Where in MI are you? For dairy and house brands, I preferred Kroger, and for national brands, I liked Farmer Jack. But all the FJ stores in the Ann Arbor/Saline area were closed in the big sell off, so I just went with Kroger, or the replacement Country Market, or if Buddy Roadhouse was in town, Busch’s. For the most fun, I chose Hiller’s or Whole Foods. Meijer just has too much stuff piled in too small a space for my tastes and claustrophobia.
For me, convenience often topped everything else unless the loss leader of the week was something I REALLY needed or wanted.
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Krogers is the Largest Chain of Grocery Stores in the Country. They own controlling interest in a number of other chains…Coast to Coast. In our area "Greater Louisville" Winn-Dixie has sold out Kroger is growing and Meijers is now moving in to compete with the Super WalMarts. There are still many smaller grocery chains…but If you search out their organization, you will find that many are owned by one of the Big Guys.
Have neither one on this side of the state (Grand Rapids). Used to be Krogers around here, but been gone for about 20 years now it seems.. And I agree, Kroger was expensive. Used to go there for meat only (on sale at that). I’ve been to the one in New Castle Indiana (Kroger), and their prices seem competitive with others stores in the area..
I had heard of "Farmer Brown", but not farmer jack.
As for us we only have "the evil empire", a small IGA, and a krogers
they are looking for a place to build a new "super" Kroger, the one with the furniture, housegoods and such.
I would kill for a real choice in grocery shopping, well maybe not kill but seriously injure is a possibility. [;)]
[:o)]Years ago we used to have Kroger in San Antonio.There was one on Nacodoches Road we would go to sometimes.I recall the first time I went there with my late father.I recall him telling the cashier about picketing Krogers years ago. As we left i asked him what he meant.
He said back in Milwaukee,there was a labor dispute between Krogers and the Meat Cutters Union.
Because the dispute couldn’t seem to get settled,grandpa,who was president of the union called a strike
and daddy said grandpa paid him and my Uncle Tom to picket Krogers.Uncle Tom’s relief showed up,so he went off to play with his band.But the guy that was supposed to relieve my dad was a no show.Daddy
said his legs were about to give out,when he finally got to get home.
Everything was finally settled but I think he said Krogers did pull out of Milwaukee.This was in the 1930s or early 40s,before WW2.
Krogers left here for the same reason,a dispute with the local meat cutters union.
Srry, should of said in Michigan.
Kroger and Farmer JAck are two major grocery chains here in Michigan. Like Topps or Albertsons.
Who or What is Farmer Jack?
I have to go with Farmer Jack. There a lot more convienet and reasonable than Kroger. The first and only Kroger in Detroit left about 2 or 3 years ago. However, the store is now being run by independant owners. However, there all over the suburbs, but not bordering the city. Ther are 3 Farmer Jacks in the city. There were more but they had to close do to budget problems.Also, Farmer Jack doesn’t have as many meat recalls as Kroger.
Farmer Jack vs. Kroger In Michigan
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