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Old 11-27-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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I just moved to the Chattanooga area a few months ago, and just officially got my own place last week. So today I finally made a full run to Bi-Lo, with my Bi-Lo club card in hand, and was really disappointed in the prices of things. Few good club deals, and many prices higher than I've experienced elsewhere (I'm from Washington State). Is this true at Food Lion too? Is there anywhere, besides Walmart, to get cheaper groceries at a quality store around here? What are your guys' experiences?

Edit: FYI this was the Bi-Lo on Hixson Pike, between the North Shore and Red Bank.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Hmmm... I always thought that BiLo was generally cheaper than most of their competitors (Publix, Fresh Market, Food Lion) when using their Bonus Card. Make sure you're looking at the individual prices to compare with what you're used to paying (i.e. the sales tax here is pretty high)... and see if the prices you've paid are with the Bonus Card. You do have to be pretty careful as Bi Lo has a reputation for being among the least expensive. I go to the Super Bi Lo out on Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:44 PM
 
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A lot of things are higher here than they were in Pennsylvania (where we left). But gas & electric is cheaper so I guess it all balances out.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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how about your car & home owners insurance?
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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My car insurance went down here, which is nice. And rent is a heck of a lot cheaper around here than where I'm from... so it more than balances out for me too. But was still surprised to see the grocery prices. Guess I was mostly just disappointed in the lack of Bi-Lo club savings. When I shopped at Safeway in Washington, there were always REALLY good deals for club members.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I think grocery prices went up everywhere this past 8 months or so. My brother was just complaining that in FL everything was going up in the grocery stores (he said as he was packing to move here to TN ), my friend in CT was saying the same last month and I have noticed in increase in several of my staple products in the past few months.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: St Petersburg, FL
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Bi-Lo is in Bankruptcy and is trying to make themselves look good for potential buyers. I would guess they have raised prices recently in a strategic move . . . However . . .

There just isn't much choice / competition in Chatt for the prices to be lower. That's really the reality:

"Bi-Lo is the market leader in Chattanooga, both in terms of number of stores and market share. With 36 stores in the Chattanooga DMA, the chain has roughly a 37 percent market share as reported by Metro Market Studies in their 2006 Grocery Distribution Analysis and Guide."

- Bi-Lo Unveils Expansion Plans in Chattanooga Market | North America > United States from AllBusiness.com (http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/food-stores/4262417-1.html - broken link)

That's an insane market share for a city of this size.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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Car insurance went down for sure, TriDad. The homeowner's insurance is about the same. Rent is higher here too, but housing prices are lower. I think it all balances out. The property taxes are half what we were paying in PA, and the no sales tax is great. However, we paid 6% sales tax and no tax on food, drugs, or clothing. We're bleeding local tax money here in Chattanooga. Probably all a wash in the end though.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at Lido Beach)
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I moved away from Chattanooga less than 2 years ago. While there, I was disappointed with the lack of upscale, major grocers (for a city that size). Bi-Lo was dominant and most Bi-Lo stores (at that time) were run-down and old (I won't even talk about Food Lion, which was worse). Prior to moving, Bi-Lo opened a nice, large store in North Chattanooga (in Red Bank) and was planning to open a new store in the east Brainerd/Apison area. Of course, with Publix opening new stores in Chattanooga the entire grocery scene has changed (for the better). I imagine Bi-Lo is under tremendous pressure from Publix.

I also will also mention that the new Greenlife store in North Shore was incredible and was MUCH improved from their previous tiny location. I even hear that Earthfare is coming to Chattanooga. A lot of great changes just in the last few years. Now, if Chattanooga can get a Costco...
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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Earthfare is opening very soon in East Brainerd!
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