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 3, 2012 3:47PM
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Why is everythng on here a slide show?  Just give use the story!  How much time do I waste going from one slide to another?  Enough to know I won't be coming back to anything MSN offers, including the worst web tool ever, Bing.  On the other hand, bring back A&P, and High-Low. Best place in my neck of the woods is Central Market in San Antonio, along with any H.E.B. store.
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Funny how people complain about Walmart but continue to shop there anyway.

Whether you know it or not, this squeezes out the healthy competition between grocery stores to the point that many are being put out of business because of Wally World.

Take Albertsons....once one of the biggest chains in the nation. It has the best meat and seafood sales hands down. They have now almost disappeared east of the Mississippi.

Go ahead, keep shopping at Walmart. Soon, it'll be the only store in town.
May 3, 2012 7:43AM
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If you want the best food, go to your local farmer's market. Many communities have a farmer's market and the food you get there actually tastes like food, not cardboard. 
May 3, 2012 1:10AM
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I think Walmart tests potential cashiers on slowness. Move any faster than molasses running downhill in January and you don't get the job. Wasn't impressed with Food Lion stores on a recent trip to the Mid-Atlantic states. Went to three of them during my time there, and too often seemed to run into black female cashiers who treated black customers with smiles and warmth, and white customers with slow service and icy demeanor.
May 3, 2012 12:40PM
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I went to Walmart two days ago.  I looked at the food prices and found them to be 20% higher than Kroger or Safeway.  Who are you kidding?  They want you to come in for a pack of socks and a wrench then think "I could do my shopping here."  Their produce packs were$1-2 dollars higher than any market I have been to in the last 10 days.  I find very few bargains at Wal Mart.  Same for Target, too.  They have about 20 items that are 20% less than most grocery stores.  The rest are priced the same or 20% above.  Walmart offers fewer healthier foods like Organic or all natural of items that do not contain high fructose corn syrup.
May 3, 2012 2:42PM
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Publix is the cleanest, best organized supermarket I've ever been in and I've been in many supermarkets.  No complaints about Publix at all.
May 8, 2012 12:57AM
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Walmart always has the dirtiest parking lots and the dirtiest floors.  They have 26 checkout lanes but only 6 are open. The produce is covered in gnats and the customers are so rude, they act like you are in their space... They dont move over in the isle, their kids run up and down pulling all the junk food off the shelves and shoving it in the cart while Mom talks on her cricket phone.  I have boycotted Walmart because I am tired of seeing "MADE IN CHINA" on everything. What happened to Sam Waltons prideful "MADE IN AMERICA" slogan from the 90's. Why are we all shopping at the ONE place that will continue to cause our downfall as we continue to put AMERICANS out of work by buying from companies who purchase  90% of their goods from other countries?? Sure, you're saving a few bucks today, but you are not supporting American jobs by shopping at Walmart. Think!!
Jul 15, 2012 8:56PM
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I love Costco . . .  fresh produce and unnusual food items, plus the required membership keeps out those that have a reason to want their identities kept unknown. Too bad I have to travel two hours to my hometown to shop there. Everytime I forget why I dislike Wal-mart so much and shop there, my amnesia is ripped away. Three young females in checkout ahead of me, one with an infant in tow, playing "let's make a deal" with their WIC funds to see what it will cover and what they have to pay cash for . . . while I stand there fuming because my taxpayer dollars have paid for their tattoos and multiple body piercings.
May 7, 2012 11:17PM
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Walmart has really gotten bad lately, Sam Walton used to snek around other stores and phoned to lower prices when he saw they had a better one, now... NOW they FIRE cashiers for price-matching unless the customer brings it up, just last week I joked about pricematching the milk and only then did the cashier reprice the milk, I couldn't believe it!

 

If Sam Walton came back from the grave he'd go to Bentonville and beat his sons' behinds until they bled!

May 7, 2012 5:18PM
May 7, 2012 5:39PM
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I work for wal-mart and would rate it lower. If people only knew how bad this store treats its employees and the crap customers get away with (my store let a customer return dirty underwear with stains in them). For a multi-billion dollar company they run my store on a skeleton crew and being a college town it just doesnt work. I try my best to use good customer service and have been complimented multiple times on it, but sometimes when the customer wants you to do their shopping for them... not feasible. Anyways, horrible company and if there was another place to shop for the price i would
May 2, 2012 9:34PM
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I lived in Ohio for twenty five years and always shopped at Kroger.  I have been in CT now for Four years and after seeing what the area has to offer grocery store wise, i miss Kroger!  Alot!
May 3, 2012 2:41PM
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Publix is not on the list because it truly is a pleasure to shop there. Clean, quantity, and quality. The latest joke amoung the employees is "If the planes, trains and automobiles don't come through the store today it has been a good day"

The "baggers" are also helpful.

May 3, 2012 6:14AM
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Everybody bitches about Walmart but then I see them in the store. There must be a reason that in just a few short years they are the largest grocer.
May 7, 2012 5:59PM
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Was this survey only done up north or is that just where all the bad supermarkets are?
May 7, 2012 9:15PM
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I wonder why Walmart will have about 30 checkout lanes with only about 5 open at a time
May 2, 2012 8:42PM
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How about an article on "least honest banks?" Realizing, of course, that "honest banker" is an oxymoron.
May 7, 2012 5:24PM
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I like HEB (a Texas based chain). They just remodeled and enlarged my local store (it was clean, just not big enough for the business they do). I spend my money there (as opposed to Wal-Mart) because they hire people with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. I know my $$ is going to employ people that other companies (Wal-Mart) see as unemployable. It seems to be a good company.

May 8, 2012 12:37PM
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I actually went to a Wal Mart today ONLY because it was en route to my other errands.  I didn't like the shopping experience.  All of the employees were rude and lazy.  Out of their 25 checkstands, only one was open, it was rediculous.  Don't shop there unless that's the only place left and it's an emergency.
Jul 15, 2012 8:18PM
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Melmike

the problem with walmart is that when ever one goes in, the economy in that area goes down immediatrely. They are shutting out all the MomandPop stores nation wide. They bring in second rate **** from China that isn't worth 2 cents and AMericans climb all over it. If you don't believe me take a look at the list of richest people in the world, there are THREE Waltons on that list and they didn't get that way from being nice!

 

Americans need to take back America and STOP shopping this second rate hell hole!

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