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2013-02-17 05:15:17 PM
3 votes:
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 06:49:19 PM
2 votes:
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 04:29:57 PM
2 votes:
April 2012

timely find, subby
2013-02-17 04:27:36 PM
2 votes:
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 04:13:44 PM
2 votes:
Deslided On The Right. Fark slideshows.
2013-02-17 03:48:04 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-02-19 05:01:14 PM
1 votes:
Say what you want about Flordia, at least we've got Publix. And Publix is awesome.
2013-02-19 12:18:56 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-02-18 11:11:27 PM
1 votes:
Don't know about worst, but the BEST supermarket is clearly

www.stewleonards.com

God I love that place.
2013-02-18 07:34:33 AM
1 votes:
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 06:06:31 AM
1 votes:
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 03:15:04 AM
1 votes:

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 12:33:44 AM
1 votes:
No love for HEB?

I LOVES the HEB!

Must not be any Texans in here...
2013-02-17 10:08:55 PM
1 votes:
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 08:55:20 PM
1 votes:
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 08:24:44 PM
1 votes:
Winn-farking-Dixie.   They should just change their logo to the FAIL tag.
2013-02-17 07:43:11 PM
1 votes:

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


Hard to believe A&P is still in business.
2013-02-17 07:42:21 PM
1 votes:
This thread needs more skeptical third world child.
2013-02-17 07:24:59 PM
1 votes:
Surprised this hasn't yet turned into a 'I Heart Publix Subs' thread.
2013-02-17 07:14:50 PM
1 votes:
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 06:23:07 PM
1 votes:
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/keep the damn quarter
2013-02-17 06:08:17 PM
1 votes:

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 05:12:32 PM
1 votes:

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 05:05:03 PM
1 votes:
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 04:42:43 PM
1 votes:
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 04:31:40 PM
1 votes:
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 03:08:14 PM
1 votes:
Any grocery store with aisles that go the wrong way.  I cannot shop like that.
 
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