America's least-favorite supermarkets

For many, shopping at a chain grocery has become a major chore, involving long lines, rude employees, unsanitary conditions and poor selection.
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May 28, 2012 9:24AM
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I find it quite interesting most of these are based in PA, NJ areas...
May 28, 2012 9:24AM
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I find it quite interesting most of these are based in PA, NJ areas...
May 28, 2012 9:10AM
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I shop at the Leeper Market in Leeper PA.  Best meats in the world.  The butchers are right in front of you as you walk in and are the owners also. Meat prices are the best and they make their own sausage and smoke cheese. Grocery price are a little high but in a very small area around Cooks Forest State Park. Everyone from Ohio and Pa shop in this little store that is back in time.
May 28, 2012 8:51AM
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 I remember about 20 years ago in California we had a local grocery chain called Williams brothers which really had superb service and ok prices. Butchers would custom cut any meat for free and employee's bagged groceries and carried them out to your car and they cashed local paychecks always having cash on hand on paydays. William's brothers had a 5% profit margin when most chain stores had less than 2%. Luckys bought them out, eliminated most of the service and had high minimum purchase requirement to cash checks. Within 2 years, 3 of the 5 stores were closed.
May 28, 2012 8:45AM
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You ought to check out giant eagle in Ohio. They are the most disgusting stores, the employees are rude and their prices are out of this world.
May 28, 2012 8:41AM
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I do most of my shopping at Walmart.  I agree I don't buy my meat there eithier they need a different meat supplier.  I take other grocery coupons there no hassle other stores don't do that.  Love their prices compare with other stoes you save a bundle.  The people working thre are nice and friendly I think the checkers are angle as some people that shop there are rude & nasty.
May 28, 2012 8:37AM
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  Claiming Walmart has 1 checkstand open with dozens closed is nonsense. Of course they have lots of check stands closed because they have 10 times the number that most stores have. Check any Giant food or Shoppers food early in the morning they'll have nothing but self serve stands open. I go to the person monitoring the self serve and ask for a checker. They open the check stand for me or scan the items at self serve all with an indignant look on their faces. I've never been in a Walmart that didn't have at least 3 or 4 manned check stands.
May 28, 2012 8:32AM
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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.

May 28, 2012 8:28AM
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I Love Wal-Mart. I take my adds from King Soopers, Albertsons and Safeway so they can match the sales price. I won't buy my meats and vegetables there, but will purchase everything else. The dirtiest store I've been to is Sunflower Market. I've been there twice and both times it smelled bad and the second time they actually had spoiling corn on the cob. Will never go back there. 
May 28, 2012 8:09AM
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  I do much of my shopping at Wamart but never the meat. Despite recent ad's showing people enjoying fine quality Wamart meats don't be fooled. Since firing their meat cutters some years ago for striking they now bring in all their beef products from regional centers that's pickled and shrink wrapped to extend life. Meat is then reconstituted at the store with colorings to make it pink. It tastes bland with a strange flavor. I buy much of my meat at Costco which only sells higher grades of meat.
May 28, 2012 7:57AM
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Shopping can be divided into a couple of different catagories. Do you want to get in and get out, or do you read the local ads, make decisions according to meal planning and price? Do you know which stores buy local when it's available? Do you understand how meat is graded and what to look for? We're so busy in this day and age we have gotten lazy and don't very often hold our grocers to standards that our parents and grandparents did. Walmart, does have the best prices for general everyday shopping here. But when it comes to meat you have to be careful. most of their meat is either select, (the old good rating) or utility, lower yet. Prime meat isn't very often available in any local grocery. Occasionally a meat market runs across some but only if their is a surplus at the processing plant, restaurants buy this up. Choice is the best we can do most of the time. You have to make sure their is a label identifying the cut as "choice". Select is actually better as far as health concerns, less fat. If you buy meat that is freshly ground and then packaged, you're probably buying a lot of water, since most meat markets grind their meat into 5 gal buckets and then top it off with water and set them in the cooler before they wrap it.. Keeps the meat moist and water is a high profit item at several dollars a Lb. Packaged items, just buy the least expensive unless it's not up to your personal standards. We buy most of our beef at Sam's club. You have to buy more(bulk and thicker cuts) than you normally would, but we freeze it and always have a stock of different cuts, makes meal planning easier. Now that we're empty nesters we have to be careful not to over buy and wind up losing meat to freezer burn. Food shopping is and art. It just depends on how you approch it.
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Giant Food of DC/MD/VA was once wonderful. Stop and Shop assumed management and ruined the franchise. Giant Food of PA now manages, but in reality they have become bean counters, not grocers. Long time union employees have been replaced by workers earning less than 1/2 of the salary, and it shows. Labor cost is down, but so is productivity. There are never enough checkers open, and they stock shelves throughout the day, making it difficult to navigate the store. There are not enough real butchers, and the produce quality blows. But it doesn't matter, because the bean counters have won, and there are no real grocers in this franchise.

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.

May 28, 2012 7:36AM
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Maybe these are regional stores, but here in Wi.  Sentry can not be beat!  It is clean, meat and produce are wonderful.  Piggly Wiggly is also another great store.  Walmart sucks except for canned goods, paper goods (cheap), soda or beer.  Pick & Save is so unorganized it takes an hour to find what you are looking for.  Woodmans sucks.


May 28, 2012 7:23AM
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I GUESS I LIVE IN A BETTER PLACE, OR SOMETHING. THE WEIS, WALMART, WEGMANS AND SUREFINE ARE ALL GOOD PLACES TO SHOP IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. SOMETIMES PRICE ISN'T A BIG FACTOR IF THE STORE IS CLEAN AND HAS GOOD CHOICES. WHEN I'M IN FLORIDA PUBLIX IN FT LAUDERDALE IS IT.     
May 28, 2012 7:19AM
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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.

May 28, 2012 7:13AM
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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.

May 28, 2012 5:41AM
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I once had a hoagie from Wal Mart. I ahd no idea that Goodear was in the lunch meat business!
May 28, 2012 5:19AM
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Funny comments. Come on folks. I don't really like Walmart but mainly due to their poor inventory management. So often they are out of things we planned to buy. But price wise they cannot be beat. Don't know what people mean here when they say they can beat Walmart prices at various stores. We travel the country volunteering and usually find ridiculous price differences with Walmart much lower than anywhere else. We were in Nevada and things like Oscar Meyer bacon was nearly $7 a pound at Albertsons and Vons (a Safeway store) where Walmart was always $3.98. Thats just one example of hundreds of large price differences. Walmart can be beat if shopping just special priced ad items but who shops that way? Walmart meat is another story. We really dislike some of their non national brand meats, such as beef roasts and especially ground beef. But Tyson chicken is the same everywhere and much cheaper at Walmart. All this applies to stores all over the country.
May 28, 2012 5:02AM
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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.

May 28, 2012 4:49AM
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dont shop in PA, all their choices are bad

 

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