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Old 03-26-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Ok, here's a strange question - my boyfriend and I are moving to Brandon from the suburbs of St Paul, MN. We've been looking online at some basic stuff - restaurants in the area, coffee shops, shopping, etc. One thing we noticed is that the grocery stores seem different from what we're used to.

We have very large grocery stores here (2 major chains) - probably 30 to 40 aisles of groceries - huge deli - 4 aisles of frozen food - tons of produce - large variety of dairy products - are we going to find anything like that there!?!

Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Yes and no. From your description, it sounds like we might have more stores, but they are smaller. The chain stores are Publix, Sweetbay, Winn Dixie, and Albertsons (I think that's all). Then there are the boutique stores such as Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Whaleys, Nature's Harvest, etc. And the super stores have groceries as well (Target & Walmart). We also have a few of Walmart's Neighborhood Market stores (groceries only). Let's just say there are lots of choices and no sales tax on food items!
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Great! That helps a lot!! I've actually heard of some of the ones you list although we don't have them here.

We don't currently pay tax on food so that is good to know. You do pay tax on clothing though, right?!?
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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Yep, tax on clothing..

I like Publix because they carry many things other stores don't carry. There stores are always clean and the ppl are nice. They will order you anything they don't carry. They have some great premade food too in the meat dept. Their fried chicken and deli chicken are very good. Meat tends to be a little more expensive but the quality was good.
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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Smile Good Groceries

We are moving to Tampa from Minneapolis/St. Paul as well and used to live in Orlando. The grocery chains in FL - Publix and Albertsons are way way way better then Cub and Rainbow in MN. Although you do have to try out several different locations. For example, one Publix might be just ok, but go 2 miles down the road and you might find an incredible one, same thing with Albertsons. Oh, and Albertsons is owned by SuperValu who also owns Cub. WholeFoods, Wild Oates (east coast FL) and Fresh Market are very good... kind of like the Trader Joes in MN, but alot bigger.

One big difference... there is a grocery store and a Walgreens or Eckard/CVS on every street corner in FL.

In MN, we are used to every little suburb having it's own Target (sometimes 2) because they are headquartered here... not the case in FL. Although FL Targets have a outdoor garden section (and wine!!)
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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sandandwater - where abouts are you in the Cities now?!? We're living in Eagan. I'm a born and raised Minnesotan so I can not wait to get out of here and away from winter!

Thanks for the grocery store info. I'm pretty partial to the Rainbow right down the road from home now so knowing what to expect will help!

Wine at Target?!? Does life get any better than that?!? LOL
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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Unhappy yep! tax on just about everything

including pre-made food in the deil. like those great rotisserie chickens
another couple of posters mentioned Super Target. I think there is now one in Brandon or it's on the way. I don't do Wal-Mart so can't speak to that.


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Great! That helps a lot!! I've actually heard of some of the ones you list although we don't have them here.

We don't currently pay tax on food so that is good to know. You do pay tax on clothing though, right?!?
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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I can't comment on the grocery stores as compared to up north, but there are plenty. Publix (to me) is above and beyond any of the others in terms of cleanliness, variety and value.

As for Target, there is a regular Target in actual "Brandon" and a SuperTarget right near the border of Brandon and Riverview (I'm not sure which one it is in. The two are about three to four miles apart. There are also your typical super wal-marts.

Good luck and welcome (in advance)!!
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