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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

...ASAT grocery store death tournament, round 1

To determine the best grocery store in the Huntington area, I've semi-arbitrarily seeded the top 16 (that I could think of) and will square them off in a single elimination tournament in order to determine the best place to buy groceries in Huntington and its suburbs.

1. Barboursville Kroger vs 16. Rt 60 Save-A-Lot
The newly-expanded Bville Kroger easily crushes the tiny Eastern Heights off-brand grocer after a flying sushi drop and an organic spinning heel kick.

8. Proctorville Kroger vs 9. Barboursville Food Fair
Despite not charging any state sales tax on food, Proctorvegas' Kroger falls victim to the Food Fair due to the former having something of a old milk carton smell and the latter having a good selection of Angus beef.

4. 5th Ave. Kroger vs 13. Adams Ave Aldi
Chris James put a quarter in a cart to unlock it? I don't think so. Despite having good produce, Aldi can't overcome the silly anti-cart theft policy or 5th Ave's massif beer selection.

5. South Point WalMart vs 12. International Market
The International Market puts up a damn good fight with specialty products not available anywhere else in the Tri State, but it just cannot compete with the juggernaut that is WalMart, especially since Ohio does not charge a sales tax on food and the IM doesn't carry much in the way of (warning: admittedly western-centric comment ahead) "staples."

2. Huntington Mall WalMart vs 15. Central City Save-A-Lot
West Virginia's largest Wally World easily crushes CC's Save-A-Lot. Not even Bubba Cola can save them.

7. 1st St. Kroger vs 10. Julian's
The little market that could scores a big upset here with the best meat department to be found anywhere in the area (RIP Miller's Meat Market) and a super-convenient location in the South Side of Huntington. This Kroger, meanwhile, smells bad, has rude employees, and scary customers and, as a result, I only shop there in emergencies.

3. Rt. 60 WalMart vs 14. Chesapeake Save-A-Lot
If any of the generic stores can pull off an upset, it'd be this one because, as I've already mentioned, Ohio has no sales tax on food. But, alas, they too fall short, as this Super WalMart has a killer frozen orange chicken from InnovAsian and a back exit that gets you back into town via Norway Ave.

6. 1st St. Food Fair vs 11. Westmoreland Foodland
Although Westmoreland's Foodland is a great place to shop for folks who live in Huntington's portion of Wayne County, they just can't hang with the Angus beef and three kinds of Cincinnati chili offered at Food Fair.

Check back soon for round 2.

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Blogger Buzzardbilly said...

When I was driving from Charleston to Huntington (and back) five days a week, I used to love shopping at the Food Fair in Barboursville.

While they lost their round, if you are a fan of honey at all you need to stop by the International Market and purchase some real Greek honey (which is oh-so-much thicker than good old American honey). Only place I've seen in WV that carries it. Sometimes they even have Greek honey with walnuts soaking in it. It's all you need on top of ice cream (or straight out of the jar).

Tuesday, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

We usually hit up the IM about once a month to putty in the gaps that Kroger, WM, and FF can't fill.

I'm addicted to their Formosa beef jerky, personally.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008  
Blogger All Click said...

Dude, where is your consumer loyalty? Or did you visit a whole bunch of supermarkets in the name of research?

I hear in Aldi the clerks have to memorize every item price in the store.

Friday, January 18, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

Consumer loyalty?

Is thst some sort of silly British thing? :)

Seriously, though, last time that I checked, none of them really give a shit about me.

Saturday, January 19, 2008  
Blogger All Click said...

haha yer I was saying it with a tongue firmly placed in my cheek. There is less choice of supermarkets across the pond so you kinda stick with the one closest. Wal-mart hasn't invaded yet...ish

Wednesday, January 23, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

International Market seems to have gone out of business.


Thursday, June 26, 2008  

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