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Old 02-05-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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Please remember that this area is growing and many people who are moving here dont have a "Me-Maw" or a "Pa-Paw" to help watch their children.
I agree 100%. There aren't a lot of options for single, working parents. I'd be more comfortable leaving children at a public place where I would be within 200 feet of them, and they could socialize with other children, then leaving them with a babysitter at home.

As much as I love a lot of this area, there is a lot of close mindedness about other ways of doing things.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Funny, when Hills/Ames was here in JC, it was in the complex with Kroger. We still have our Fred's down near Newbie's, but I don't see how they stay in business. Who in the world would want to shop there? Hmm...
Our Freds did not last long in Bristol. The only thing I ever bought there was a certain brand of Dial bath soap. That was the only place that carried the kind I liked. Wal-Mart had stopped carrying it.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Telford, TN
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Perhaps one of the better stores will come into the area and give Ingles and Food City some competition so that just maybe, they'll improve their services.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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Actually, NE TN IS deficient in the supermarket business. It's like grocery shopping in the 70s. But it appears that the area is more of a Walmart crowd, anyway. I think a high-end store wouldn't be appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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"But it appears that the area is more of a Walmart crowd, anyway"

Way to stereotype everyone in the region. Yes, some people prefer Wal-Mart, but every time I've been to EarthFare (definitely not wal-mart), its been crowded.

Personally, I love Publix. It is the only thing I will miss about Nashville. I would much rather shop for good food vs cheap food, but that's just me.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yep ya'll come on down to East Tennessee, where all we do is drive our tinpot cars to tha Walmart to see what they got in this mornin'!!! Don't ferget yer teeth!

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Old 02-10-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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I hear you Jab, some people just don't get it. In order to have uber-ritzy super markets, you have to have highfalutin' jobs and lots of them. Once this occurs in the TriCities, and it might some day, it will be less like the TriCities and more like Big City north east, Atlanta, Cincinnati, etc. Then people will be looking next great place to "escape" to ... and subsequently ruin.

There's nothing wrong with a desire to improve, but geese people, to be ripping every local grocery is just ridiculous. Food City in Kpt and 11E, Earth Fare by ETSU, and Food Country on 394 are immaculate stores - clean, well stocked, and reasonably priced. Further, all three are regionally owned.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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It will happen again, but next time I just don't know where. It's already happened in the Northeast, Florida, Arizona, California. Will there someday be a great flock to Kansas???
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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We have Whole Foods and EarthFare in Charleston and I don't think their prices are worth my time....nor the yuppy snobs who shop there. I prefer Publix here, and some of the Piggly Wiggly's (once you get past the name! LOL). Up there, I like Food City - the ones I've shopped in are clean, have good prices, good selection, and friendly employees. What more could you ask for? And...hey, what's wrong with Walmart anyway?? LOL (I usually remember my teeth)
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I kind of liked Piggly Wiggly when they were here, but that's been at LEAST ten years ago, if not more.

I could never survive by shopping solely at Earth Fare, too expensive, but for some items that I prefer to eat in a more responsible way, or fresher and/or healthier (like meat, and eggs, especially), and for specialty foods, it's a great resource.
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