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Old 05-13-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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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.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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Somewhat limited on choices. No Grocery store in the City I live. There is a small "Value-Plus" 25 miles away. Often have local products shop there most. Forty miles in the opposite direction There is a Coburns and a Hugos. They are fairly close to each other so check out the sales at each. All have excellent baked good.

Around the area are frequent "Farmers Markets"

On our trips to Fargo we have a larger choice and there is a Halal Market. Also several Asiatic markets, those are when we stock up on Groceries.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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In no particular order (and for different reasons):

Wegman's - PA&NY
Schnuck's - St. Louis
Dierbergs - St. Louis
Hy Vee - Iowa
Kowalski's - MSP
Aldi
Byerly - MSP
Dorothy Lane Markets - Dayton
Mitsuwa Marketplace
Super H Mart
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Very few grocery stores are national, making this thread somewhat pointless.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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H-E-B. Individual stores vary somewhat, but overall, the stores tend to have most everything I need. Where I recently moved from, H-E-B & Walmart were the only options.

Now, I have tons of other options, but H-E-B is still my primary store.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Given my love for ethnic food, I'm lucky to live in an area with plenty of ethnic supermarkets: Chinese, Mexican, Phillipines, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, etc. But my favorite is Lotte. It's 20 minutes from my house so it's a bit out of the way considering there's Grand Mart - also an international supermarket - roughly a mile from my house. But I make the drive to Lotte weekly because of its good selections.

Their fresh produce section is unbeatable and very affordable. I can't wait for summer when exotic fruits such as Mangosteen, rose apple, sour sop, and my husband's favorite fruit called Chiku (manilkara zapota), Jack fruit, Lychee, rambutan, etc, are in season. Their selections of vegetables are outstanding and fresh, and best of all, very affordable. All kinds of green leafy veggies that I never knew people eat, including young dandelion leafs

Then there's fresh seafood, last weekend I encountered a live sea cucumber in a tank in their seafood section. I didn't buy it but I took a picture since I've never seen the creature in its live form before. Their spices section is very well stocked. I simply love this supermarket!
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:02 AM
 
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Very few grocery stores are national, making this thread somewhat pointless.
Very true. There are stores like Super Target (which I like for the most part but they aren't in my new area) and Super Walmart (which I try to avoid, but do use sometimes)....maybe you could count Costcos.

Ohio had Kroger stores...they were hit or miss, Mejers....and I thought I had heard they went under, but Giant Eagle had some nice stores.

I agree. I will say that NC had some nice stores...Lowe's and Harris Teeter were the main ones and nice ones could be found in even smaller towns. Food Lion (Rancid Kitty) was much more hit or miss...but they were starting to improve because of their bad reputation.

Wisconsin on the other hand...oy vey. The town I am in only has a 'Roundy's'.....which I've learned is actually one of the nicer ones compared to others in the area. I go up to Madion and hit the Hy-Vee's....which I really like a lot. Great meat selection, nice mix of grocery items, great deli and prices seem fair.....but I hate having to drive 30 mintues just to find a decent grocery when I am not living out in the sticks. There is also Woodman's up here.....HUGE stores....in fact I think they are too large so I avoid them.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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It's no contest, Whole Foods is the best. Runners up include Trader Joes, Aldis, and Fresh Market.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Here in Denver, I primarily use Super Target, Trader Joe's, Albertsons and King Soopers.

King Soopers is a Kroger brand. We also have Safeway, Whole Foods, Sprouts and some other natural foods store.

I read that Albertsons bought Safeway, so I think we'll lose that brand. Vons, out in California, is under the Safeway brand, so I assume those are going away as well.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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For my needs and looking through the cupboards finally decided the best store for my particular needs is the American/Asian Market on Main st in Fargo.

It seems most of our groceries come from there.
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