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Old 10-21-2009, 01:21 PM
 
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Jan & Bill - True words about Asheville grocery stores and shopping in general! That's how we shop here in Florida and we did in W PA too. And when we visit Asheville we will do the same.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Default I hate Ingles

You are not alone. I hate Ingles. I would do almost anything to never have to go into that store (if you call it that) again.

Mine is a new Super Ingles in Black Mountain. A really large store in a very small town. The layout, I was told by 3 different employees, is geared to make you go through the entire store, hopefully seeing items and buying what you do not need. Snacks is labeled in one row and yet snacks is in at least 4 rows. Sandwich meat in one place and the cheese clear across the store (football field away). Isn't there someone smart enough at the store to realize woman with children do not have time to walk football fields and older people can not walk foot ball fields. Their own employees have told me they shop at Bi Lo and how much they can not stand it. If I worked there and I had to LOOK for absolutely everything all the time to help customers - I wouldn't be happy either. Maybe that is their customer service happiness problem. Anyone, I have spoken with does not like working there. They avoid us to not have to answer any questions as to "Where is flour this week?"

I brought home more bad food from the store in 1 year than I have from all the stores I shopped at in my precvious 30 years. I have to check the date on the vegatable cans. Family packages of meat always have had bad meat on the bottom. Moldy cheese, flat soda, rancid mayonaise, etc. I wrote, then I sent a letter to the President, then I said I would contact the board of health. It improved.

So much waste. An Ingles Superstore in the middle of Black Mountain.

I would never buy a Laura Lynn product as I figure there customer service is bad, there layout is atrocious so what can their plant be like. I assume filthy.

So a layout to make you walk miles and hopefully impulse shop, poor customer service, rude managers, having to check dates on cans of vegatables, employees not even knowing where items are as they change locations so frequently, all their sale signs for dear Laura Lynn (and you know if the store which we see is run this poorly - what can the plant be like), ......

I will be moving (I hope) and I will make sure that there are other grocery stores besides Ingles to shop at. They seem to have monopolized the market and maybe they feel they can force you to accept whatever they want to hit you with.

The deli gee don't do it. I asked if potatoe salad was fresh. The guy looked at the date and told me it had been made on Mon so it was fresh. This was on a Thursday.

I will move to not have to shop there.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Weaverville
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We have shopped at the Ingles on N. Merrimon, at the New Stock Rd intersection and the one on Weaver Rd in Weaverville and they are all different stores. The one at New Stock Rd is a dump and we just avoid the place altogether. The one on Merrimon is right across from Fresh Market and serves the Grove Park and Beaver Lake areas so has to keep their act clean to some extent. The one on Weaver Rd is directly across from Food Lion and just down the street from WalMart so has to really watch their P's and Q's due to the competition. It is a superb store and the employees go out of their way to be helpful.

However, you are right about the fact that you have to wander all over the store to find stuff. I think the reason the cheese and sandwich meats are so far apart is that the meat is in the meat section and the cheese is in the dairy section and they are far apart. That said, moving products around and scattering them is a common marketing ploy used to "encourage" the customer to look around at all the stuff they have. WalMart is the same way, meat up front and dairy back in the back of the store. We tend to shop for a lot of stuff at Ingles and specialty items at Fresh Market and Greenlife--some things are actually cheaper there--pies for example are about $8.50 at Ingles and $7.99 at Fresh Market. I just wish that the Targets in Asheville had grocery sections--those in NVa were our favorite stores--Larry
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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We felt like we saw Ingles everywhere last week, but thank god - there still is competition - and more to come

If you never did, you should try Welcome to ALDI.

It's actually a german chain with great prices on daily stuff and online you can check out their bi-weekly specials ALDI in germany is THE place to go.

since we can't get alcohol in supermarkets here in delaware, we bought a couple of boxes of wine at aldi/asheville and it is such a yummy one for a couple of bucks per box.
they have great european chocolate, cookies, coffee etc. depends on the location, I guess, but usually also fresh stuff is good and very affordable.
no organic milk etc though, that's sad.

Aldi and trader joe's seem to be one company, aldi is more sort of common, inexpensive groceries, trader joe's a natural food store with a great variety, happy people and very good prices compared to whole foods.
we have been to an earth fare market and I felt like I entered whole foods , but with three children and one income we could not afford to buy everything there.

so there IS competition for Ingles - and that's a good thing.

as mentioned before, COSTCO is our favorite place, where you can get just ANYTHING. best prices (since you buy huge amounts, you need some storage though ....) great international food in superb quality and incredible customer service.
there were rumors about a costco coming to the asheville area, but even if you have to go to spartanburg (sp ?) twice a month, it's worth the drive.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home
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Cofga- The Target set back off Tunnel Road does have groceries and they seem to be expanding the selection.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Weaverville
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Mr Yuck--my wife was there today and she says that yes they do have a limited selection but not at all like a Super Target which has a full grocery store comparable to a Walmart or Ingles. Thanks--Larry
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Canton NC
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WEll, maybe I'm alone here, but I like Ingles. Ours in Canton got remodeled last year. They have a special area in fresh produce where they carry Haywood County farmer's produce and Hendersonville apples. They have alot more organic (and affordably organic) selections now; even carrying Almond Milk, Goat milk, and the standard Soy milk. I've noticed they carry alot of regionally produced foods (I'm a big label reader).
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Sylva, NC
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WEll, maybe I'm alone here, but I like Ingles. Ours in Canton got remodeled last year. They have a special area in fresh produce where they carry Haywood County farmer's produce and Hendersonville apples. They have alot more organic (and affordably organic) selections now; even carrying Almond Milk, Goat milk, and the standard Soy milk. I've noticed they carry alot of regionally produced foods (I'm a big label reader).
I was pretty happy with their beer selection when we were just up there. Good for a grocery store. I'm sure I'll find places with even better selection, but it's nice to go shopping and have the ability to pick up a good IPA without having to go out of your way.

For me, I've found that every new grocery store takes a little getting used to, to learn where everything is, before you get comfortable. I'll miss the deli and especially the bakery around here at Publix, but I'm quite sure I'll find good replacements for both after living up there for a while.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Dillon, Montana
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I can't believe this thread is still active!! My fav is Food Lion, the least favored is Harris Teeter. I like Lowes Foods and Ingles but they are way too expensive over all. Item for item, dollar for dollar, Food Lion and Wal Mart have my business.

Tracey
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Old 01-15-2010, 05:42 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Just read your post concerning the local markets. Can you tell me if the listings are still current? I noticed your post was from 2007.
Thanks.
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