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(Orlando Sentinel)   Uppity urbanites upset that Walmart is infringing on Publix territory   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 87
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2013-04-14 12:30:41 PM
I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.
 
2013-04-14 01:10:26 PM
The only real benefit to any Wal-Mart, including the Neighborhood Markets (which there are a couple of around here) is that they're open 24 hours.  If I need something after traditional stores are closed I'll go, otherwise I'll pass.  I haven't noticed the prices being any better than you can get at Publix, especially if you take advantage of the BOGO and weekly sales at Publix.

As far as grocery chains go Publix is pretty decent.  The produce is a bit more expensive than other chains in the area, but it is fresh.  The pre-prepared stuff is good for the most part, and the deli has Boar's Head stuff which is good.  My biggest complaint is that they don't have salad bars like seemingly every grocery store in the northeast does.  That was often my dinner plan when I lived up there, stop at Acme, make a nice salad at the salad bar on the way home from work.
 
2013-04-14 03:52:55 PM

UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.


Love Publix. Should I ever move out of Florida (which is likely within the next couple of years), I will sorely miss Publix. They're all clean and I love their tea. They recently put out a Chai (limited time only, damn it) that was fantastic as a latte (and much cheaper than anything else).

TuteTibiImperes: My biggest complaint is that they don't have salad bars


Depends on the Publix. The one near me doesn't (also doesn't make sushi, which I miss), but the one over by campus has a huge produce/deli area with a salad/olive bar.
 
2013-04-14 04:16:00 PM
Can't beat the Publix bakery.
 
2013-04-14 04:22:09 PM
I can relate to Wal-Mart. I always hate it when people try to get all up in my Publix region too.

Luckily, the crabs tend to keep them at bay.
 
2013-04-14 04:24:06 PM
I miss Publix deli sandwiches.
 
2013-04-14 04:24:44 PM
When we vacation at the beach in Florida, we only shop at Publix.  In areas with lots of traffic from out of towners, such as me, they still maintain a clean and friendly store.  The prices are slight more than what I am used to at home, but not enough worry over.  The meat, beer, produce and other selections are good.  Wish they had some further down I-10...
 
2013-04-14 04:25:38 PM

UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.


They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade.  But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.
 
2013-04-14 04:30:08 PM

Sugarbombs: UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.

They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade.  But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.


That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days?  We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.
 
2013-04-14 04:38:19 PM

UNC_Samurai: Sugarbombs: UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.

They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade.  But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.

That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days?  We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.


I can't comment in comparison to Food Lion or Piggly Wiggly (no experience with either) but there's a Winn-Dixie sort of near me, and since they're open on holidays when Publix is closed I'll occasionally go out there.  It's not as clean/bright/modern as Publix or Sweetbay, but it's a step or two above the ghetto grocery stores like Save-A-Lot or U-Save (or Pathmark from up north).  They bug you about actually having the store card to get the sale prices, which bugs me, but they do have hands down the absolute best pre-made chicken salad I've found anywhere, so I go there sometimes just for that.
 
2013-04-14 04:43:14 PM
For some things, such as produce, she prefers Publix.  But "the butter is the same wherever you go," said Huber, 47, pushing a cart through the Walmart store. "So if it's cheaper here, and I need it, I'll buy it here."

Just don't be upset when one day Walmart or drive 10 miles are your only choices
 
2013-04-14 04:43:46 PM
"Urbans", subby.  The correct and proper term is "urbans".
 
2013-04-14 04:49:23 PM
There are Winco stores near me. They are cheaper than Walmart on just about everything.
 
2013-04-14 04:56:51 PM
When I moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Victoria, TX one of the biggest factors that contributed to the culture shock was being forced to go from Publix to H.E.B.  HEB is kind of a ghetto Winn Dixie if you can imagine that.

The only other choice was Wal-Mart and there was no farking way I would shop there.  Back in FL, and blessedly shopping at Publix.
 
2013-04-14 05:00:36 PM

Sugarbombs: UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.

They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade.  But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.


I got to use one of those when I lived on Key Biscayne.  Totally fun to watch the newbies (unless you are in a hurry)
 
2013-04-14 05:01:46 PM
Helped a temporarily disabled friend do some shopping and since he's under-employed he had me take him a Wal-Mart grocery.

I am NOT a fan of Wal-Mart in any way shape or form but as for their grocery stores?

Cheaper prices than my local 'big box' store and more selection too.

Very surprising.
 
2013-04-14 05:35:10 PM
Really didn't like the neighborhood market that just opened near me. It seemed like the Sam's club of grocery stores. Sterile warehouse feel. Gray stone floors, black shelving, not inviting at all.
 
2013-04-14 05:38:55 PM

TuteTibiImperes: UNC_Samurai: Sugarbombs: UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.

They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade.  But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.

That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days?  We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.

I can't comment in comparison to Food Lion or Piggly Wiggly (no experience with either) but there's a Winn-Dixie sort of near me, and since they're open on holidays when Publix is closed I'll occasionally go out there.  It's not as clean/bright/modern as Publix or Sweetbay, but it's a step or two above the ghetto grocery stores like Save-A-Lot or U-Save (or Pathmark from up north).  They bug you about actually having the store card to get the sale prices, which bugs me, but they do have hands down the absolute best pre-made chicken salad I've found anywhere, so I go there sometimes just for that.


The loyalty card is just a fact of shopping life now.  Every damn store up here, down to the chain drug stores - use the damn things.  I don't mind a grocery store using it for weekly loss leader sales, but if I get a flyer from CVS saying they've got cotton balls on sale, I shouldn't need a damn card to get the sale price.
 
2013-04-14 05:46:16 PM

UNC_Samurai: TuteTibiImperes: UNC_Samurai: Sugarbombs: UNC_Samurai: I've heard some decent things about Publix as a chain.  At the moment they're the likely party to buy Harris Teeter.

They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade.  But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.

That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days?  We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.

I can't comment in comparison to Food Lion or Piggly Wiggly (no experience with either) but there's a Winn-Dixie sort of near me, and since they're open on holidays when Publix is closed I'll occasionally go out there.  It's not as clean/bright/modern as Publix or Sweetbay, but it's a step or two above the ghetto grocery stores like Save-A-Lot or U-Save (or Pathmark from up north).  They bug you about actually having the store card to get the sale prices, which bugs me, but they do have hands down the absolute best pre-made chicken salad I've found anywhere, so I go there sometimes just for that.

The loyalty card is just a fact of shopping life now.  Every damn store up here, down to the chain drug stores - use the damn things.  I don't mind a grocery store using it for weekly loss leader sales, but if I get a flyer from CVS saying they've got cotton balls on sale, I shouldn't need a damn card to get the sale price.


Neither Publix nor Sweetbay require the cards to get the deals, so it just makes Winn Dixie stand out for still using that system.  Walgreens recently went on a hardcore loyalty card binge - they used to never require one, at least around here, but now they do, and you can't even ask the cashier to just scan the 'store card' like you can most placed to get the price without having to give them your info.  I prefer CVS anyway, but that really sealed the deal with me.
 
2013-04-14 06:25:22 PM
The Publix where I live is basically a more ghetto version of Walmart that costs twice as much.  We figure the extra cost goes toward getting to watch a live-action Tyler Perry movie for free.
 
2013-04-14 06:31:34 PM
Publix is employee-owned.  Its CEO was paid $994K in 2011. It is nearly the antithesis of Walmart.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-05-08/business/os-cfb-kassa b- publix-ceo-paid-less-20110508_1_publix-crenshaw-ceos

So if you care about more than saving a penny on bananas, perhaps you should be concerned about this threat to Publix.
 
2013-04-14 06:37:41 PM
Publix sells Oberon and Schuler's Cheese.  Walmart does not. That is all I need to know.
 
2013-04-14 06:53:14 PM

wiseolddude: There are Winco stores near me. They are cheaper than Walmart on just about everything.


Not only that but WinCo is growing fast.  Right now I know of 8 either in the early stages of construction or on the drafting boards.  Every grocery store chain had best be paying attention or they'll go the way of Albertsons.
 
2013-04-14 06:57:20 PM
What I told my kid when he complained that we were going to Publix to shop, instead of Walmart (which has a toy department:

"Because I want to buy food that is made out of food."

/If I want chap food, I go to Aldi's.  Thus far the food from there seems to be made from food.  (as opposed to hamburger that boils itself instead of frying, etc)
 
2013-04-14 07:08:08 PM

UNC_Samurai: That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days? We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.


I'm surprised by Winn Dixie.  until recently, I always thought Publix had better product at higher prices.  But recently, Winn Dixie seems significantly more expensive for meh quality.

Of course my old opinion was formed in Palm Bay, after William, Cruise shot up the local Winn Dixie (instigated by a bag boy that worked at the Publix across the street).   Maybe WD just got depressed, and didn't keep the old place up.

/The fact that the OUT doors at Publix wouldn't let Cruise in from outside saved Publix
//Don't know why he went across the street instead of over to the IN doors.
 
2013-04-14 07:10:17 PM
All the comments here seem to sum up what I'm thinking -- in several ways, Walmart is not really competition for Publix. They are two stores of very different experiences and purposes.
 
2013-04-14 07:21:50 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The only real benefit to any Wal-Mart, including the Neighborhood Markets (which there are a couple of around here) is that they're open 24 hours.  If I need something after traditional stores are closed I'll go, otherwise I'll pass.  I haven't noticed the prices being any better than you can get at Publix, especially if you take advantage of the BOGO and weekly sales at Publix.

As far as grocery chains go Publix is pretty decent.  The produce is a bit more expensive than other chains in the area, but it is fresh.  The pre-prepared stuff is good for the most part, and the deli has Boar's Head stuff which is good.  My biggest complaint is that they don't have salad bars like seemingly every grocery store in the northeast does.  That was often my dinner plan when I lived up there, stop at Acme, make a nice salad at the salad bar on the way home from work.


I miss Byerly's myself. They hired (granted, this was a few years ago) honest to goodness butchers and bakers. You could shop at Cub and save a few dollars, possibly. Byerly's had better "dates" on the food, especially dairy products, which meant you could stock up a bit on better prices.
 
2013-04-14 07:44:39 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: UNC_Samurai: That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days? We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.

I'm surprised by Winn Dixie.  until recently, I always thought Publix had better product at higher prices.  But recently, Winn Dixie seems significantly more expensive for meh quality.

Of course my old opinion was formed in Palm Bay, after William, Cruise shot up the local Winn Dixie (instigated by a bag boy that worked at the Publix across the street).   Maybe WD just got depressed, and didn't keep the old place up.

/The fact that the OUT doors at Publix wouldn't let Cruise in from outside saved Publix
//Don't know why he went across the street instead of over to the IN doors.


I never knew that last tidbit of information.
 
2013-04-14 07:53:53 PM

UNC_Samurai: That raises another question - how is Winn-Dixie these days?  We haven't had them in eastern NC since the mid-90s, and back then they were much closer to Food Lion in quality than, say, Piggly Wiggly.


The one Winn Dixie in Sarasota must be a flagship store as they are trying to compete with Publix, Whole Foods and Morton's.  They even have a chef preparing meals for people to pick up on the way home.

The newest Publix here is a two-story version with escalators and elevators.  You hook the cart into a conveyor to get it downstairs.
 
2013-04-14 08:02:45 PM
Two reasons to go to Publix:

Subs
Fried chicken

Thank Cthulhu I have relatives in Florida.
 
2013-04-14 08:05:00 PM

Sugarbombs: They can be hit or miss, with stores near high-end communities being temples built to honor food, and the stores near low-end communities being Winn-Dixie grade. But the chain has also learned to embrace the cartalator, and that's always fun.


The most surprising example of this I've lived with is the Shoppers Food Warehouse in Fells Point, Baltimore.  Usually, SFW is on par with Save-A-Lot, but this store is in a higher-income neighborhood, and has very little competition.  Incredible produce selection, reliable quality.  Couldn't shop there unless I had a ride (until I got my truck).

Contrast this with another fine example, the "Un"Safeway in West Baltimore.  Produce literally rotting on the shelves.  And yet, the same high prices as I saw at the Safeways in yuppie neighborhoods.  It was disgraceful. Until I got my wheels, I had to shop here.  And only on Sundays, when the streets were full of church-goers.
 
2013-04-14 08:06:44 PM
In regards to the Winn Dixie card, you actually NEED the card because the more you buy the more you can save on gas.  I usually shop at the Winn Dixie liquor store and routinely pay 50-80 cents less per gallon on gas because of it.  I bought vodka one day because it instantly gave me $.50 per gallon of gas.

Publix doesn't do that and I prefer shopping at Publix.   Also, when it comes down to Publix or Wal Mart, the Publix employees are usually nicer (and cuter) than the Wal Mart employees and know how to handle food better as well.
 
2013-04-14 08:24:32 PM

Marisyana: Two reasons to go to Publix:

Subs
Fried chicken

Thank Cthulhu I have relatives in Florida.


Their Cubans and hot and spicy wings are the bombdigity.
 
2013-04-14 08:30:16 PM
T

jchic: Marisyana: Two reasons to go to Publix:

Subs
Fried chicken

Thank Cthulhu I have relatives in Florida.

Their Cubans and hot and spicy wings are the bombdigity.


Their Cubans don't hold a candle to a good one from an actual Cuban restaurant, but if there are places in FL without Cuban restaurants they're OK.

I'm with you 100% on the other subs and the fried chicken though. Better than KFC for half the price. I love the turkey/gouda/bacon/cranberry sub they roll out around the holidays. If they offered that year round I'd be at Publix even more.
 
2013-04-14 08:41:55 PM

TuteTibiImperes: T
jchic: Marisyana: Two reasons to go to Publix:

Subs
Fried chicken

Thank Cthulhu I have relatives in Florida.

Their Cubans and hot and spicy wings are the bombdigity.

Their Cubans don't hold a candle to a good one from an actual Cuban restaurant, but if there are places in FL without Cuban restaurants they're OK.

I'm with you 100% on the other subs and the fried chicken though. Better than KFC for half the price. I love the turkey/gouda/bacon/cranberry sub they roll out around the holidays. If they offered that year round I'd be at Publix even more.


They have a new Asian BBQ sub that you might like, especially if you like banh mi sandwiches. I thought it was very good, though it could have used more pickled carrots and cucumbers.

A few weeks ago, my local Publix also had empanadas and beef croquettes at the deli (which I bought up), but they haven't had them since. Really good Cuban food is one of the reasons I miss Miami. I will stab a b*tch for some tostones, a medianoche and a tamarind soda.
 
2013-04-14 08:56:02 PM
There is no bigger shock then moving from Rochester, NY to Houston, TX and taking the huge downgrade form Wegmans to HEB/Randalls/Kroger. When I visit back home, I walk into Wegmans like a crack addict looking for a  fix.
 
2013-04-14 09:08:39 PM
Wal-Mart keeps poor people poor.  I don't understand why President Obama hasn't shut them down yet.
 
2013-04-14 09:09:08 PM
I hear Publix farking owns

fark walmart
 
2013-04-14 09:39:57 PM
Even though some items are more expensive in the Publix (when not on sale, of which Publix has numerous enough sales to keep yourself stocked with a little planning), the quality is far better. My local stores feature a decent selection of beer (including a craft beer wall, though often half-stocked with fakes from the big guys), great bakery, excellent subs and fried chicken and rotisserie chicken and more, and high quality produce. Not to mention I get actual service including checking for deals for me, bagging my groceries properly, and offering to help me to my car, and the place is clean and bright and inviting.
 
2013-04-14 10:03:10 PM
I recently moved to Tampa and thought a grocery store would be the same wherever you go. Now, I understand there are regional pricing differences on things like produce and meat, but everything at Publix is overpriced, and yes, aside from Wal-Mart markets they're the only grocery store around.

I want my HEB...
 
2013-04-14 10:21:46 PM
The only reasons to pick Walmart over Publix are:

1. You absolutely need something and Publix is closed (like a quart of milk at 11PM)
2. It's an item that Publix does not carry (like Comstock Lemon Pie Filling)

A shopping cart full of items doesn't fit very well on the tiny counter at the Walmart checkouts either.

/do you really want to buy that package of steaks that's been restocked to the meat section after hanging out in the shoe department for the past 10 hours?
 
2013-04-14 10:37:44 PM
I miss Publix.  It seemed to serve that niche that is not filled any many towns across america.  I like what whole foods is doing, but dont like paying whole foods prices.  I dont like going to walmart and only finding mass produced crap.  Publix has a little bit of both.
 
2013-04-14 10:38:58 PM

Propain_az: Wal-Mart keeps poor people poor.  I don't understand why President Obama hasn't shut them down yet.


Guess which voice I read that in...

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mapyn6thIp1ruqc5go1_1280.png

One day WalMart declared they would no longer sell deodorant sticks in cardboard boxes. That changed how everyone got deodorant, saving millions of trees and saving consumers millions of dollars. Combine that little bit of strong arm with trend setting changes in warehousing and inventory management practices and they caused everyone else to get more efficient. Or else.

And now WalMart is building one of their superstores in a very black part of Dallas. An area served by a small number of sketchy grocery stores that'll have to shape up or fark off. Hmm, I wonder if I can catch them doing the same sort of stuff I caught Brookshires doing back in Tyler, where the store on the north end of town was significantly more expensive than on the south side.
 
2013-04-14 10:42:37 PM
Publix's differentiator is service.

Sure they'll print the "You Saved $$$" at the bottom of the receipts like all the other guys, but the real jist about Publix is that middle incomers will shop their hoping to run into less minorities and poor folk down the aisles.  Words associated with Publix like cleaner, fresher, quality don't just apply to what's on the shelves.
 
2013-04-14 11:09:24 PM
publix is expensive and i rarely shop there. ingles, food lion and bi-lo easily beat their every day prices. if my local publix is cleaner then the others i mentioned i think its only because they have less customers. i don't care about a stores subs, chicken, bakery, and other ready made food because i hardly eat out. often their local produce is a embarrassment quality wise but the imported stuff is nice but again way more expensive then it should be.
 
2013-04-14 11:15:19 PM
Publix is the best thing going in the Southeast.   Is it a little bit pricier?  Yes.  A  little bit. It is always clean, EVERYONE is always as nice and courteous and helpful as they could be,   And they cash my paycheck because I'm a scumbag and don't have a checking account.

/Gf works at WD
//We always go to Publix
///"Where does Milk come from Rusty?" -- My grandpa, to me, at age 2 (thinking I would say a cow).  "Publix Pappaw!"
 
2013-04-14 11:18:23 PM

bennett311: Publix's differentiator is service.

Sure they'll print the "You Saved $$$" at the bottom of the receipts like all the other guys, but the real jist about Publix is that middle incomers will shop their hoping to run into less minorities and poor folk down the aisles.  Words associated with Publix like cleaner, fresher, quality don't just apply to what's on the shelves.


Nice try, but I run into plenty of poor people buying 1 or 2 things, and even when I was at my worst financially, I always got a few things there.   Sure, you can buy chicken at Save-a-lot or Aldi, but I'm pretty sure its past its date.  And even if it wasn't, I'm not gonna buy it anyways.  I see plenty of scary black people and sketchy minorities buying things in Publix.   

Could it be that they just like to be treated like regular people?  Maybe?
 
2013-04-14 11:39:40 PM

Third Day Mark: bennett311: Publix's differentiator is service.

Sure they'll print the "You Saved $$$" at the bottom of the receipts like all the other guys, but the real jist about Publix is that middle incomers will shop their hoping to run into less minorities and poor folk down the aisles.  Words associated with Publix like cleaner, fresher, quality don't just apply to what's on the shelves.

Nice try, but I run into plenty of poor people buying 1 or 2 things, and even when I was at my worst financially, I always got a few things there.   Sure, you can buy chicken at Save-a-lot or Aldi, but I'm pretty sure its past its date.  And even if it wasn't, I'm not gonna buy it anyways.  I see plenty of scary black people and sketchy minorities buying things in Publix.   

Could it be that they just like to be treated like regular people?  Maybe?


I've seen a pretty broad cross section of age and race shopping at Publix.  It does depend on the store, the one nearest me is in a shopping center that primarily serves a huge gated community, so the clientele tends to be older white folks.  At the Publix in an older part of town near my work, it tends to be a little bit more diverse.

What I don't ever see at either of them is random packages of stuff like chicken or chips that people felt like they didn't need and decided to just stuff on whatever shelf was nearest to them instead of walking the thirty feet to put it back where it belongs, or products laying on the ground because someone knocked them off the shelf and didn't take the ten seconds to pick it up.  I always get a working shopping cart, instead of one that has one or more wheels that are perpetually crooked or mis-balanced and always pulling to the side or banging with every rotation.  While there are families with children, the people shopping there usually keep their kids in check - I don't have to dodge screaming kids running around asking 'mommy! mommy! can I get this?'.  Check out tends to be quick - people respect the express line limits for the most part, and I haven't yet ended up behind someone with two carts full of stuff trying to figure out what qualifies for food stamps and what doesn't, holding everybody else up in line.

The difference in the experience between Publix and Wal-Mart is night and day.  Even if it were considerably more expensive, I'd still shop at Publix, but if I stick to what's on sale and the buy-one-get-one promotions, I usually end up spending considerably less than I would at Wal-Mart anyway.  That they treat their employees like real people is only icing on the cake.  It's a win-win all around.
 
2013-04-14 11:54:38 PM
I'll never get the love for Publix.

Their store brand stuff tends to be dirt cheap, and they have good sales -- so I'll give them that, but that's it.

I find that the price of produce to be pretty lousy, and the quality is not that great. Ditto for meats and fish. I rather pay more for these things at Whole Foods or The Fresh Market. I also have yet to visit a Publix that has a bulk grain section or a quality selection of cheese.

Pretty much all I buy at Publix are household cleaners and other odds-and-ends, like plastic bags or parchment paper.
 
2013-04-15 12:02:30 AM
I compared the prices of Wal-Mart to my locally owned (not mom-n-pop, but local at least). I expected to find Wal-Mart cheaper, but was wondering how much cheaper it would have to be to justify actually having to go to Wal-Mart and enduring that sh*tstorm.

Turns out that Wally World was cheaper as expected, but nowhere near what their reputation holds. For a typical $100 run, I might save $5. More to the point, they don't have all the SE Louisiana goodies I crave, and the service sucks. And who doesn't want to keep their money in their own community? I mean, we're talking pocket change that you're saving...and many times the local places have sales that make it even cheaper than Wal-Mart, so it eventually comes out in the wash.

There's a reason Wal-Mart has had years to kill my neighborhood groceries but hasn't been able to.

/Breaux Mart
//Rouse's
///obscure?
 
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