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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.
 
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