New here! Grocery store help!

posted 5 months ago in New England
Post # 2
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I don’t live in New England, but have spent lots of time in Maine during the summer.  In that town, there is Shaw’s, Hannaford, and a few local shops.  Hannaford is fantastic for general grocery shopping (like it better than Shaw’s), but at those particular stores, both butcher shops were lacking, so we went to a local butcher shop for the cuts of meat we wanted.

Really though, individual stores vary.  Just rotate between different stores in your vicinity and see which ones you like best.  A friend of mine lived equidistant between two Giant Eagle stores (SW PA regional chain) and she vastly preferred one over the other.

Also, get recommendations from locals about any independent grocers or speciality shops.  In addition to the chain super markets, we have a whole grocery district filled with ethnic stores and butcher shops and produce stands and fishmongers and spice shops and so on.  If you have a place like that in your area, check it out.

Post # 3
1315 posts
Bumble bee

Hannaford is my store of choice. Everytime I go into a Shaw’s I regret it. I haven’t been to a Market Basket in years, but a lot of people love it and it has a reputation for low prices. 

Post # 4
1707 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I live in Hudson, Ma and here is my breakdown-

Hannaford- clean good, one stop shop 

Shaws- overly expensive but can have good sales sometimes. Meat is OK here. Best for produce and meat if Hannaford is not available.

Market Basket- good for bulk items, hard to find vegan (frozen) items, canned goods and off brand cheaper cereal. but NOT meat. I do not buy meat here. I have bought meat here and it stinks period end. No go. 

Price Rite- I used to love Price Rite for canned goods, rice, dry bags of beans, cereals, and frozen meats and eggs. Also produce if you buy IN SEASON. But they are few and far between. 

Wal mart – chips and canned goods, vegan stocks and cereall. Some frozen veg items and bulk off brand frozen veg are good prices. Limited produce/goes bad really quick so need to use same day. I do NOT buy meat here. 

Post # 5
5854 posts
Bee Keeper

xjsbellamias13 :  MARKET BASKET! Good quality, low prices, and they treat their employees very well which is important for me (and why I don’t shop at Walmart). Meat can be hit or miss depending on the store, but I’ve learned to never buy MB branded chicken – it’s just not good. But they sell another brand’s air chilled chicken that is very good and reasonably priced. 

Post # 7
1730 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My in laws live in your area and the shop mostly at Hannaford but pick up most of their seasonal produce at a local farm stand market kind of place and most of their meat (at least when they have company) at a specialty butcher shop. They’re retired and have lots of time to run around to various shops, though. 

Post # 8
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

The Market Basket in Nashua is HUGE! And you may also like Wegmans, the closest one to you is likely Burlington MA but the quality of their fresh produce and meat is top notch, and fairly priced. Plus they have coupons on their app.  My go to is Market Basket. Definitely the best prices, always a sale, and I agree with PP that they treat their employees really great and I always have excellent customer service when I am there.  

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

also from nh! market basket is definitely the cheapest, and shaws is the most expensive. i usually bounce between hannaford and market basket. i also LOVE mckinnons, whenever we’re in that area i stock up on meats, some of their other stuff was pricey. i also buy meat a lot from a local butchers (check out tuckaway tavern in raymond), or farm stands.

Post # 10
410 posts
Helper bee

We buy everything but meat at Market Basket, though I will say that the quality of MB has improved dramatically in the last couple of years. In terms of traditional grocery stores, Hannaford tends to have the best selection of meat and seafood, but I’ve found better quality and better prices at the local butcher even though that means another stop. I’ve not had great luck at Shaws, mostly because the one near me mostly has prepared meals which I don’t go for. 

Post # 11
2935 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Seconding (thirding etc) Market Basket for general shopping and McKinnon’s for meats!

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