: Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.

Don't care, though, because I live a couple miles from a Wegman's, the greatest grocery store in the world.

I have to disagree, we recently got a Woodmans here in North Aurora (Chicago suburbs) and it's awesome.  Big selection, lots of speciality stuff that I don't typically see in Jewel or Dominic's, and they have an awesome liquor store.

I must also disagree, I go to the West side Woodman's in Madison all the time. It is my favorite grocery store, and they have a huge selection at low price. If I had to criticism them, I guess that don't buy much fresh meat there and don't go on the day that the "checks" come in. You also can't get out in less than an hour, if that is a problem, it is so hugely awesome. I also like the way that they treat their employees well and you see the same people working there for years. What's not to like?

It has by far the most calls for shoplifting of any store in Madison not to mention the posted photos of people who have been caught on camera jacking purses out of shopping carts; so it is legitimately sketchy. Their produce is very, very terrible, some of the worst in Madison. That said, we still shop there from time to time as they do have good prices on non-perishables and have the best selection of WIC compatible foods (back when our little guy was on WIC).


Totally agree about the produce.  I've found some nasty, rotting stuff before.  And the one by me (east side - Milwaukee St) is a shiathole.
 
2013-02-19 02:12:18 AM
We get spoiled by how nice the grocery stores are here in St. Louis. A 'bad" Schnucks store or an older Dierbergs will trump a nice grocery in a lot of cities. Everyone who moves away says it's the first thing they miss.

Plus it helps keep the Aldis and Shop n Saves in line.
 
2013-02-19 06:50:48 AM

Sprachkundige: Don't know about worst, but the BEST supermarket is clearly

[www.stewleonards.com image 600x180]

God I love that place.


Fun place to go and good food. But not an every day place for most people.
 
2013-02-19 05:01:14 PM
Say what you want about Flordia, at least we've got Publix. And Publix is awesome.
 
2013-02-19 09:19:40 PM

Oreamnos: I'm pretty sure there used to be one in a strip mall at Portland & American Blvd (it's a Walgreens now)


It used to be a Red Owl, then I think they changed to a SuperValu for a short time before they closed.  Shopped in it for a while, before they closed all the neighborhood markets and shifted to Cub.
 
2013-02-20 04:21:11 AM

Greta_VanHouten: The Shoprite near me used to be nice but it's gone ghetto.  All the cashiers and stock clerks are now surly Job Corps grads instead of the reasonably pleasant variety of people I used to see working there.


You'd prefer the surly Job Corps grads be back on welfare!?
 
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