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Old 10-12-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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I've only been here a week and have been to Bi-Lo, Wal-mart, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Publix and Bloom yes I like to grocery shop...lol.

I checked out Bloom today and was wondering what makes it different than the others? I didn't have time to go through the whole store. We've got food allergies so I'm always looking for good prices on organic stuff and gluten free stuff etc.

Also -- so far the prices for what I normally buy (from where we used to live) are a little higher. (for instance -- $4.29 for a box of fruit leathers vs. $3.99 from our former home).

Any suggestions for best stores to shop in? So far, looks like I'll be doing Wal mart for general stuff, Publix for some things, and Whole Foods for some of our kids specialty allergy free snacks.

Thanks!
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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Bloom stores do not seem as different as when they first came to the Greenville market a few years back. But, they do still have some things that make them unique....

- Their stores are a bit smaller than the standard grocery store.....they are more of a market.
- You can use a scanner, scan your groceries as you go through the store....bag your groceries as you go through the store, then just swipe your debit card at the end. Very easy and fast. Much faster than even the U-Scan checkouts other stores have.
- They have a really good pre-made, hot food area, called Tabletop. Everything you need for a complete hot dinner in minutes....all merchandised together.
- They have a good organic section.
- They have computer kiosk throughout the store. You can get recipes as well as type in the dinner you are having and it will recommend the proper wine, etc.
- You can enter your shopping list online from your home computer, throughout the week, then print it out when you get to the store.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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A ha! I didn't notice the bag and scan as you go option! Certainly different indeed! Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Not as much as there used to be.... :-(
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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Walmart has the cheapest prices for the basic stuff...unless there is a really good sale going on at the other stores, but even then Wal-Mart's normal price of an item is probably the same. I haven't been to Earth Fare, but it seems similar to the Fresh Market. Publix is a great store...the prices are not bad, they have high quality food, and overall it's just a more pleasant shopping experience. Publix also has a mystery item each week for one cent (you don't find out what the item is until you get to the store but it's only one penny!) Bi-Lo is just ok...the prices are ok to a little high. Bloom was already described...not too sure about the prices there though but seems like a very clean and spiffy place.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Fountain Inn SC
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Did you see the kiosk where you can scan your Bloom card and it prints coupons just for you? The coupons are based on prior purchases. Check it out the next time you are there.....
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:47 AM
 
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Bloom is just Food Lion's attempt to compete with Publix and other upscale stores.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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Bloom is the closet store to me...I drive by it on my way to Wal-Mart. (Not a big fan of Wal-Mart, but gotta go where I can save the $$$)
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Bloom is just Food Lion's attempt to compete with Publix and other upscale stores.
I totally agree with this, it's just a gimmick, and its usually more expensive than the other stores I shop at + I had a horrible experience there, I think I already posted about it somewhere else on the forum so i'll spare the details.

I shop at ingles for quick shopping trips and super walmart for big grocery trips, you really can't beat wally world on prices, and the one in central has great variety of products.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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Ingles!? there's another store I haven't discovered?!? my my...
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