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The problem I find with Walmart is they do not carry my favorite brands in some items. For instance, Horseradish, pure unadultered horseradish, I have to go to Publix's for that. Then Dark Rye Bread which is the best for people with Sugar problems. I have to go to Krogers for that. Beef or Pork Chops, not much of a selection so I have to go to the Local Food Depot for that. Small canned items such as vegetables and canned meats or Corned beef Hash. I'm a single guy and was finding my Refrigerator was full of half used can's with aluminum foil on them until I found that Publix carries a larger variety and one of the local stores as well so Walmart lost out there again. But as far as overall prices..I have not been able to find any one Store that beats Walmarts canned food prices. Those Union stores charge and average of 50 cents - to as much as a $1.20 higher on EVERY product so it pays to know your prices.. I have never had a problem with Walmart's Employee's over 30 years, at the Other stores, they all act busy, or hide in the back somewhere except those at the Deli & Cake Counter and few know where any one product is, whereas Walmart's employees take me directly to the aisle and shelf. At Kroger one day there were four giggly young girls all standing around the Manager as if adoring him while customers were stacked 5 deep at two of the open checkout aisles. And that was not the first time I saw that at Kroger. Many of the non-Walmart Store Employees have absolutely no idea of what is on their shelves...Women are really a sad group. Many will not shop at Walmart because their ego or whatever it is inside their pea brains will rather pay a higher price for goods than risk the chance of being seen at Walmart amongst the peons...I wonder if their Husbands know how much money their wives waste for that very reason...So come shopping day I as usual will shop at up to four stores to find everything I want at the price I want to pay and often have done without because I thought the price was excessive. Piggly Wiggly I feel is the absolute worst on prices aside from Publix so it is really rare I would enter a Piggly Wiggly.
Why some stores have the freezer items up front is one complaint I have which forces you to walk to the back of the store and move forward, yes it is Marketing Trick but it can really be a pain when your in a hurry say for bread which is located at the back of the store, or you without thinking about the store layout start from the front and move back to by the time you get to the Checkout your Frozen items are dripping wet.....Also I try to avoid products and stores that are Market "On Sale" only if you have their stupid buyers club card and then find out Walmart was still cheaper than the "On Sale" price with the Card price in the first place..
And Market Marketing people,,,it is not the Color, Shape, Advertising, it is the price and in my case no amount of advertising or underhanded sneaky tricky Marketing will get me to buy the product you have targeted for me...I will not pay $3.99 for half filled bag of Doritos when a similar brand at another store is $1.99
But sadly todays primary shopper rarely does what I do and that is go to 4 stores in one day, but for me it is the difference of paying say $45. at Walmart and $75. at one of the other stores for nearly the exact same products I buy every month...and that is a huge difference.
Fresh Market recently opened nearby, and what a treat. Great meat, produce, and customer service with a smile. These guys get it. While it is not always cheap, Fresh Market gives you what you pay for, a quality grocery experience.
Did a college project on grocery store layouts.... I found that one store we always shopped was laid out the correct way.....
You walk in and to the right.... candy and beauty products.... isles of canned items and such came next.... meat counters spanned the
back wall of the store. And as you finished up .... milk, eggs, produce, frozen items came next ... ending with bread racks....
Most stores in our area are laid out all over the map.
I thought A&P was gone too. I was visiting Southern California and stopped in at Ralph's and Vons. Vons was much nicer.
Here we have Publix, Bi-Lo, and Food Lion. Publix store in Village Shopping Center is the best managed store in our town.
Food Lion is not my favorite. Lived in Myrtle Beach when Food Lion was investigated for selling washed and past dated meat.
Think they made Dateline that year.
Don't know much about other stores....don't buy food at Wal-Mart....seems to be overpriced.
If you like green meat, shop at Walmart. aka Ptomaine Ptony's.
They regularly repackage outdated material and use dyes to cover up mold and the like.
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