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View Poll Results: Which grocery store chain is the best?
Wegmans 24 24.49%
Trader Joes 21 21.43%
Publix 33 33.67%
Fareway Stores 1 1.02%
Costco 10 10.20%
Harris Teeter 5 5.10%
Market Basket 1 1.02%
Raley's 0 0%
Hy-Vee 2 2.04%
Stater Bros 1 1.02%
Voters: 98. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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What about Kroger or Dominciks? looks like the OP never been to Midwestern cities.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:34 PM
 
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The OP has every right to make his/her own list. However, we have the right to add ours. That's what makes this site beautiful!

BTW, some of the chains mentioned above are just the same chains as their owners. For example, Dominicks is basically Safeway, as is Von's. Jewel is basically Alberstsons, Fred Meyer is Kroger, as is QFC, and Ralphs.
What has happened with groceries is the same thing happening with airlines, the difference is, grocery stores are more personal and local, so they tend to hang on to their original names, despite ownership.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:23 PM
 
Location: West Coast - Best Coast!
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The OP has every right to make his/her own list. However, we have the right to add ours. That's what makes this site beautiful!

BTW, some of the chains mentioned above are just the same chains as their owners. For example, Dominicks is basically Safeway, as is Von's. Jewel is basically Alberstsons, Fred Meyer is Kroger, as is QFC, and Ralphs.
What has happened with groceries is the same thing happening with airlines, the difference is, grocery stores are more personal and local, so they tend to hang on to their original names, despite ownership.
I beg to differ. Just because a store is owned by one company, as is the case with Kroger, doesn't mean there aren't differences. Fred Meyer doesn't carry all of the higher end items QFC carries, and Ralph's doesn't have the same quality feel that QFC does. Ralph's is more like the Safeways in the Seattle area.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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I can agree with your post, but I was just pointing out that many stores with different names are owned by the same companies. Their services may vary.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:44 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Since the only store on the poll list that I'm familiar with is Costco, I voted for:

Winco.

I will take the inconvenience of self-bagging any day for the great prices at Winco.

Are there long checkout lines? Sure there are. And with the self-bagging, you can get really bogged down if you get behind someone who is really, really slow.

But one thing that I have noticed about Winco is that they do seem to try to have enough lines open to keep things moving. I've been in my local Walmart three days before Christmas and been shocked (and not happy) to see a total of three checkout lines open but I can go to Winco on a busy day and they have every single checkout line in operation.

For the most part, I have actually been very happy with the customer service I have found at the Winco's I have shopped at.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Miss Jankins (Say nothing bad).
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yeah it's such a shame they've pulled out of memphis. They're limited to mo, il, wi, in and ia now i think. Their biggest presence of course is in the st. Louis metro. not even kroger could survive here due to schnucks popularity

wow!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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Wegman's reputation precedes it, it really is a very high quality grocery store. When I lived in the south people often compared Wegmans to Harris Teeter and it is certainly the closest thing to a southern version of Wegmans...but not quite the same. HT is much more expensive (granted grocery prices in NC in general were higher than they are in Upstate NY so that could be part of it) IMO the worst thing about them though rarely mentioned; extremely narrow aisles.

For people asking why Winn-Dixie or Food Lion aren't on the list....wow. Probably because they had small, ugly, old stores, their meat was often (in our experience) barely kept in healthy temperatures at the store and often had a lot of brown spots already (this was especially true in WD).
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Does anyone have Rainbow, Cub or Kolwaski's in your citiy?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Does anyone have Rainbow, Cub or Kolwaski's in your citiy?
Winco used to be Cub Foods.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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Food Lion definitely doesn't deserve to be on the list. They got caught doing some nasty stuff in the 1990s- bleaching old meat, selling cheese that had been gnawed on by rats. Yuck!
Food Lyin'? | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 15, 1997 | PBS
And in the late 2000s, they were caught storing meat at the wrong tempature to save on electric bills. They didn't learn for their earlier scandals.

Love Trader Joe's and Costco, but neither can be called a true grocery store, IMO. Trader's Joes is obviously closer, but I couldn't get every thing I need for a family of 5 there every week.

Kroger, Publix, and Harris Teeter are the grocery stores are closest to me, and I voted for Publix. I never realized I could actually love a grocery store the way I love Publix, lol. The only thing that Publix lacks is a big selection of prepared foods. Harris Teeter is better for that.
Kroger is fine, but can't compare to the other two on anything other than prices. The service and freshness of their items doesn't even compare. Publix is the absolute best at service and quality food.

One store that we love that is not on the list is Ingles. I think it is a smaller, regional chain HQ'd in NC. We absolutely love the one in Waynesville, NC, and always shop there when we vacationing over there. I've only been to that one, so I don't know if they are all that nice. But I would love to have the one in Waynesville open a store like that in my city.
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