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Where do you do the majority of your grocery shopping?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 29, 2011

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“Dillons because it’s the closest.”

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“Walmart. It’s just where I work.”

Photo of Nick Bananto

“Dillons. It makes me feel like I’m shopping at my grandma’s house. It’s like a warm hug when you walk in.”

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“Dillons. I get that gas discount.”


squarepusher 6 years, 6 months ago

Not exactly. Depends what the "other" markets are charging. Especially on sale items.

notanota 6 years, 6 months ago

Yup. They make an effort to stock and label local produce, and I love that I can get specialty products like masa dough, banana leaves, and gyro meat. (I don't suggest combining those.)

GardenMomma 6 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a "Chopped" basket - masa dough, banana leaves, and gyro meat - just needs a fourth ingredient.

notanota 6 years, 6 months ago

Ok, think of it that way, it probably just needs some goat cheese and a little olive tapenade. I think I may have dinner plans...

labmonkey 6 years, 6 months ago

HyVee and Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrice Chopper (RIP Grigs).

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Like your new avatar multi. That other one gave me nightmares. On the rare occasions I am able to sleep . . .

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Nah, I'm watchin' the science channel. But like an obedient little cerf I'm recording it so the Queen of Dappleville can view it at her leisure.

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Actually I just write down anything I need on the dryboard in the kitchen. After a few days it magically appears, sometimes with a note saying "you know where to get this stuff!!" I tell ya, the grocery fairy expects a lot outa me. Home Depot, Chucky.s Used Auto Parts and Bubba's Fine Liquors are 'bout the only places I go an' there ain't no groceries or razor blades or toilet paper at none of them places. Well, Bubba's does have them pickled eggs in gallon jars but the little Mrs just hasn't developed an appreciation for 'em like I has.

Bill Lee 6 years, 6 months ago

Dillons, but will shop specials elsewhere, too.

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

R_I - you can ignore the black helicopters. They are only searching for feral hogs. And illegal aliens.

Xwards 6 years, 6 months ago

Checkers, Merc, & Hy-Vee on 6th Street

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Would that be the B5 on K10 or the B5 on R4? I heared they was puttin' in a new B5 on K7 but I'm comin' up 'bout three letters short of a full alphabet so I better just stay home.

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

R_I - Don't forget his imaginary friends . . .

woodscolt 6 years, 6 months ago

Merc is too full of itself and dillons plays card games.

checkers, hands down.

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

They're easily entertained ( but I'm sure you did a fine performance)

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Okay, her highness has risen and the TV has been changed to the royal nutfest. I'm gonna go watch paint dry.

bad_dog 6 years, 6 months ago

"There are no bad dogs, only bad owners"

I feel so...., insignificant.

Sniff, sniff.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 6 months ago

Walgreens has amazing sells that go great with coupons. I just bought some Nivea body wash for 79 cents! I could have gotten it at Target for 4 cents but that got wiped out way before I got there. Sorry, I don't think I was the person in front of you in Walgreens but if I am in the future, I'll slip ya a coupon or something.

labmonkey 6 years, 6 months ago

And they friggin write a check. It is 2011, not 1981. Use a debit card.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm safe there, only debit or cash for me. And in all honesty if you only had a couple items and I had a ton, I would have let you in front of me. Unfortunately not many do that nowadays.

squarepusher 6 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps you meant "DNA" test instead of "Litmus". Assuming the test was performed due to fornication.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

It's time for the Trapdoor Buffalo to start building their new nests. Watch your step out there on the prairie.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 6 months ago

I shop in Leavenworth mostly. Less traffic to get to the stores I need.

squarepusher 6 years, 6 months ago

Last time I was in Leavenworth the traffic sucked.

salem58 6 years, 6 months ago

you can get the same things at other stores cheaper.

LadyJ 6 years, 6 months ago

Waited all day expecting someone to say "the trash dumpsters behind __ (fill in the blank). Really surprised nobody used that one. Thought at least the cuzins would.

LadyJ 6 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of cuzins, one of them posted this ad on Craigslist today, but silly cuzin forgot to put a price on it. They say it's rare on of a kind but I have several at home I'll sell you cheaper than what they want.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 6 months ago

Looks like someone got bored in the ole' work cubicle.

RoeDapple 6 years, 6 months ago

Yep that there craigslist can make for some interesting reading! I gots several pages earmarked there, even some that won't come up no more. I keeps 'em in a special file . .

salem58 6 years, 6 months ago

dont ever shop at hy-vee on 6th st. I used to work nights there and the upper management will instruct employees to tear off the 'best by' dates on certain food items so they they wont have to count them as a loss.

kernal 6 years, 6 months ago

Is that current management or previous management, salem? If you're going to out them, then out them, don't be vague.

salem58 6 years, 6 months ago

Current, and to add to this we were working one night and the freezers in the health organic section have shut down and were completely defrosted. We were told to take everything out and put the products in the meat freezer where they could be refrozen. Everything that was supposed to be frozen was completely mush and warm. The store director tells our manager to tell us that everything was saved and was able to be sold. Knowing for a fact that the director himself could not inspect the food after it was already refrozen. I quit shortly after, they do not get my business

kernal 6 years, 6 months ago

If that's the case, then you should have notified corporate in DesMoines. You still can.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 6 months ago

"ghetto" Dillon's. I wish they'd hurry up and build the new store. Can't wait to go all the way to 23rd street Dillon's for a whole year. They got one of them there Starbucky things. Then I won't have to make excuses to go get my Green Tea Latte.

John Hamm 6 years, 6 months ago

Checkers. Local, low cost and friendly staff.

kernal 6 years, 6 months ago

"you can get the same things at other stores cheaper". Sometimes you can, but if you pay attention, some of their items are cheaper than other stores. We just have to pay attention if we want to get the best for our buck.

Personally, I'd rather pay fifty cents more for fresh crisp produce than less for limp wilted produce with little or no flavor. I recommend not buying Merc produce that was packaged six days earlier, or more.

salem58 6 years, 6 months ago

I agree, things that are gluten free and other special need foods are cheaper at the merc than at other stores. I also agree with the produce, we used to get our produce from the merc but the quality was terrible.

kernal 6 years, 6 months ago

I've noticed they have some new people working in produce now and it seems to have improved. Also, they've been rejecting produce deliveries they feel are inferior. There have been times when Dillons on W. 23rd has had fresher and cheaper organic produce for some than the Merc. But then the Merc has had cheaper and better produce than Dillons at times. Guess it depends on the supplier and the seasons.

When a grocer's products are inferior, we as customers need to let the powers that be know.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 6 months ago

Most of our vittles come via Supertarget. One time, the missus did the weekly shopping there & then took the receipt to Dillon's, HyVee & Checkers. At each place she pseudo-shopped the entire receipt, about $150 worth of your standard family fare, & the overall cost was cheaper at Supertarget.
Their selection doesn't quite rival the other stores in some categories, but it's rarely an issue. Don't buy the Market Pantry pizzas, though. I'd rather eat the boxes they come in.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

Products from grass-fed animals are safer than food from conventionally-raised animals. This is especially reassuring now that mad cow disease, or BSE, has been confirmed in this country. Countries that conduct more rigorous testing for BSE have identified hundreds more cases. Many experts agree that if we were to test every one of our cows for BSE (the protocol in Japan), we, too, would find more diseased animals.

100% percent grass-fed animals have an extremely low risk of BSE. That is because their diets contain no animal by-products or other unnatural ingredients. They eat what nature intended: grasses and other green plants. You will also see research showing that choosing products from grass-fed animals may lower your risk of two other food borne illnesses, campylobacter and E. coli.

Nearly half of US meat and poultry likely contaminated with Staph

Almost half the meat and poultry sold in the US is likely to be contaminated by highly dangerous bacteria, according to research published this month (April 2011) in the scientific journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The study estimates that 47 percent of the meat and poultry on US supermarket shelves contains the bacteria staphylococcus aureus ("Staph"). It is not, however, among the four bacteria—Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and Enterococcus—routinely tested in meat by the US government.

The researchers tested 136 samples from 80 brands of beef, pork, chicken and turkey, purchased from 26 grocery stores in five major US cities. DNA tests from staph-infected samples suggest that the farm animals themselves were the major source of contamination.

"Densely-stocked industrial farms, where food animals are steadily fed low doses of antibiotics... [are] ideal breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that move from animals to humans," according to the report.

The bacteria is not only linked to a number of human diseases, but is also resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics. Lance B. Price, Ph. D., senior author of the study, stated that “The fact that drug-resistant S. aureus was so prevalent, and likely came from the food animals themselves, is troubling, and demands attention to how antibiotics are used in food-animal production today.”

"Antibiotics are the most important drugs that we have to treat Staph infections; but when Staph are resistant to three, four, five or even nine different antibiotics -- like we saw in this study -- that leaves physicians few options," Price said.

squarepusher 6 years, 6 months ago

There are about 16+ posts on here that have nothing to do with food, or grocery shopping. I'd say Merrill is on a better track than most. But yes, where do you shop, Merrill?

hedshrinker 6 years, 6 months ago

Checkers weekly using my Giveback card, Aldi monthly (they have great German breads, their high end label for Italian/Mexican/gourmet stuff is good, etc.), Merc monthly for bulk organic and specialty foods not available anywhere else.

Mike Hatch 6 years, 6 months ago

Hy Vee on 6th. That was quite an interesting read about it above, though...but I don't buy those types of things. If there's ever more than 2 people in front of you waiting to check out, they almost always open up more lanes instantly. At Dillons, they never do that, even when the line is 10-deep.

I like the sales/coupons at Walgreens and go there about a week. What I wonder about are the people who buy those individual rolls of TP wrapped up in paper. I think that's the only place they sell it by the roll. When I go in, I'm not up for browsing...I have a list and want to get in and out PDQ. Their layout is strange. Nothing really makes any sense regarding its location. It's like everything just fell off of the truck and they put it wherever it lands. I usually have to ask where something is. "Oh, the super's over on 3A, next to the wigs and industrial sized jars of olives"...of course that's an exaggeration for possible humorous effect, but you know what I mean.

bevy 6 years, 6 months ago

ALDI! The best and cheapest. So many folks haven't tried it and don't know how great their products and prices are. They aren't some hole-in-the-wall place, they are the largest grocery store chain in Europe! I can get a month's worth of groceries for my family of 6 for less than $200. Their produce is as good as anyone's (sometimes better, always cheaper.) Gotta love it.

MyName 6 years, 6 months ago

6th St. Hyvee. It's pretty cool. Started shopping there when I was working nights and I'm still going. Dillons annoys me and Checkers is too inconvenient to drive to.

whats_going_on 6 years, 6 months ago

It depends. Dillons is convenient for me and I like it. Sometimes HyVee, although less since they started their construction. Checkers for big bags of dog food. I would shop at Checkers more but the isles just drive me crazy. It's like a maze in there. And Target for a few things, since it's really close.

John Kyle 6 years, 6 months ago

Dillons on 23rd hooked me the time I went in after 10 at night and they were playing Reggae...Burning Spear in fact.

Kontum1972 6 years, 6 months ago

the town of 11worth still sucks and blows.....too much in-breeding there....

BigAl 6 years, 6 months ago

"scopi_guy (anonymous) says… Hy Vee on 6th. That was quite an interesting read about it above, though...but I don't buy those types of things. If there's ever more than 2 people in front of you waiting to check out, they almost always open up more lanes instantly. At Dillons, they never do that, even when the line is 10-deep."

Couldn't agree more. When Dillon's were by themselves up on 6th street, they were terrible at opening new lanes. Lines were long and the aisles were crowded. Their customer service sucked. HyVee made Dillon's rethink things.

Also, at HyVee you don't need one of those stupid Dillon's cards.

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