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Best Grocery Store 2012

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by cynthetiq, Apr 4, 2012.

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    cynthetiq Administrator

    Location:
    New York City
    Answer: Wegmans.

    If you have never been to a Wegmans, I suggest you find yourself in one. It is by far one of the best grocery stores I have ever been inside. The top 3 are superior food shopping experiences. Good foods, good private labels (store brands), good displays, and helpful staff. The prices are very good as well.

    I've been to Walmart Neighborhood Grocery stores, eh. It wasn't great of an experience. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't superior in any fashion.

    Do you have a favorite grocery store? What's the best one you've been to?

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    snowy Kick-Ass Kunoichi

    Out of the 10 listed here, only 3 have stores in the Pacific Northwest. While I like Trader Joe's, it isn't my favorite in terms of selection. I would rather shop at Market of Choice (Oregon chain) or the local hippie co-op. It isn't unusual for either place to have all of the checkstands open on a busy day and they typically open another one if there is a line forming. The PICs at either are good at judging it. The customer service at both is also typically good.

    But you know, it seems to me that some of this is comparing apples and oranges. There are all different kinds of grocery stores with different tiers of service and expectations.
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    cynthetiq Administrator

    Location:
    New York City
    That's true. I don't go to Dean & Deluca expecting to get cheap potato chips or cheap deli cold cuts. I also don't expect to select my own produce, while I can, there is someone there who will assist me by picking the best of the available produce, bag, weigh, and price it for me.

    I like Trader Joe's but it also isn't my favorite either. I do like the idea that it is owned by Aldi a German company, who's sister company is opening up Aldi's around the nation.

    I don't expect that kind of service at a regular grocery store. Just like the different kinds of hotel chains, they cater to each and every sliver of the market.
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    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there!

    We lived near one of the Super-Duper deluxe Wegman's outside of Buffalo.
    They had taken an old, 2-story home supply store (think the size of Home Depot) and made a grocery out of it.
    It was really the shining example of everything a grocery store could and should be.
    A bakery as good as any free standing bakery around.
    A fish counter with fish as good as any fishmonger sold.
    Top quality butcher case.
    Produce to beat any produce stand.
    And so on.
    I really miss it.
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    Speed_Gibson Driving the Maxwell

    Location:
    Wolf 359
    Around here the best price and selection is Winco. The only reason I shop at the local Walmart is convenience, as it all too often means getting something before I leave work.But the produce (selection and quality) sucks most days even considering the typical fluctuation you expect, and especially compared to the too high prices at Safeway that are almost worth it some days. I would choose the meat at Safeway over the options at walmart anytime.
    There is the Co-op over in Moscow for those that prefer that,but my impressions when I have checked them out have been largely too high prices and foods & products I never buy or really care to. I am obviously not the customer they are looking for but this area is popular for their target base.
    I have never heard of 7 of the ten stores listed in the OP,and only vaguely heard of this Trader Joe's place.
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    streak_56 I'm doing something, going somewhere...

    Location:
    C eh N eh D eh....
    I haven't heard of any of the groceries on the list... but I find if I am willing to put the effort into finding a good one, I'm usually happy. Most of the time I am a religious farmers market shopper but that doesn't work the other half of the year, to which my own frozen food or pre-prepared meals will carry me. I will say though that the Sobeys that is near my house is by far my favourite out of Safeway, Co-op, Superstore or Walmart.... the only thing that they consistently don't have that I need is quinoa but I usually bulk up on that enough where it doesn't become a huge problem. Maybe depending on the amount I cook myself and the quality I look for would influence my decision a little better but there are only specialty stores in Calgary, Italian, Asian and Organic markets all of which lack certain necessities that I need.
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    Craven Morehead Very Tilted

    I nearly had an orgasm the first time I walked into Wegmans while visiting my son in VA. I'm easy, evidently. But damn, what isn't there to like about it? A massive food court, fresh meat, a wide selection of fresh fish, a huge cheese department and beers from around the world. If there were one within 30 miles of me I would shop there.
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    KirStang Remember...only YOU can return fire.

    Woohoo! Publix! They're big in the SouthEast, GA/FL area. I totally missed Publix while I lived in Maryland.
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    rogue49 Loquacious Dude

    Location:
    Baltimore/DC
    Yes, Wegman's is an experience.
    Don't go in there with a new credit card.

    And for me...the meat & cheese sections are to die for.
    I always feel like a caged lion looking at all that fabulous meat behind the glass.

    And I like Trader Joe's for their coffee...appetizers,
    and they have an awesome wine selection at incredible prices.
    I find the best varieties for sometimes less than $5.

    CostCo is cool for their gas...I also go there for staples. (Ground Beef, Chicken, Bread, Milk, Eggs, etc...)
    Anything that will be used often and quick. (Meat gets separated and frozen)
    Careful of going on a spending spree here too. (it adds up quick since you're buying in bulk)
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    Charlatan You're all doomed to perdition!

    Location:
    Temasek
    For those who can, I would suggest visiting Toronto to shop in a Loblaw's. Wegman's sounds like the Loblaw's of the US.

    I haven't been to their newest store, which is located in the former Maple Leaf Garden's, but it sounds like a great shopping experience.

    In Singapore, we have a Dean and Deluca opening in a few month's time. I am looking forward to checking it out.
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    ASU2003 Slightly Tilted

    Location:
    Where ever I roam
    What are we judging on? Price? Quality of food? Interior layout? Modern and new layout?

    Whole Foods has the food I like, but I would have to go 3 times a week, and spend quite a bit. Meijer is my choice because it balances price and quality well. I need to go to the local farmers markets or to the farms themselves to pick more.
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    Bear Cub Goes down smooth.

    Loved Wegmans back in PA. Shaw's always sucked up in CT. Cheaper than others, and not as bad after they revamped it, but still nothing to write home about. Some of the Harris Teeter's around here are nice (albeit expensive), and Kroger's down in Houston was always a good balance between price and availability of items.
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    uncle phil Moderator Emeritus (and sorely missed)

    Location:
    pasco county
    surprised hannaford's isn't on the list...
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    CinnamonGirl Fire and Blood

    Wegman's sounds pretty awesome, but there aren't any in NC. Boo.

    In Ohio, I absolutely loved our Kroger. Awesome produce selection, and they also had a neat little "marketplace" section that had all the organic vegetarian hippie stuff that I love :D

    I was also a big fan of Jungle Jim's, but I didn't often have the money to shop there. I'd sometimes make the trip down just to peruse the olive bar... stuffed olives to die for, seriously.
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    Strange Famous Follower of the child's crusade

    Location:
    Walsall, UK
    Just out of the big 4, I would rank them:

    Morrisons
    Sainsbury's
    Tesco
    ASDA

    I suspect this makes as much sense to most of the American people here than all of this does to me

    (Wallmart owns ASDA now, so that's something in common...)
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    Baraka_Guru Möderätor

    Location:
    Toronto
    +1 for Loblaws. I don't usually shop there though, for two reasons: 1) none close by, and 2) it's a bit pricey compared to the other passable chains.

    Also: I just recently found out that Toronto has a T & T Supermarket. My in-laws brought me into one in the Vancouver area and I was floored. They didn't say anything about it and just wandered in like it was any ol' chain supermarket. It's like an Asian Loblaws! Coincidentally, Loblaws purchased T & T, so there you go.

    It's not as cheap as discount Asian markets here, but they have EVERYTHING! And lots of it!

    The problem? It's too far out of our way. Maybe they will expand more in Toronto. Though that's some serious competish out there in the Asian food markets.
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    Phi Eyed Getting Tilted

    Location:
    Ramsdale
    I lived in Ithaca, NY for several years, as a younger person. Shopping has not been the same since then, for me. A lot of those, outside of NY state, think it’s an expensive gourmet store, and avoid it. This is such a misconception! Wegman’s strives for excellence, not pompousness. If there is something you need, they deliver. I adore analyzing the thought processes behind the decision-making there. If they have fresh crusty bread featured, you’ll be sure to find a buttery Brie beside it. They cross all Ts and dot all Is. The Pittsford, NY Wegman’s keeps truffles in a clear locked case- for your drooling pleasure.

    They have competitive prices, as long as you know what to avoid – some prepared foods. When I used to shop there, I never felt like I’d been screwed, because I always came home with delectables that kept me pumped for the whole week. Rocking breads, killer cheeses, and so many hearty and healthy choices.

    Big love. Big.
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    Martian Server Monkey

    Location:
    Mars
    I haven't been to the one in Maple Leaf Gardens either, but it's hard to imagine a shopping experience that beats Loblaws. Does your grocery store have a pianist? A florist? A tobacconist? Hell, there's even a dry cleaner in the one at St Clair W and Bathurst. And of course, all of that before even mentioning President's Choice.

    Although, all that said I still prefer to have my groceries delivered. If I have to go to a grocery store, it's probably going to be a Loblaws, but I'm happier if I don't have to go at all.
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    redux Very Tilted

    Location:
    Washington DC
    When I am really busy or really lazy or just for the basics, I use Peapod delivery. Otherwise, its a trip across town to the Eastern Market. I recommend it to anyone visiting DC, even just for lunch.

    I would also recommend looking into Community Supported Agriculture programs where you can buy shares or subscriptions in a local farm and get weekly delivery of the produce of the season. Some require a commitment for a 21-28 week growing season. The one I am a part of through my office has 7 week subscriptions for $160 for a half-share (half share provides enough for a 1-2 person household). It works out to approx. $23/week and each week I get a basket of about 7-8 veggies/fruit delivered to my office. A bit pricy, but great quality, variety and supporting local sustainable farming.

    added: Orchard Country Produce - my CSA farm in PA that delivers to DC. The first 7-week subscription this year is June 4 - July 21 -- spring produce and strawberries and throughout the month of June and July progresses into early summer vegetables and fruits including cherries and apricots.