Post # 1
My husband and I just moved to southern New Husband and I am so confused around the grocery stores lol can anyone who lives in this region explain differences whether it be who usually has the best prices, quality, selection, etc. I really try and get all my stuff mostly in one place if I can, but usually end up running around to a few different ones for specific things. Very picky about meat & seafood. So far I’ve been to the super Walmart and hannafords near me but have yet to visit Shaw’s or market basket. I have to admit (I went mid week so that could be the problem) the stores seemed to be wiped out of a lot of stuff,not great selection, and also the stores seem smaller? Maybe just me… anyways help please! 🙂
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
Thank you everyone! Very helpful! From what I gather people seem to like market basket a lot and not so much shaws lol Hannaford is like middle ground I suppose. I went there last night but actually barely looked around cause was in rush but will need to look better.
I’ve beeen running around to all the grocery stores today minus shaws and I have to say that so far I do like market basket a lot and also mckinnons(not sure if they have other locations)
I loathe Walmart and told my husband besides toiletry stuff I don’t wanna shop there anymore. I don’t even get cell reception in ours! It’s a sign! Haha
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
Seconding (thirding etc) Market Basket for general shopping and McKinnon’s for meats!