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Old 05-14-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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Thanks for the list!!! Interesting to see all the different shops!

I realize there are not many national shops thus my request was to list your favorite
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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I don't recognize about 75% of the names mentioned. With the exception of Wal-Mart superstores (which we have but I don't go to), there aren't really any truly national grocery store chains. Beware of Wal-Mart advertising that compares their grocery prices to other national chains, because there aren't any.

For general groceries I like WINCO. They are inexpensive, open 24 hours and they are employee-owned so they don't screw over their workers like most retail chains do. For stuff not carried at WINCO, I go to Fred Meyer. They are owned by Kroger and apparently carry some of the same stuff, but run as a separate entity since they are not grocery only. Freddy's is a big box chain that also carries stuff like jewelry (they are one of the largest jewelers in the country), garden, housewares, toys, clothing and electronics.

For specialty groceries I like Trader Joe's.
Oh! Boise used to have a Winco!!! It was nice! Then it either closed or got bought out.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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First place: Oliver's Market in Cotati, California

A small, but full-service market with lots of local foods in the middle of the Northern California wine country. Foodie heaven!

Runner up: Petaluma Market in Petaluma, California

Similar to above, but not as close to my house.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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No one's heard of it but Stater Bro's. They don't require a club card to get the advertised prices and often have the best sales prices.

Check out their ad....

Stater Bros. Markets - Weekly Ad
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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Oh! Boise used to have a Winco!!! It was nice! Then it either closed or got bought out.
Lol, the Boise area has several Winco's and the grocer is headquartered in Boise and has a large shipping facility east of the airport.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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There are very limited options where I live but the best store would be Kroger. If I could move to my home town, there
are many ethnic grocery stores (Asian, Middle Eastern, European, Mexican, etc..) as well as delis and bakeries.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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Lol, the Boise area has several Winco's and the grocer is headquartered in Boise and has a large shipping facility east of the airport.
Really? I thought there was just that on... Oh, I think Fairview Ave? I heard Boise's blossomed quite a bit!
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:25 PM
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Anyone been to the Berkeley Bowl (California) or Stew Leonard's (Conn)? I haven't been to either but plan to next time I am in the area.

I was quite impressed with the Suffield, Conn branch of the small Highland Market chain - quite upscale selection of perishable items for what looked like a fairly small town. I actually want to go again - also will visit a Stew Leonard's and sample more New Haven pizza.
i've never been to a stew leonard's , but have heard a lot about them- 30 yrs ago i worked for a chain supermarket and they showed up a highlight film on stew leonards

they were even mentioned in the tv show ...sopranos..
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:28 PM
 
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Winco and Trader Joes. Winco is half the price of Safeway and typically has more selection and deals. Trader Joe's because they have tons of afforable, healthy options without the whole foods price.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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I don't have this choice, but I wish I did. Fresh meat from the butcher, fresh vegetables from vegetable sellers at the market, spices from the shops that specialize in it, milk and bread delivered fresh as requested. Wheat flour and rice, sugar, salt and other unperishables from shops that specialize in that. Shops specializing in things such as pastries, sweets, yogurt and paneer.

That's what I grew up with in India. It was kind of fun choosing from small shops, and everything was fresh and top quality. We didn't have refrigerators, and that was a minus, but maybe a plus too.
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