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Old 05-13-2014, 05:42 PM
 
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: 60630
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We've been overseas the last 4 years and when I lived in Boise, ID, from 1997-2002 I loved shopping at the local co-op and Albertson's, both in my neighborhood. Then we lived to the KC area until 2010 and I loved Whole Foods. One thing I love about all three... the lunch food are pretty good and inexpensive. The varieties of healthy and organic goods are great too. I love using happy meat and if not organic, sustainably farmed goods. Those three shops have what I need.

Curious to know what your favorite shops are

Plus, we're visiting family for a month this year, Memphis area, more on the MS side than TN though... and will need food. Maybe I can use this list as reference I have no idea what's good in that area.
Kroger is good. All over in Memphis/Southhaven
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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i guess those of us out in the boondocks have the pleasure of local grocers and no major chains. somehow it is nice to know that there still are the little Mom and Pop stores that carry local farm goods.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I live in Tucson, AZ, a city with a surprising amount of competition in food stores considering its size. As a result of this competition, food prices and buying choices are better here than in any of the four other states in which I have lived. For the majors, we have Safeway and Albertson's (I know they now have the same ownership, but at present the stores here remain very different), Fry's (part of the Kroger chain), and Basha's a local chain owned by an Arizona family. Of the national food-plus chains we have both Walmart and Target grocery markets. Smaller stores include Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Sprouts, Rincon Market, and A.J.'s, a specialty market owned by the Basha family. We also have a plethora of Asian and Mexican food markets (Lee Lee Oriental, Grantstone Asian, El Herradero, Food City, El Super, and Carneceria La Noria). And of course we also have Costco and Sam's Club. Sometimes I think there's a food store for every family in Tucson.

I'm on a tight budget, so I clip coupons, read the ads, and shop at different places for different things/reasons, with best quality for lowest price being my primary driver. I try to favor Basha's to support the local owner, but if he is out-priced by his competition, I only buy certain things there. I get the most "best deals" from Fry's through their frequent-shopper program. They send me coupons computer-coded to items I buy most frequently. $1 off this, $2 off that ... of items I always have on my grocery list ... drives me to that store on a regular basis. I even get coupons for freebies (a free box of cereal, a fee bag of coffee ... love that!) I also like Fry's because their stores are very clean and the produce is excellent, two other features that are important to me. Albertson's is closest to my home and exclusively has several items my family prefers. Plus, I think they generally have the best-quality meat, aside from the specialty stores where I couldn't afford the beautiful items on display.

I don't ever shop at Whole Foods. Aside from the fact I see its products as obscenely overpriced, I object to the politics of its owner, John Mackey. I have problems with most billionaires in general, but to me Mackey is the Koch Brothers of the food business. This article articulates my problems with him better than I could without boring people to death.
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey knows what’s best for you, and fighting climate change ain’t it | Grist
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Kroger is good. All over in Memphis/Southhaven
Just be careful if you go to a Memphis Kroger--probably safer in Southhaven!
(My 85 y.o. Mama knocked down & robbed inside Mphs Kroger)

They also have Whole Foods in Memphis. Back in the day, Seessel's was THE place to go, but they were bought out years ago.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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I live in Tucson, AZ,
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I don't ever shop at Whole Foods.
Also, aside from the new one on River Road, the Whole Foods stores in Tucson are all old Wild Oats stores and are nowhere near as nice as their "normal" stores.

In Whole Foods defense, it is the only grocery where one can find no-sodium versions of many products like canned beans, pre-made pasta sauces and frozen hashbrowns that are the same price as the sodium heavy versions you find at other stores. If you have to avoid sodium, you usually have to pay 2-3x as much for the no-sodium version, if it exists, or else make all your food from scratch. In addition, their house "365" brand is quite inexpensive, comparably priced to similar products at any grocery.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't ever shop at Whole Foods. Aside from the fact I see its products as obscenely overpriced, I object to the politics of its owner, John Mackey. I have problems with most billionaires in general, but to me Mackey is the Koch Brothers of the food business. This article articulates my problems with him better than I could without boring people to death.
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey knows whatís best for you, and fighting climate change ainít it | Grist
Same here. The engineered hostile takeover of Wild Oats - which I thought was a superior chain - was despicable.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:44 PM
 
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i guess those of us out in the boondocks have the pleasure of local grocers and no major chains. somehow it is nice to know that there still are the little Mom and Pop stores that carry local farm goods.
Wisconsin has many small-town co-ops as well as the chains. Most specialized on local sourced organics....and while I do try to eat whole foods and not prepacked items...I still can't justify spending 10$ (or more!) a pound for bratwurst - hamburger even higher or 5$ a head of romaine.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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Wisconsin has many small-town co-ops as well as the chains. Most specialized on local sourced organics....and while I do try to eat whole foods and not prepacked items...I still can't justify spending 10$ (or more!) a pound for bratwurst - hamburger even higher or 5$ a head of romaine.
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It would almost pay for you to drive to Fargo for your Grocery shopping.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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YIKES

It would almost pay for you to drive to Fargo for your Grocery shopping.
LOL....Chicago is closer.....but Madison has plenty of other options, thankfully. I still haven't found decent bread up here yet....but there are still a few bakeries I want to try yet.
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