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Old 08-08-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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Kroger bought out a St. Louis based chain that was popular here....so they have a local monopoly now. They have done similar things in other parts of the country. There has to be some sort of anti-trust situation going on there, right?

Publix and Trader Joe's are moving to the metro. They just can't get here fast enough. Publix will likely open several different stores at once. I predict Trader Joe's will start with one store.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Just for the sake of accuracy, Kroger didn't buy out the Schnucks chain. Schnucks pulled out of Memphis, and Kroger took over some of their store locations - but the Schnucks chain is alive and well....just not here
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:16 PM
 
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Oddly enough, Schnucks took over some of Kroger's chains in the St. Louis area.

Shady, IMO.
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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Kroger bought out a St. Louis based chain that was popular here....so they have a local monopoly now. They have done similar things in other parts of the country. There has to be some sort of anti-trust situation going on there, right?

Publix and Trader Joe's are moving to the metro. They just can't get here fast enough. Publix will likely open several different stores at once. I predict Trader Joe's will start with one store.
Has either made an official announcement? I did a little Googling, and all I can find are articles saying Publix isn't ruling out to coming to Memphis, but has no plans to any time soon. And for TJ's, I just see links to stories about people wanting a TJ's in Memphis.

Publix would be great for Memphis because they invade an area and everyone else has to step up their game.

Every Kroger near me has remodeled and stepped up their customer service since Publix came to Nashville.

I wish the Seesel's family would go back into the grocery business, or at least the bakery business. I would drive to Memphis just to buy their cakes.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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Kroger has remodeled a lot of their stores. Poplar/Kirby, Sanderlin, and Poplar Plaza have all been substantially expanded and upgraded. Their produce is still underripe and the seafood still looks stale though.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Also, Kroger is building a new Union Ave store, has announced a remodel of the Cleveland Street store, and seems like one another (Whitehaven, maybe??).

The Poplar Plaza store is where I shop, but sometimes I'm still disappointed. The onions are always soft and have gnats flying around. Gross. I moved from East TN with local chains like Earth Fare, Ingles and Food City which are far superior to Kroger. I can't believe somewhere as large as Memphis has no other options.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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I think Publix and maybe TJ will come to the Memphis area eventually I also think when places like Jonesboro, Tupelo and Jackson TN are ready for Pulbix you may see it come to Memphis they maybe looking at distribution centers to cover these areas Memphis has really more to do with the Mid-South than TN when it comes to these things and remember this is one of the poorest regions in the US.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:04 PM
 
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Along with all of these Kroger stores, is there anything like Walmart or Target superstores for groceries, as well? We don't have many choices in our area, but I like to use Aldi, superstores, and Dollar Tree to find a lot of the things we use to keep the prices down before hitting the more expensive grocery stores. Loving reading about these things to prepare me for when we join my husband over there.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:05 PM
 
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Oh, and in the northeast part of TN. we also had places like White's, Food City, and I think Food Lion. None of those around Memphis?
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:59 AM
 
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Hi, I'm from Northeast Tennessee too. There is not much like Food City here; the upscale Krogers in East Memphis and Germantown would be the closest thing. White's and Food Lion are more like the Cost Plus store on Madison in Midtown.

We have several Aldi, though they have not really "penetrated" the core downtown-Midtown-East Memphis-Germantown markets much, it seems. We do have Dollar Tree and Dollar General but they are much LOWER in quality than I'm used to in Northeast TN.

I think you'll find that the demographics of Northeast TN (middle-lower income) are fewer in Memphis. We have many well-to-do families, and many families living far under poverty lines. So there are less stores in general that cater to what I would consider "affordable." We definitely spend more money on food in Memphis than I ever did in Johnson City.

Wal-Mart can be hard to get to, depending on where you live. There's one in Whitehaven that I don't feel all that comfortable at. I like the Walmart in Raleigh but it's a long haul from my house. There's a giant Supercenter on Germantown Road but, again, it's at least 15-20 minutes from my house.

The only Super-Target is also on Germantown Road beside Walmart. The closest Target for much of the western half of the city is on Colonial Road, and they carry some groceries; the one at Poplar/I-240 carries more. If your husband is working on Riverport Road, that's a long drive.

In short, get ready to drive further. Bartlett is really "the" solid working class, safe community, but it's on the opposite end of the city from Riverport Rd. Parts of Midtown (especially the "fringes") may work, and it's very centrally located. Ya'll might end up looking in North Mississippi for housing, around Southaven/Horn Lake (both Walmart & Target) or Hernando (just Walmart)...
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