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Do You Prefer to Shop at Large or Small Supermarkets?

Yesterday after reading about how supermarkets are shrinking, I got to thinking about the size of grocery stores. Just because a store is bigger, doesn't always mean it's better: Last Friday my sister went to the super-Safeway to pick up dried garbanzos, and they didn't have any! However, the Mexican specialty store closer to my house carries all kinds of dried beans. I prefer smaller markets that carry quality ingredients, how about you?


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lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I love my local Publix, b/c they have great deli and seafood counters. They have everything I need and I'm comfortable w/ the friendly, helpful employees. That's what matters to me. As for specialty items they may not carry, I'll venture to Whole Foods, but that's very rare.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it doesn't usually make a difference to me on what size the store is as long as i know that i'm going ot find what i'm looking for. i think that sometimes when you're just shopping and you don't have a set list of things, that's when you can get into trouble in a larger store, but for myself - i'm really organized about what i'm shopping for so 'size doesn't matter'
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Lets go back to the old days...corner grocery, local fruit stand, bakery and butcher...and all stores are closed on Sundays. Kind of like what they still do in Espana.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
Ya know what's worse than going to a big supermarket for the first time? Going to your neighborhood grocery store and finding EVERYTHING rearranged!! Honestly, I don't go there as much because of the new set up. They changed it last summer & I'm still mad. I love Whole Foods--it's such a happy place. But I also like the tiny mom & pop organic grocery stores. I support them when i can, but I don't live very close to any of them.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
Commissary all the way! You save so much money on the basics! Anything I can't find there I'll check Dominick's or Whole Foods if it's really a specialty.
verily verily 8 years
It depends. My favorite grocery store that I drive out of my way to each weekend is pretty large, but it's also upscale, similar to a Trader Joes I guess. For grabbing stuff in the middle of the week, I much prefer a smaller store to a larger one. It's so much easier to find what I need and get out.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know what's the worst? Going into a huge supermarket for the first time, not knowing where anything is, and wandering about like a lost lamb, covering miles and miles of territory when all you want is to just find the damn soda aisle already!
misfitgirl misfitgirl 8 years
I like smaller ones, almost fanatically, now that I think about it. I go to the one by the house I grew up in, even thought I've moved, because it is small and I know where everything is. There are a lot of Safeways in my area, one even right by where I live and my brother is even a manager, and I still go to the other store because it takes me FOREVER to find everything otherwise.
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
oops that should read has WHAT I need....
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
It depends on what I am shopping for, if the big one has one I need I love the one stop shopping. But sometimes to get the freshest fish or an unusual ingredient (or something yummy premade...) I prefer the small.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
It depends on how much money I have. I prefer a smaller store, but their prices are higher. So if I can't afford the smaller one I have to go to lower priced warehouse type.
vlsin vlsin 8 years
When I lived in NYC, I got used to going to different specialty markets in my neighborhood. I had a great butcher, an amazing fish market, a produce place and then a small grocery store for other things that I couldn't at my other stops. I moved to Philadelphia and was excited about the large supermarkets but I found they are just generally lacking in quality and friendliness. And the people there sure don't flirt with you like the Italians at the butcher shop!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
The really huge ones drive me insane. I hate feeling like "the dairy is on the other side of the store, but it's too damn far!" On the other hand, my neighborhood Trader Joe's is so small you can't get through the aisles if just one person and her cart are already in there, and that's annoying as well. I think I just prefer a nice, medium-sized supermarket.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Big or small, it doesn't matter as long as they have the things I want to buy, and as long as they're not super crowded (most supermarkets here are super crowded).
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 8 years
Im a Whole Food's kind of girl - however if I need something ASAP - I hit up the local c-town.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I like larger stores because of the wide variety of goods. I would not shop at Walmart though.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I'm with ohkate -- I can get everything I need at a big store and it's cheaper, but it stresses me out! So, my sweet husband does the main shopping at the big store once a week, and I go to the small store to pick up things we need in between.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
going to larger grocery stores have their conveniences (see what I did there?) such as carrying a greater variety of obscure foods and baking goods but often the people there are too high strung for me and I get extremely anxious and bitchy as a result.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I NYC, I'd rather shop in a larger store b/c you have more room to breathe
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I'm a big fan of Harris Teeter, and they are usually quite big, but still feel like your neighborhood supermarket. I can't stand going to places like Walmart to go food shopping though -- their produce is usually not up to par and I don't feel like I'm ever being taken care of.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
Both are fine. But I have a general idea of what my supermarkets have and what I need to get from the little foreign store down the street. It all just depends. And it's usually better to not substitute one thing for another.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I like big ones because I like getting EVERYTHING I need in one store and one trip! I hate grocery shopping so I like to get it over and done with!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
plus, it's only a mile from my apt (both actually), but so is safeway, shoppers and giant. i just like harris teeter lol. a tad more expensive but worth it from service and product.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
For me it depends! For the most part, I can find everything and more at the Harris Teeter i go to, and everything has always been high quality. Their produce is gorgeous and now they have a farmer's market section that has locally grown (within 50 iles of the city) produce. I did go to the internaional market once, and while it had a couple of ingredients i needed for a special recipe, it seemed unorganized, less clean, and things were harder to find.
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