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Old 02-01-2009, 05:14 PM   #31
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Publix, by far, but I think it is mostly Southern. I know it started out in Florida. Everything is just freshened up and they have anything that you can get at any store, usually.
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:19 PM   #32
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I have to admit that I feel extremely lucky to live where I do. While my property is in a delightfully rural farm area, within a reasonable shopping distance (between 10 & 40 minutes) I can choose from Super WalMart, Super Target, Safeway, Giant, Food Lion, Bloom, Aldi, Harris Teeter, Wegman's, & CostCo.
I'm glad to see someone else mention Super Target. I don't have one super close to me here, but that's where I shop when I visit my mom in Houston. I was so surprised at the quality of their produce and cheeses. Also, their store brand is quite good and their in-house bakery is very, very good. The prices are fairly reasonable and it is always very clean.
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:33 PM   #33
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Target has some very good Archer cookies - lemon, lime or cinnamon flavored twists - are great for tea parties.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:23 PM   #34
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When I lived in FL, Publix was the best. Now I'm in NC, and Harris Teeter is even better, especially their giant flagship stores. Tons of specialty items, ultra fresh fish, imported cheeses, imported oils and vinegars, baked goods from La Brea, olive bar, pizza bar, salad bar, hot food bar, etc., etc. Their own brand products are usually excellent, as in salsa, natural peanut butter, etc. Their fruit is so-so, but everything else is high quality. Unfortunately, their prices are crazy.

Earth Fare is another favorite of mine - it's a health food market. It's not nationwide, just in a few states in the South. It's a fantastic store, and overall, much better than Whole Foods, as far as I'm concerned - not just in their products, but in their customer service.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:26 PM   #35
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I have to admit that I feel extremely lucky to live where I do. While my property is in a delightfully rural farm area, within a reasonable shopping distance (between 10 & 40 minutes) I can choose from Super WalMart, Super Target, Safeway, Giant, Food Lion, Bloom, Aldi, Harris Teeter, Wegman's, & CostCo. A little further away (45 to 60 minutes) I can hit Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, & several large ethnic supermarkets. I don't normally jump around while doing regular grocery shopping - I go to the store that has the most of what I want/need for the best deals that week. But on the whole, this is how I feel about the bunch:

Super WalMart - Just 10 minutes away, this is my "go to" place for most of my basic shopping. Prices, selection, quality, & customer service are excellent.

Food Lion & Bloom - both stores are owned by the same company, Bloom being just an upscale version of Food Lion. Not crazy about Bloom, but our local Food Lion has terrific sales on all parts/types of Perdue-brand chicken weekly. They also stock a wide variety of fresh mushrooms.

Giant & Safeway - Good quality; somewhat pricey unless one is buying weekly sale items.

CostCo - my "go to" place for bulk toilet paper, paper towels, cat litter, nuts, otc pharmaceuticals, you name it.

Harris Teeter - pricey, but carries an extremely wide selection of brands, has good sales, & has an excellent seafood & produce department. Terrific customer service.

Wegman's - we just got blessed with this one this past November, & it truly IS a blessing. FABULOUS in every way you can imagine. Seafood department is extraordinary, quickly followed by the tremendous cheese, bread, seafood, deli, frozen foods, etc., etc., etc. There's NOTHING I don't like about this store. Customer service excellent beyond belief. VERY reasonable prices.

Aldi - you couldn't pay me to step foot in our local Aldi again. It's a dirty, depressing little store that I consider an insult to our community & to the people who have to shop there due to necessity.

Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, & ethnic markets - since all of these are a bit farther away, I only hit them once in awhile. I consider them all pretty much "specialty markets", & shop there when I'm in the area more for fun, special items, & to try new things than for regular shopping.

Super Target - haven't shopped there yet.

And of course in the summer I regularly patronize our local farmers market every week to supplement whatever I'm growing myself.
I agree about Harris Teeter (see my post above), except for their fruit. Their customer service is the best I've ever seen.

The Food Lion here is excellent also, but much more limited in their offerings. Their fruit is much better than HT's.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:44 PM   #36
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Fresh Market by far. But it's pricey so I can't go there a lot. We have a couple chains here and I always check the papers and online for sales. I grow most of my veggies and herbs, but sometimes when I see nice fresh produce I can't help but splurge a little sometimes.
Especially artichokes. I love a big plump 'choke. And fresh asparagus, too.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #37
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My favourite grocery store is Harris teeter,their products are real good.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:53 PM   #38
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I've been to the East Coast of Canada(New Brunswick) and was very impressed by one of the stores,not sure if it was Save-On or not but they had a lot of the same brands that my Harris-Teeter has like President's Choice.

The old A & P and Superfresh sell the President's Choice brand.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:54 PM   #39
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I like the local Kroger but will also use Food Lion and Super WalMart. I go to Sam's Club about 2-3 times a year to stock up on nonperishables and frozen stuff. We're getting a FreshMarket here. I don't know when it will open but the signs are up on the building saying it's coming. They are taking over the CompUSA store.
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When I lived in Pa., I loved shopping at Giant. In NJ, I like Shop-Rite and I like to buy in bulk at BJ's.
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