actually, Tedbear, to continue flogging the dead horse, the staple items are exactly what’s DIFFERENT at each grocery store. Convenience items are generally the same, just different types of the same Chi-Chi’s salsa or kleenex tissues for example. The veggies, fruits, meats, poultry, fish, dairy and other raw ingredients is precisely what’s different about grocery stores. Wegman’s is a good example of that. Come East, go to a Wegman’s and you’ll see a HUGE difference between these items and the same items at Giant or Food Lion.
The mom and pop grocery store I grew up on, had the best butcher and baker in the area. And the seafood was tops too. As an example, they had lobsters brought in fresh everyday on trucks from Maine and Massachusettes in the summer. No frozen lobsters for us! And not every grocery store could say that. That’s the difference I miss.