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Old 06-15-2015, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Hi Matt,

I know posters mean well but, from what I gather, it seems you're not looking for suggestions of Food Lion or Wal-Mart. I wouldn't exactly consider these to be the "good" stores. Nothing wrong with these at all, but I don't glean that that's what you're looking for...

Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods probably fit the bill. HT was actually recently bought by Kroger (though still maintains HQ in NC) and, since then, I've seen prices on some items drop and 10 for $10 sales start to pop-up that Kroger Plus customers are used to. Lowes Foods is another NC-based chain (actually based in Winston)--generally less selection than HT and slightly higher prices, but they've recently started rebranding stores and have started placing a large emphasis on local. Publix is coming too!

Farther up the chain are The Fresh Market (national chain, based in Greensboro) and Whole Foods. I view Trader Joe's as more of a specialty store.

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Hi Matt,

I know posters mean well but, from what I gather, it seems you're not looking for suggestions of Food Lion or Wal-Mart. I wouldn't exactly consider these to be the "good" stores. Nothing wrong with these at all, but I don't glean that that's what you're looking for...

Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods probably fit the bill. HT was actually recently bought by Kroger (though still maintains HQ in NC) and, since then, I've seen prices on some items drop and 10 for $10 sales start to pop-up that Kroger Plus customers are used to. Lowes Foods is another NC-based chain (actually based in Winston)--generally less selection than HT and slightly higher prices, but they've recently started rebranding stores and have started placing a large emphasis on local. Publix is coming too!

Farther up the chain are The Fresh Market (national chain, based in Greensboro) and Whole Foods. I view Trader Joe's as more of a specialty store.

Hope this helps!
I didn't see where anyone suggested that Food Lion or Wal Mart were considered the "good" grocery stores around here, but simply that Food Lions vary between different neighborhoods. Of course HT and Lowes are more upscale with WF and FM at the top.
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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Hi Matt,

I know posters mean well but, from what I gather, it seems you're not looking for suggestions of Food Lion or Wal-Mart. I wouldn't exactly consider these to be the "good" stores. Nothing wrong with these at all, but I don't glean that that's what you're looking for...

Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods probably fit the bill. HT was actually recently bought by Kroger (though still maintains HQ in NC) and, since then, I've seen prices on some items drop and 10 for $10 sales start to pop-up that Kroger Plus customers are used to. Lowes Foods is another NC-based chain (actually based in Winston)--generally less selection than HT and slightly higher prices, but they've recently started rebranding stores and have started placing a large emphasis on local. Publix is coming too!

Farther up the chain are The Fresh Market (national chain, based in Greensboro) and Whole Foods. I view Trader Joe's as more of a specialty store.

Hope this helps!
I don't see why these can't be considered good stores; one can shop at either and get the job done. The difference is in the prejudice of the clientele and décor.
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Old 06-22-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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I just want to say that I am fine with shopping with Food Lion (but not Wal-Mart on principle). I was really just curious what the variety was around there. We have very little choice around here and if I can't get it at kroger, my only other choice is to drive 30-45 minutes to the "fancy" grocery store. Again, where I grew up, the Food Lions were poorly kept up. It wasn't about the decor, but about being dirty with frequently out-of-date stock.

I really like to cook, and actually really like to grocery shop for particular things. It sounds like I will have some good choices of where to go.
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