In my area, I hate to say that local grocery stores that supply all foods and merchandise
are about dead. Corparate grocery stores have taken over, except for one local owner.
We have many ethnic "grocery" stores, which are limited to what they offer and also
seasonal farmer markets.
We usually go to Wal-Mart or Costco for most things.
I can still remember as child going to a locally owned grocery store, owned by "worldly"
Mennonites, who had it all, including low prices. What I cherish was they had a room
where kids could go to and read comic books and other youth-focussed books while parents
shopped. It was a family grocery store, and they sold tobacco-products, but no beer.
It was a family ritual to shop back then, meaning my whole family went together. Strange thought today.
We also had a Farm-Bureau Co-op Grocery store, where you could buy grocery, but also feed and equipment
for livestock as well as clothes, nails, cosmetics, or refrigerators.
Perhaps one day, my children will be recalling going to the good old Wal-Mart.
I whole heartdly agree!!! I really wish that Wegmans would come to CT. I doubt that will ever happen with Stop & Shop’s ways of keeping good competition out of the state (along with MA & RI).
I stayed in St.Francis Wood over the holidays and the sign says
"Mollie Stone’s Tower Market"
I’d shop at Wegman’s regardless of price, so it’s great to know that I’m getting a decent deal on the stuff too! And I’ll also second what I read elsewhere, that the Wegman’s branded product is every bit as good as, if not better than, the national brands.
Aha…that’s where that huge new movie theater is I haven’t been able to get to yet…I’m a Central Virginian, so the thought of driving to the other Wegman’s kind of freaked me out. My grandparent’s house in in Vienna, so this is just a hop skip and jump away…
I just heard that we’re also getting some sort of Super Safeway.
Wegman’s fan in an earlier post said that the new store in Sterling, VA had quickly become the highest grossing stores in the chain. Might help to know that it is practically right across the street from AOL’s corporate headquarters. Apparently many AOL foodies go there for lunch every day. Wegman’s is also planning on opening a 2nd Northern VA store near the county govenment complex in Fairfax County. Wegman’s is not dumb. Fairfax County has one of the highest disposable income levels of any county in the U.S. [:0][:0]
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Oh–I forgot Trader Joe’s! Yes, that is a nice experience also, although the only one anywhere near me (Westfield, NJ–a drive of about 25 miles) is so small that it is not that much bigger than a large 7-11.
The product quality at TJ’s is uniformly high for the packaged goods, but I have to side with the poster who found fault with their produce. Frequently the greens are really wilted at TJ’s. And the selection on meats and cheeses is very sparse. Of course, the fact that this store is so small may have something to do with the small selection of meats and cheeses.
They must be doing something right, because the parking lot at Trader Joe’s is usually so full that people will double-park to wait for a space. I, on the other hand, park on the street and walk, rather than sit and waste gas in order to avoid walking a few hundred feet. (editorial comment–Is it any wonder why Americans tend to be so obese?)
So, once every couple of months, I will make a little "fun" excursion to TJ’s for some specialty items. My regular markets (Wegman’s and Shop-Rite), and my semi-regular market (Whole Foods) obviously supply the bulk of my purchases, due to the 50 mile round-trip drive to Trader Joe’s. But, clearly, I must like TJ’s if I am willing to drive that far even once every couple of months!
Regarding Wegman’s–yes they are terrific. However, I think that there is a misconception regarding pricing at that chain.
In the last year, Wegman’s had instituted a new low-price policy, and I have found that they are definitely competitive with, and frequently cheaper than, Shop-Rite–the generally acknowledged value-leader in NJ/NY/PA. I have found that some items (Stonyfield yogurt comes to mind) are consistently about 10 cents cheaper at Wegman’s.
Wegman’s is also cheaper than A & P, Stop & Shop and Pathmark–the other dominant chains in this area. So–for nationally branded, commodity-type groceries, you may be suprised to find out how good the prices at Wegman’s really are.
Now, of course, there are many premium-priced gourmet items at Wegman’s, and you will pay a pretty penny for those goods. I try to buy my fish at Wegman’s because it is so fresh–although you do pay a premium for that quality. Their produce, which is superior to most chains, is definitely competitive in price.
My other favorite chains include Whole Foods (their produce, while usually very pricey, is so beautifully displayed that it looks like an oil-painted still-life). However, I have found the fish at Whole Foods to be very tired looking, and the meat is astronomically priced. I usually just go there for produce, some specialty baked goods, and some specialty organic products.
King’s, a smallish chain in NJ, used to be my favorite until Wegman’s & Whole Foods came to this area. While King’s is still good, ever since they were bought out by Marks & Spencer (of the UK), they have not been as good as previously. And, ever since M & S has made it known that they are now trying to unburden themselves of King’s, it has fallen a bit further. This is particularly sad for me, since I used to be a member of their Consumer Affairs Panel, back in the days of their very high standards. But still, King’s is better than most of the bigger chains.
Speaking of Wegmans again…the one here in town really caters to people like that. They have a caf� with cute little tables to sit at while you enjoy your latt� and a fresh muffin or bagel. They have another area that is for their pizza/sub area. They make all kinds of sandwiches, subs, salads, soups, stews…just a ton of things. Great place to go for lunch if you’re on the run or out doing errands. I have also never seen such quality and selection in their deli, seafood, and meat depts. They must have a zillion different varieties of cheese…. so I’m there!.. lol
OK, so those words sound pretty silly, but in the stores I mentioned you will find such things as dry cleaning, banking, video rental and some other services that I can’t readily think of because I am not served by those stores. There is fresh baked pizza, made to order sandwiches, and a place to sit and eat them. They just offer the consumer more conveniences in a pleasant surrounding.
What is a delightful 21st century shopping experience like?
My favorite grocery in Knoxville is a small chain called Food City, particularly the one on Clinton Hwy. They have an excellent seafood dept. and a excellent deli and meat dept.
Followed by Fresh Market, a much smaller chain store, but also good for excellent quality products.
We have a Super-Fresh in suburban Maryland outside DC. I think the only reason it hasn’t gone under is that the big supermarkets – Safeway and Giant – are so lame. Oh, I guess there’s a Food Lion around, too (bleah!), and a couple Harris Teeters.
An interesting thing about Wegman’s; before they open a store iin a new area, they do EXTENSIVE demographic research, and then they plan the store based on their findings. So, the Wegman’s in Scranton is different from the Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre is different from the Wegman’s in Allentown is different from the Wegmans in Ithaca. One thing that they all share, though, is top notch quality and service.
I was going to order my Christmas prime rib online from Lobel’s, but a week before the holiday I saw DRY-AGED USDA PRIME BEEF in the butcher’s case! It was about HALF the cost of Lobel’s ($13/lb for rib roast, $23/lb for tenderloins, strips, etc). Since I’ve always had great results from the Wegman’s wet-aged beef, I figured the dry-aged from Weg’s would be excellent, too. It’s in the oven right now.
It’s a great store. I drive past two other groceries without even thinking, including a Super Walmart and a small local chain (Carone’s) that is walking distance from my house.
The Kroger Plastic Card works for two types of purchases for me. On the first wed. of every month, Senior Citizens ( I qualify !!) get an extra 10% discount if you use a card… Grey Power takes over our Kroger that day each Month.
The second thing is the 3 cent discount on gas at their stations. When filling a 40 gallon tank is required, every cent seems to matter.
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