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Unread 04-05-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Can anybody explain why there are two listings for Giant? It looks like it's split up by states. Different companies or owners?
The two Giants are totally different companies, or used to be. Part of the PA/WV/etc Giant is known as Martin's, or they certainly used to be connected to the PA Giant. I'm not certain that things haven't changed with those companies more recently.

Stop and Shop is definitely deserving of that low ranking, really bad.

I still find that Cranberry Giant Eagle, which is not a company-owned store, is pretty good most of the time. Except for pricing, on which a lot of stuff especially produce is not very good. Just don't have good options sometimes. I occasionally have the patience to go to multiple stores to get all the things I want, but someone else who is usually with me typically does not.

While we're on this, h_curtis, have you ever shopped at this Frankferd Farms in Saxonburg? Frankferd Farms Foods | Your Organic and Natural Foods Supplier I only learned of it recently, gotta check that out sometime. They are *wholesalers* for most of the things they sell, various organic products, plus they still mill some of their own grains. I believe they get some produce too. On Saturdays and Wednesday nights apparently they let you browse the warehouse.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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While we're on this, h_curtis, have you ever shopped at this Frankferd Farms in Saxonburg? Frankferd Farms Foods | Your Organic and Natural Foods Supplier I only learned of it recently, gotta check that out sometime. They are *wholesalers* for most of the things they sell, various organic products, plus they still mill some of their own grains. I believe they get some produce too. On Saturdays and Wednesday nights apparently they let you browse the warehouse.
Interesting. Thanks for that link. I might have to check that out someday.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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Grew up in Rochester NY, which is where Wegmans got its start. That supermarket deserves all the praise it gets. Fantastic produce and baked goods...they put artisan stations and restaurants inside supermarkets before it was cool. I really wish Pgh had a few of them to show GEagle who's boss. Some of the Market Districts are catching up, but still have a way to go in quality and variety. Then you go to locations like the store in East Liberty, which is half-way to being a rural marketplace in the Dark Ages...

HOMEWORK: Where would folks put the Bloomfield Shur-Save on this list?
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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Can anybody explain why there are two listings for Giant? It looks like it's split up by states. Different companies or owners?
I can. Giant Food Stores has been based in Carlisle PA for ~80 years and operated under the Giant and Martins banners in PA, VA, MD and WV. They used the Martins banner in markets in which they competed against Giant Eagle or Giant Foods of Landover, MD. Giant of MD operated in MD, DC, VA and NJ. Then along came Ahold, a Dutch company, which bought them both (Giant of PA in 1981 and Giant of MD in the mid-90's). They joined Stop & Shop, a Quincy, MA-based chain in the Ahold family ... along with a few others which were subsequently sold. For several years, Ahold has been consolidating operations, effectively melding these 3 operating companies into one big happy family, with centralized Merchandising, IT, Accounting, etc. Quite a challenge it has been.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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On another note, what is everyone's opinion on Shop 'n'Save?
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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HOMEWORK: Where would folks put the Bloomfield Shur-Save on this list?
On life support, of course. I concur that the East Liberty Giant Eagle (in the Shady Hill Shopping Center) is horrific. I tend to split my grocery orders anymore between Trader Joe's and Target.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh PA
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On life support, of course. I concur that the East Liberty Giant Eagle (in the Shady Hill Shopping Center) is horrific. I tend to split my grocery orders anymore between Trader Joe's and Target.
I agree with you completely. I go past there every day on my way home, yet purposely go out of my way to another Giant Eagle because that one is terrible (I don't even want to know what sure save is like)
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Unread 04-05-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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The East Liberty Giant Eagle is poorly laid out, and the North Side one can have some seedy characters at times (especially milling about the parking lot), but the stores themselves are fine. They're not anything special, but they are clean and have your typical selection. The selection and cleanliness doesn't seem much different from the Murray Ave Giant Eagle except that there's no Kosher section.

Shur-save in Bloomfield certainly is another story, though. But I'll admit that it's a guilty pleasure of mine. It's very inexpensive, and I loathe Shadyside Giant Eagle Market District, so I got pretty used to it when I lived in Bloomfield.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Penn Hills
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Really? I've been in there, and it's a Kroger but can't figure out what is so great about that.
I haven't been in there. I'm just going by the fact that Kroger owns Fred Meyer, and they were great in Portland.
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Unread 04-06-2012, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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I haven't been in there. I'm just going by the fact that Kroger owns Fred Meyer, and they were great in Portland.
Well, to be fair it's also been, eh, 5 years or something since I was in there, and it was only briefly. If you look at the list posted now, Fred Meyer ranks somewhat higher than Kroger. The common ownership doesn't always mean anything. I've been in Fred Meyer too but it's been way too many years and too little to pay much attention. I remember vaguely both a really old one and a really new one in Salt Lake City back probably 15 years ago roughly. The main things I remember were the new one was two-story, and the old one had one of those rounded roofs.
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