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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:37:21 PM
One of the posters said they were 7 miles of a high end grocery store and then they were so far from a Safeway.


Here Safeway is the higher end grocery store, along with fred meyers and yokes. All three have organic sections. One an extensive fish market. All three carry prime meat. All three are way to expensive to consider shopping there for everyday food.

What do you consider a high end grocery?

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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:40:50 PM
I consider Whole Foods, Zupan's, New Seasons, etc. to be high end. Lots of specialty products, emphasis on organics and special diets like gluten-free, make information on product sources readily available including stuff like MSC/Seafood Watch and animal welfare ratings. Prices tend to be higher, but these are not stores that emphasize low prices and sales, rather the quality and variety of the products.

I would consider Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's to be normal/mid-range. Most people shop at places like this. Heavily advertise "loss leaders" and have loyalty card discounts and store coupons to attract a big cross-section of shoppers. Prices are middle of the road and some stores may label produce, meats, etc, with source information but not a priority. Most have some organic and special diets selection, though that's a very small part of the overall store.

Winco, Wal-mart & Grocery Outlet are low end. Focus is almost exclusively on low prices.

Trader Joe's is kind of an outlier. Its demographic draw seems to be largely the same clientele as the high end grocery stores, but price-wise, it's somewhere between mid-range and low-end. So I don't know where it fits in, exactly. Plus, it's not a full-service store.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:40:54 PM
A higher end grocery store is one where I love to visit and make occasional purchases, but could not afford to do my regular grocery shopping on a weekly basis.

We have one called Fresh Market. Website: The Fresh Market

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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:42:11 PM
Randall's is Safeway here, and generally it's a little too expensive for me (and too small and doesn't have the variety I'm looking for). But it's not high-end at all compared to Whole Foods, Central Market or Rice Epicurean.

I like the big HEB (local to Texas) with all the extras. They have smaller stores that are just very basic, but I don't like them as well. I want to be able to walk by the fancy cheese shop and the olive bar and the extensive wine selection even if I rarely or never buy any of those items.



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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:53:55 PM
To me high end is Central Market and Market Street (full grocery stores, but high prices, only go there for specialty items I can't find elsewhere; plus extensive selection of prepared foods, coffee bar, wine bar, classrooms, restaurant, playground, etc.).

Normal is Tom Thumb, Target, Kroger.

Low end is Walmart, Fiesta.



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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:58:55 PM
In my area Whole Foods and Giant are considered high end.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:00:30 PM
Whole Foods is high end. And QFC. The nearest store to my house is Safeway but I drive further each week to Fred Meyer to shop every week. IMO it's the cheapest in my area. Plus Safeway pisses me off with their "savings" --no I didn't just save $50 --you jacked up the price to try and make me think I did. I'm not an idiot.

I do runs to Safeway to extra produce or forgetting something. Or Albertson's--I agree with Busy Pea's assessment.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:01:11 PM
Out here, it would be Whole Foods, Gelson's, and a few other local grocery stores. Gelson's sells things like Kobe beef, and other exotic meats. They carry brands I don't see in most grocery stores.

Safeway (not too many down here), Ralph's, Albertson's, and Vons are just normal stores.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:02:44 PM

To me high end is Central Market and Market Street (full grocery stores, but high prices, only go there for specialty items I can't find elsewhere; plus extensive selection of prepared foods, coffee bar, wine bar, classrooms, restaurant, playground, etc.).

Normal is Tom Thumb, Target, Kroger.

Low end is Walmart, Fiesta.

I agree for the most part. I don't think of Market Street as a high price grocery. They have a lot of specialty items that are higher priced but they have the regular items too that I find at similar prices are other stores like Kroger. Market Street has really good loss losers many weeks..........like boneless, skinless chicken breasts for .99 cents lb.

***ETA Tom Thumb is our Safeway.






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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:03:49 PM
Meg, I think you, me and BusyPea are both in the PNW, right? I agree with her.

Central Market, Whole Foods and Metropolitan Market are high end.

Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Mayer and QFC are all middle of the road (although, QFC would like you to believe they're high end).

Winco and Super Walmart are low end. I shop at Winco. Same food, less money.

If I had to put them in order from top/bottom it would look like this:

Metropolitan Market
Whole Foods
Central Market
QFC
Safeway
Fred Meyer
Albertsons
Walmart
Winco

Walmart and Winco are a toss up. Walmart is crappier, but Winco is less expensive.



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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:04:59 PM
Here in the Bay Area, higher end would be Zanatto's, Piazza's, Lunardi's (Italians were really big in the grocery biz here LOL) and Mollie Stone's. Regular stores would be Safeway and Lucky, our two major chains. I like Nob Hill, which is owned by Raley's and kind of in between.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:07:35 PM
Metropolitan Market

We have great local markets here too, but I will always have a soft spot for Queen Anne Thriftway (now MM). That was where I shopped when I first was teaching myself how to cook. The availability of awesome ingredients and helpful, knowledgeable staff helped me so much in becoming a better cook.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:16:03 PM
I consider Whole Foods more of a high end place.

Trader Joe's offers a lot of the same things as Whole Foods, but Trader Joe's is way more affordable.
Sprouts is sort of like Trader Joe's and we have those too.

Normal grocery stores around here are Vons (owned by Safeway), Ralph's (owned by Kroger), Albertson's, Fresh n Easy, or Stater Bros.

We also have grocery centers at Super Walmart, Target, and Food 4 Less (owned by Kroger like Ralph's).

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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:17:06 PM
I really miss having a wide variety of stores to choose from; here in small town NM we have Albertson's (mid-range...and I HATE it), Walmart (we all know Walmart!), some local markets geared toward the Hispanic community, and a small local grocery called Toucan. Toucan is our "upscale" market; lots of organics and local farmers; free range, organic, grass fed meats; items geared toward special diets; and hard to find items. I could NOT do all my shopping here; the choices are just not that varied. But I love it for the produce and meats.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:17:07 PM
Mustard Seed or Trader Joes would be very high end to me. Not in our area.

Heinens or Giant Eagle would be considered regular high end to me.



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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:18:31 PM
Anything other than walmart.






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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:25:30 PM
I have never been in a high end grocery store.
ever.

We have walmart and hy-vee here, that's it. If I wanted a fancy grocery store I'd have to drive about 2 hours to get to it.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:34:42 PM
I agree with the above posters, Fred Meyers is middle of the road. I even have a spread sheet to prove it, lol!

I'm curious where you live, though, because you're naming some stores I've never heard of!

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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:36:27 PM
Here in Calgary, a high end market would be Sunterra Market ... wonderful food but very pricey ...

Each of the other grocery stores are less expensive depending on where you go ... I choose to shop at Co-Op and pay a bit more for better quality produce and meat but I shop at Superstore for almost everything else because it is way cheaper ...

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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:41:16 PM
Free bird. You are probably in the same state I am. We have HyVee and Walmart as well. Also Cub Foods would be in there. None would be high end in my eyes. Have to drive to the twin cities to get high end.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:43:47 PM
I would consider Whole Foods and Central Market to be high end. Randall's (Safeway) is expensive as hell, but it's no different than what is carried at Kroger.
Not sure if you would consider them high end or just specialty food stores, but Phoenicia and Spec's would probably rank up there.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:06:15 PM
I consider safeway here a higher end store here (and only here in Butte is is such a dirty store with nothing in it) because they carry more gourmet foods than the other and they are way more expensive.

Yokes falls just below a metro mart (my daughter's fav. store). lots of organic, full service meat dept. fresh fish and expensive produce.

fred's is just very expensive for food.


I love winco and fiesta foods. They have the best and cheapest produce.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:10:44 PM

I would consider Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's to be normal/mid-range

ITA and add Giant to the list.

Whole Foods is high end. Trader Joes is high quality but low prices and small stores.




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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:28:39 PM
Another Washington/PNWer that agrees with this.


Meg, I think you, me and BusyPea are both in the PNW, right? I agree with her.

Central Market, Whole Foods and Metropolitan Market are high end.

Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Mayer and QFC are all middle of the road (although, QFC would like you to believe they're high end).



Walmart is low end and I have never shopped at Winco since it's too far out of our way and we have a ton of middle of the road stores.

My little brother works at Metropolitan Market in the U district but I have never shopped there Just been there to visit him


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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:48:57 PM
For us a high end grocery store stocks gourmet brands and items, has a lot of fresh, store-prepared food options, large organic section as well as a lot of more international varieties. Our local Shop Rite and Wegman's are like that, although many people don't consider them high-end grocery stores.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:33:33 PM
Aldi's is the low end. HyVee is more expensive, & my favorite is Fareway- best meat anywhere, and friendly carry out service! Great prices, too.
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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:44:06 PM
We don't have high end grocery stores. We have WalMart, Giant & Food Lion. I hate Food Lion and will not step foot in one.

We've begun buying some grocery items at WM lately, because of the $1 and over price difference on some items.

Otherwise, we shop mostly at the Giant. Our local store is 3 miles away. But, we will shop the Giant that is over 30 minutes away, 2 to 3 times a month, because they have an amazing Organic foods section. 2 full aisles.

I've never seen a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, even in our travels.




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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:46:04 PM
Wegman's is the high end supermarket around here. The funny thing is that their prices on regular things are better than Weis or Giant. It is just the gourmet items that are higher. Wegman's has beautiful produce and a huge selection for decent prices. You just need to go in the door away from the cafe.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:48:20 PM
Eebud, agree with your points re Marketstreet but to me it falls between

central market and whole foods

Insert here

Randall's/Tom Thumb/Kroger

MS has more variety, I think, but love their sales.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:50:25 PM
Sprouts is hard to line up in there. They have lots of fresh produce, organic foods, as well as health store items, but overall selection is typically smaller.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:00:17 PM
Well since I think it was me you were talking about I'll bite. They carry some "normal" stuff at regular prices, but have lots of gourmet stuff. Amazing meat selection, large deli with gourmet pre-made stuff, extensive wine selection... Robert's Market. I swear I rarely get out for under $50 with only a bag or two. But they have great meat, produce, cheese, spices....etc.




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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:07:04 PM
I wouldn't call Giant a high end supermarket.

In our area, we have a few Fresh Markets and of course Whole Foods which are both high end.

Surprisingly, there is a new Publix right around the corner from me and it was built almost like a Greenwise store. They have a huge selection of organic and hard to find items. I love it but it's much more expensive.




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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:15:15 PM

Central Market, Whole Foods and Metropolitan Market are high end.

Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Mayer and QFC are all middle of the road (although, QFC would like you to believe they're high end).


I agree. Although some QFC's are higher end than others. We have two in our town and there is a pretty big difference between the two.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:22:20 PM
You can tell I live in Podunk cause we have Walmart, IGA, and Save-a-Lot. The IGA is probably our high end since it costs about twice as much as Walmart.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:35:58 PM
Wegmans would be our high end, but like was said earlier, you can find some deals there on certain items.

The Giant (NOT Giant Eagle) here is just your average grocery store. Maybe we have our own version of Giant. And again, as said in the other post, our Weis is a typical grocery store as well. We also have Sure Save stores, which are all run individually and have different names, but all carry Sure Fine or Sure Save brands.

The only stores I have seen listed in the majority of the posts that we actually have are Target, Walmart, & Aldi. Hate Walmart, but got to the other 2.

No Trader Joe's or Whole Foods here. I would like to have the options, but there are none by me at all.


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