questionswhat is your favorite grocery store chain?

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Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walmart.

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We have a Food Lion every 20 feet around here, but they are not my favorite. I think Martin's has a better selection.

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I My very favorite is not really a store -- I like to hit the local farmer's market every week when It opens for the season, and the local farm stands. Nothing beats fresh and local.

As for a regular store-- Wegman' s would be my favorite. But sadly they are too far, making it impractical to use for my regular grocery store. bummer.

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We had a pretty nice Albertson's where I grew up, but it went out of business (along with most of the other retail stores on that block) a couple of years after I moved out.

I'm crazy about Fred Meyer's, personally. I think they do great on prices and most of their off-brand Kroger foods are pretty decent.

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Around here, the main choices are Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart. Of these three, I'll usually choose Kroger, because the prices are fair it never takes too long to check-out. Target is starting to convert a few of their local stores into superstores with grocery sections, but they still have a pretty limited selection.

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I like Sprouts very much, and I am always pleasantly surprised at how little my total comes to at the cash register. I went there last night to celebrate Earth Day and felt like I got carried away filling a mini cart with a dozen cage-free brown eggs, a half gallon of coconut milk, a jar of peanut butter blended with dark chocolate, a jar of peanut butter blended with (actual) maple syrup, a pound of pork sirloin chops, a pound of baby carrots, three red bell peppers, an onion, a half dozen enormous tangelos, three apples and a large bunch of bananas. I was quite surprised when my total was only $27. I made pork chops with peanut sauce over brown rice last night for dinner. Unfortunately Sprouts is quite a drive away and doesn't carry some of the things I regularly use. Albertsons is my regular store, and I like it because it is clean and has just about anything I ever want except for the occasionally very obscure ethnic ingredient that I have to go to a specialty store for.

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This is a very interesting question, if for no other reason than to see the variety of stores that get mentioned. Supermarket chains tend to be regional, so the supermarkets in Connecticut are probably completely different than those in Missouri, which are completely different than the ones in Oregon.

As for me, I do most of my grocery shopping at Super Target. There is also a Super 1 Foods very close to me which I like. There is also a great upscale market in town called The Fresh Market. Whole Foods is on it's way to town, so I'll get a chance to experience that in the not too distant future.

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Meijer is so much better than Walmart in every respect. I really enjoy our local farmers market though, and Save-a-lot is all store brand, but I've discovered its the same as the Meijer store brand in many cases.

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Sprouts or Walmart. I get pretty awesome produce and meats from the Sprouts and cheaply priced boxed goods from Walmart. So my wallet is happy too.

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Kroger for the time being, but they've got so many of their own brands now (I think it's four at last count) that there's much less brand names and sizes. My list for Walmart and Jungle Jim's is getting longer and it really annoys me. Also, they've stopped doubling coupons.

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Aldi. Now that we have Aldi, I rarely go to Kroger anymore. I went to Kroger the other day because it was late and I was desperate. And I was reminded how much I appreciate Aldi. And my local produce market. Good grief!

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HEB! It keeps me here in Texas because I love it so much.

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New Seasons, Trader Joes, local co-op. Occasionally Fred Meyer, but usually more for non-grocery stuff.

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I love Fresh and Easy. I hope they are able to stick around.

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Wegmans. Nothing else is even close

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Me? I usually go Krogering. But, that's mostly due to proximity.

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@lgjewell: Agree on HEB. Want to appreciate it even more? Move.

Oh GOD how I miss HEB.

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@stile99: Oh goodness! I've not moved out of state, but every time I go on an extended vacation to a state without HEB, I miss it so much. I'm always so happy when I see an HEB from the airplane on my way home. Haha!

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Publix, when we actually go to a grocery store. (Usually we go to a military commissary and to Costco.) We've shopped occasionally at Target, and we like it almost as much as Publix. We avoid Winn Dixie (recently purchased by Bi-Lo but not yet renamed) like the plague, which is what one might catch there, and Walmart sucks.

An Aldi's opened way across town (we're talking a 16 mile drive here), so we won't be checking it out any time soon; haven't tried the Whole Foods in that neighborhood for the same reason.

When we travel to the NC/TN/GA mountains, we usually go to Ingles, which we like a lot.

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Publix is my favorite grocery store and it dominates around here. Kash N Karry went bankrupt. Winn Dixie and Albertsons closed several local stores.

The only other grocery store I shop in is WalMart.

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Shout out to Fareway then distant 2nd is HyVee

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@ceagee: Wegman's is possibly the best thing about central New York. It puts all other grocery stores to shame. Some people may recall a time many years ago when Carol Baldwin (mother of Alec, Steven, and those other actors that nobody pays attention to) was asked why she didn't move to California to be with her boys. Her answer was that there was no Wegman's out there.

People who haven't been to Wegman's don't realize what they are missing. The depth of selection of Whole Foods, the prices for everyday items of Aldi, and the customer service of a high end car dealer, all rolled into one.

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I grew up outside of Syracuse. Wegmans, by far is the best. I've been in North Carolina since then. Harris Teeter is the best down here. Spent time in Fla. and Publix is one of the most annoying stores and Trader Joe's is a complete pain in the ass. It's not that great. Fresh Market is far superior to Trader Joe's but $$$.

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Publix! Trader Joe's is a close second. Got 'em both (sort of) nearby and they keep me in the area.

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Another Publix fan.

Yes, their regular prices on things are usually a little bit more than other stores. However the stores are ALWAYS inviting. Not just clean, but something else that really makes you WANT to shop there. The employees are always helpful and cheerful. Their return policy is second to none - either you love it 100% or your money back.

The other chains here in FL (Winn Dixie, Cash-n-Cary/Sweetbay, Albertsons, Wally World, U-Save) have to drag me in to shop there -- usually just to cherry-pick their sales.

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I am a bit biased, seeing as I work for a large chain grocery store, but I will say that I am very surprised that nobody has mentioned it yet. I'm not allowed to discuss work on social media so I will have to refrain from being specific about which chain. (Yes, I realize that I could have simply said "I really like storeX" but I didn't feel like it :P )

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Kroger. They have a great Private Selection. They also still double coupons unlike stupid Meijer.

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WinCo. They go through a lot of hoops to keep costs down (standardized inventory, no credit cards, etc.), then pass it on to the customer through their prices.

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Wegmans is so much better than the rest, it's almost absurd. In fact, I moved from Philly to the Boston area about a year ago and the fact that they had recently opened a Wegmans up here took a little of the sting out of relocating. lol

There was a really good family-owned chain near Philly called Genuardi's. They were really good.

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@hot72chev: Does Food Lion still have the chocolate drink (not chocolate milk)? I lived out in Virginia for a couple years and a gallon of the chocolate drink was something like a $1.50, if memory serves me right. But I remember it was pretty good.

I am actually pretty fond of Smith's (or better known as Krogers). They have the deals that fit what my wife and I are looking for.

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ALDI! Save so much money shopping there and our local one always keeps up with decent produce. I also really enjoy HyVee, Dahls, and Fareway (depending on what I am shopping for).

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Crest FreshMarket, a local supermarket chain in central Oklahoma.

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Another vote for HEB. I also like Sprouts, but I mostly just buy what's on sale.

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I like QFC which is a high-quality grocery store which was bought out by Kroger-Fred Meyer, but luckily maintains its high standards. A bit pricier that its sibling, Fred Meyer, but not crowded, is cleaner, prvides more personalized service, shelves are always stocked, produce is excellent. I go to Whole Foods as a treat, but find it much more expensive than my QFC. Safeway is my fall-back, as is Albertson's and Trader Joe's is another source of expensive treats.

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Aldi's here followed by Kroger's

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Aldis~the have the BEST peanut butter cups followed by Wegmans.

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@maggie3052: Just out of idle curiosity, why do you find Publix annoying?

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Shoprite, we also have Acme but they are way over priced. I've never even heard of all these grocery stores!

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Like @oldcqu I am a Publix shopper. Only use Winn Dixie for extreme sales to build up gas rewards points. When I travel, I shop at Ingles, Bi-Lo & Krogers. When in New Mexico, I made a bee line to Cids in Taos. It's a whole foods/trader joe type of market. Only, it's the best! After them I'll hit the Smith's grocery that's there. Gas rewards build up when you are traveling! I have a special traveling key chain to hold all those rewards cards. Which I hate. I need an android app for that!

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@andydoug: Not sure about that chocolate drink from Food Lion, I will have to look for it next time I'm there. Is it like a Yoo Hoo?

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Where I grew up we had Pick N' Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Walmart. My mom always chose Pick N' Save, which was OK. Now they have Sendik's there and those are nicer.

Where I live now we have Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, and Hyvee a short drive away. I go for Hyvee when I can. They have a fantastic selection of vegetarian, vegan, imported, and health foods - better than I've seen anywhere else.

Occasionally while driving I'll go to a Woodman's. Those are pretty great too but unfortunately there aren't any near where I've ever lived.

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@magic cave: I admit I've never been to one of their flagship stores just the ones in Vero Beach. The aisles are narrow and have too may stack outs and displays. There is usually only one person behind the customer service desk, deli or in the bakery. The lines are always long because there's not many registers open. I guess the majority of my complaints fall on the store's management.

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@traymaz: Yes, lots that I haven't heard of either. Our only national chains are Albertsons and Sprouts, which actually bought out a local health oriented store and slowly segued in their own products. Furrs, Smiths, and Safeways all died out here. We have some little chains, almost all of which cater to our Hispanic majority, Lowe's Big 8, Quality Food Mart, Pro's Ranch Market, J&R's Produce (best place in town for local-ish produce) and a few one-offs, one of which actually cuts its own beef. If you are looking for any kind of food for Mexican cooking, these are definitely the places to go. They have an amazing selection of Mexican dairy products you won't find in the rest of the US. But if your shopping list is more mainstream, there are things you may not find there.

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Trader Joes is the best place ever.

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I guess it depends on how you define favorite. The one I shop at the most is Winn-Dixie, but the ones that I like going to the most are Publix and Fresh Market.

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It's a very regional question, but I'll give a nationwide answer. I love going to ALDI. They've come a long way since the early 90's. Lots of very fresh produce, meats, specialty foods. Always something new every week. They're the cheapest milk in town, cheapest (best) bottled water, and we're always buying their onions and bread products.

For my weekly shopping, I go to each store and buy what's on sale at each. Some weeks I only go to one store, other weeks I go to all 3 major grocery stores in town. It all depends on where the deals are.

I mostly do not buy grocery items at Wal-Mart ever, because they're evil and their produce is awful.