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2021-03-03 9:35:54 PM  
Since nobody here ever RsTFA:  "Hypermarket" is the European word for "something like Meijer, where they have groceries, clothes, automotive supplies, toys, electronics, and $OTHER_STUFF all in one store and the prices are reasonable."  When I lived in MI, Meijer was my go-to for most things.  Meijer doesn't exist in AZ, which is annoying.  Also, one of my relatives worked part-time for Meijer for a while, and she said they treated their employees very well considering that it was retail and they were exposed to the general public.  YMMV.  EPID.
 
2021-03-03 9:49:36 PM  
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Where shopping feels so good, Itellyouwhut.
 
2021-03-03 9:50:11 PM  
There's a mega Kroger close by.  You know, because you might want a new couch while you're picking up milk, bread, eggs, deodorant, cat litter, hemorrhoid crime, and beer.
 
2021-03-03 9:51:02 PM  

markie_farkie: There's a mega Kroger close by.  You know, because you might want a new couch while you're picking up milk, bread, eggs, deodorant, cat litter, hemorrhoid crime, and beer.


Cream.
 
2021-03-03 9:58:06 PM  
In Houston? H.E.B.
In Seattle? QFC
Globally? Carrefour (*sobs uncontrollably*)
 
2021-03-03 10:09:47 PM  
I prefer none of them.
We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....
 
2021-03-03 10:23:26 PM  

markie_farkie: markie_farkie: There's a mega Kroger close by.  You know, because you might want a new couch while you're picking up milk, bread, eggs, deodorant, cat litter, hemorrhoid crime, and beer.

Cream.


First one, then the other.
 
2021-03-03 10:24:12 PM  

Exluddite: I prefer none of them. We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....


Retiree-like typing detected.  If you had the choice between "go to store A for produce, store B for bread, store C for meat, store D for eggs/milk, and store E for other" or "go to store N for all of the above", you'd choose the latter unless you had a metric fark-ton of spare time.  Les français aiment les hypermarchés, n-est'ce pas?  When it comes down to money and time, (convenience >> most stuff) according to what people actually do.
 
2021-03-03 10:29:11 PM  
Mine has everything
Luxue utrnzes

And little people in the fitting rooms.

And cemeusged ice in the lavatory urinals, scented with brillywag
 
2021-03-03 10:29:56 PM  
A hypermarket as defined in TFA? Meijer but that's 20 miles away.  The local Kroger is 1/2 mile away & has probably 60-70% of what the Meijer would carry. And of that 30-40% of missing items, most are somewhat specialty items/not normally stuff I'd be looking for that I'd probably just order it on Amazon & have it shipped here if I was looking to buy it.

Would rather shop local, but I'd have to drive 'way' out of my way & completely out of 'local' to do so.  So between the Kroger & Aldi here in town, that's where we tend to go.
 
2021-03-03 10:35:53 PM  

Exluddite: I prefer none of them.
We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....


I'm not going to six different stores to do my weekly shopping. There's a reason supermarkets took off when they did in the early 20th Century: ease of use and monetary savings.
 
2021-03-03 10:40:36 PM  

danceswithcrows: Exluddite: I prefer none of them. We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....

Retiree-like typing detected.  If you had the choice between "go to store A for produce, store B for bread, store C for meat, store D for eggs/milk, and store E for other" or "go to store N for all of the above", you'd choose the latter unless you had a metric fark-ton of spare time.  Les français aiment les hypermarchés, n-est'ce pas?  When it comes down to money and time, (convenience >> most stuff) according to what people actually do.


Not retired by a long shot. I find it well worth my while to go to somewhat specialized stores for my shopping. They have better quality and more knowledgeable and attentive people working there. I can get in and out of any of them in a fraction of the time I'd spend just getting to the front door of some Megalomart.
In my experience, there is no store in existence that sells both produce and clothes where the clothes aren't shoddy and the produce isn't crap.
 
2021-03-03 10:56:41 PM  

Exluddite: Not retired by a long shot. I find it well worth my while to go to somewhat specialized stores for my shopping. They have better quality and more knowledgeable and attentive people working there. I can get in and out of any of them in a fraction of the time I'd spend just getting to the front door of some Megalomart.


Which city do you live in?  AFAICT, it is totally not normal for specialty stores to be faster and easier than a Meijer-equivalent.  (If you're living in Montréal, that's kind of a special case, most of North America is not like that.)  Also, you did not mention "cheaper", and at least half of the general population kind of has to get groceries at the cheapest price possible.  Meijer et al have much better economies of scale than La Boulangerie de Papi, and they pass at least some of those economies on to their customers.
 
2021-03-03 11:19:44 PM  

Exluddite: danceswithcrows: Exluddite: I prefer none of them. We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....

Retiree-like typing detected.  If you had the choice between "go to store A for produce, store B for bread, store C for meat, store D for eggs/milk, and store E for other" or "go to store N for all of the above", you'd choose the latter unless you had a metric fark-ton of spare time.  Les français aiment les hypermarchés, n-est'ce pas?  When it comes down to money and time, (convenience >> most stuff) according to what people actually do.

Not retired by a long shot. I find it well worth my while to go to somewhat specialized stores for my shopping. They have better quality and more knowledgeable and attentive people working there. I can get in and out of any of them in a fraction of the time I'd spend just getting to the front door of some Megalomart.
In my experience, there is no store in existence that sells both produce and clothes where the clothes aren't shoddy and the produce isn't crap.


You may be able to get out of an individual store quicker, but going to a butcher, bakery, dry goods, farmer's market, etc... Time adds up fast, including driving. Plenty of people simply don't have that time (or gas money) to be able to go to half a dozen stores.
 
2021-03-03 11:20:18 PM  
Costco

They love me.
 
2021-03-03 11:36:37 PM  
Not so much a preference as the only big box/hypermarket available in my smallish town, Walmart. And even then it's small for a Supercenter. It's more a larger version of Walmart's Neighborhood Market. Doesn't have an in store deli or bakery either.
 
2021-03-03 11:40:07 PM  
Big stores are a big hassle.  Do you people even know a Wawa is?
 
2021-03-04 12:04:07 AM  

danceswithcrows: Since nobody here ever RsTFA:  "Hypermarket" is the European word for "something like Meijer, where they have groceries, clothes, automotive supplies, toys, electronics, and $OTHER_STUFF all in one store and the prices are reasonable."  When I lived in MI, Meijer was my go-to for most things.  Meijer doesn't exist in AZ, which is annoying.  Also, one of my relatives worked part-time for Meijer for a while, and she said they treated their employees very well considering that it was retail and they were exposed to the general public.  YMMV.  EPID.


Have you tried Fry's? It's not terrible.
 
2021-03-04 12:17:54 AM  
Only ones I can think of in town are Walmart supercenters and I'm not about experience that living hell ever again

Unless you also want to include warehouse stores like Costco and Sam's Club, which aren't hypermarkets.
 
2021-03-04 1:18:14 AM  
I would rather like to find local stores that have everything I need, but I live in a small town, where there's not much to offer. Home improvement supplies, I buy locally, but there's an ACE True Value hardware store owned by this tight-ass beeotch who doesn't give refunds on anything, nor store credit if you buy the wrong thing, you're screwed. I have to buy most of my stuff at Walmart, because that's the only Hypermarket on the mountain.

I'd like to see a Costco or a Target up here, but with Walmart, the competition would be too fierce to have a monopoly or duopoly.
 
2021-03-04 1:28:00 AM  
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2021-03-04 1:46:27 AM  

danceswithcrows: Since nobody here ever RsTFA:  "Hypermarket" is the European word for "something like Meijer, where they have groceries, clothes, automotive supplies, toys, electronics, and $OTHER_STUFF all in one store and the prices are reasonable."  When I lived in MI, Meijer was my go-to for most things.  Meijer doesn't exist in AZ, which is annoying.  Also, one of my relatives worked part-time for Meijer for a while, and she said they treated their employees very well considering that it was retail and they were exposed to the general public.  YMMV.  EPID.


I live in CA these days. It's been over 20 years since I've lived in the same state as a Meijer. Nonetheless, my preferred hypermarket is Meijer. There is nothing in the US that beats Meijer.
 
2021-03-04 5:30:24 AM  
Fred Meyer, which is pretty much an Oregon Kroger these days.
 
2021-03-04 5:41:25 AM  
I just Walmart it, although the one I go to doesn't sell gas or do tires & such. However, it's close enough (I have 4 Walmart stores within 5 miles of me: 3 "normal ones" and a Walmart grocery location: just food stuffs & a pharmacy at that one), it's on the main road I do most of my travel for things and I can get in and out pretty fast. I have to pass a Target to get there but it has a token food section & the Publix next to it is much nicer to shop in than Walmart but the selection & price don't quiet match up. I do go there on occasion as they have some frozen items Walmart doesn't that my mom likes me to pick up for her.
 
2021-03-04 6:25:16 AM  
I guess Tarzhe counts, maybe? not that I'd ever call it my "preferred" lol. I was definitely shocked to find out they sold food, and for the longest time was the only place carrying that recently-new carrot-based "hummus" the wife loves so very much.

I would hardly count Big Lots, but it always amuses me that when we go there to buy kitty litter or cases of water, they have all this living room furniture on display, and ginormous electric-fireplaces, etc.
 
2021-03-04 6:32:49 AM  
 
2021-03-04 6:36:48 AM  

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2021-03-04 7:26:14 AM  

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Came to post similar. They had one in Garland TX as well. My parents drove us there to see it like it was a trip to Mecca when I was 12.

To be fair we had been living overseas so even a regular Walmart (the old original kind) was a big deal.

Ironically I now live just a few miles from where that Hypermart was. After 30 years the building is empty, or maybe a warehouse, and the area is a waste land of used car lots.
 
2021-03-04 7:34:19 AM  

Exluddite: I prefer none of them.
We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....


Specialization is for insects lol
 
2021-03-04 7:36:10 AM  
Went to Auchon and Carrefours regularly when I was in France.

Where I first saw Baywatch (Alerte á Malibu) action figures.
 
2021-03-04 7:43:54 AM  
Ok, I will admit it. In the before times, I was a Walmart shopper.  I wouldn't say that I love it, but they have the lowest prices. And they carry almost everything I need.

I spent a couple years unemployed when nothing was as important as prices. Wally came through for me. It is also the closest store to my house (except for a couple liquor/ tobacco stores and I'm not an alcoholic or a smoker). I guess there is also a dollar store, but they make Walmart look fancy.
 
2021-03-04 7:47:12 AM  

danceswithcrows: Exluddite: I prefer none of them. We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....

Retiree-like typing detected.  If you had the choice between "go to store A for produce, store B for bread, store C for meat, store D for eggs/milk, and store E for other" or "go to store N for all of the above", you'd choose the latter unless you had a metric fark-ton of spare time.  Les français aiment les hypermarchés, n-est'ce pas?  When it comes down to money and time, (convenience >> most stuff) according to what people actually do.


I see you have met my parents
They will go to 4-5 different places getting groceries and then wonder where the day went
When I go for them I tell them Im going to X I am not going all over town to save fifty cents on groceries and spend five dollars on gas I dont have all day to spend doing self check out but thats another story
 
2021-03-04 7:51:00 AM  

Exluddite: I prefer none of them.
We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....


Very few of those types of places exist where I live now.  The small hardware stores can't compete with Home Depot and Lowes. Kroger , Costco and Sams have done in the butcher shops. Never seen a coffee roaster.
 
2021-03-04 7:59:07 AM  

dwlah: I see you have met my parents
They will go to 4-5 different places getting groceries and then wonder where the day went
When I go for them I tell them Im going to X I am not going all over town to save fifty cents on groceries and spend five dollars on gas I dont have all day to spend doing self check out but thats another story


My sister and her husband do that. He spends every Sunday morning clipping coupons and then shops at the following:
Costco
Sams - says meats are better than Costco
Kroger
Petsmart and PetSupplies Plus because one has better dog food prices and the other has better prices on cat litter.
Meijer
and Aldi.
Every single weekend.
I have 2 days off work a week. I'm not going to devote a whole day to getting my groceries, dogfood and household supplies.  I will do Kroger every week. Once a month I do a Costco run. I have Amazon deliver the dog food.

Well, I did before Covid. I haven't actually been to a store in a year.  I spend all my money on Instacart these days.
 
2021-03-04 8:49:45 AM  

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Where shopping feels so good, Itellyouwhut.


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2021-03-04 11:17:49 AM  

danceswithcrows: Exluddite: I prefer none of them. We all need to slow down and find good local markets, coffee roasters, butchers, hardware stores,....
Retiree-like typing detected.  If you had the choice between "go to store A for produce, store B for bread, store C for meat, store D for eggs/milk, and store E for other" or "go to store N for all of the above", you'd choose the latter unless you had a metric fark-ton of spare time.  Les français aiment les hypermarchés, n-est'ce pas?  When it comes down to money and time, (convenience >> most stuff) according to what people actually do.


You just said the magic word. This is how this is bad.

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Now ask yourself, because I know you never do, what "convenience" above all does to our society and us. It makes us lazy. It makes us entitled. It takes our innate desire to take care of ourselves and have some self-respect, into a peons wish to be poor and have dirty hands (gasp!), because everyone with any sense wants things to be easier and more convenient.
This gives us a lot more time to not only find more things to buy, it fuels our entitlement that our we not only needed all this shiat, we deserved it.

You built that entitlement on the backs of those who don't get to do the convenient things in life--the ones who clean up after you, the ones who deliver your shiat. the ones who take care of all the things that you became too important to deal with--like your own farking stuff. And you don't care, because convenience is the word of the century, and goddamned if most of you all aren't going to have every bit of it, no matter who has to carry the load. As long as it isn't you.
Now read a few of those words again. "Driven by technology and an on-demand culture" WHOA. (This is from Forbes, by the way, the pinnacle of capitalistic whining) They're just coming right out and saying it here--this is not your own invention. You were programmed. Don't believe me? Of course I have a farking quote

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You all fine with this? You're saying that you are, by every grubby purchase you make. Every time you go out and "reward" yourself for being a good consumer, you're being programmed.
We used to DO things, now we shop . It's more convenient.
It's so much better for the ECONOMY, says all the fat programmed farks.

Count me out.
 
2021-03-04 11:47:45 AM  

cryinoutloud: Count me out.


Guess I don't need to stand in line behind you at Meijer, then. Cool!
 
2021-03-04 12:13:52 PM  

tintar: I guess Tarzhe counts, maybe? not that I'd ever call it my "preferred" lol. I was definitely shocked to find out they sold food, and for the longest time was the only place carrying that recently-new carrot-based "hummus" the wife loves so very much.

I would hardly count Big Lots, but it always amuses me that when we go there to buy kitty litter or cases of water, they have all this living room furniture on display, and ginormous electric-fireplaces, etc.


Super Targets might. They combine a smallish supermarket with a largish Target. Usually enough for my normal shopping.

/Be a cold day in hell before I add "hypermarket" to my lexicon...
//Or recognize Missouri.
 
2021-03-05 6:56:48 AM  
Can't believe no one has brought up Dollar General yet, they have the best steaks!
 
2021-03-05 4:04:03 PM  

blodyholy: Can't believe no one has brought up Dollar General yet, they have the best steaks!


Hork!
 
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