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.
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.
Gough: Smeggy Smurf: You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the listBut when are you going to fix my local store, hmmm?
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.
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.
davidphogan: New Seasons
Dallymo: New Seasons
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Harry_Seldon: New Seasons
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.
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.
penthesilea: davidphogan: New SeasonsDallymo: New SeasonsCreativeFarkHandle: New SeasonsHarry_Seldon: New SeasonsI 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
beerbaron: If you are buying everything at one store you are paying too much.
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
Prank Call of Cthulhu: No Woodman's? List fails, or author has never been to Madison, WI.
12349876: How much is it costing you to run around town?
Smeggy Smurf: Gough: Smeggy Smurf: You are welcome for WinCo Foods not making the listBut 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.
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
Adolf Oliver Nipples: Food Lion and Weis have had those reputations for a very long time.
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 itI 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.
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