So, our Knoxville market is getting more chains . . . so thought I'd ask the expert shoppers who post here their general feelings of each, and which is worthy of making a stop (or, more regular stops).
Our market is already served by Kroger
(I like their sales and probably spend more there partly due to convenience of locations for the more mundane shopping needs), Food City
(small-ish operator here in the southeast... decent stores, and I do shop here), Ingles
(not sure how big a chain, and would likely shop a bit more than the once-twice a month I stop if there was a more convenient location to where I live/work), Fresh Market
(becoming a larger chain who offers some items I prefer and has convenient location for me to shop at), Earthfare
, another upscale/organic grocer I occasionally stop by at but don't spend that much given selection/pricing and finally, a one-off locally-owned store called Butler & Bailey
which is kinda small, but about 1/2 mile away from my home, and has some nice meats (including prime), and a few other items I often buy here due to availability or pricing (many other items overpriced compared to other stores) and occasional good sale items. [how was that for a long run-on sentence?]
Oh - and grocery stores set-ups in a few Wal-Marts
(only one semi-close but wrong "direction" from my normal travels and I'm not a huge fan of Wal-Mart in general so don't shop that much to become a fan), a Target
store or two (I occasionally shop a nearby store for general items [and sales!] but it isn't official full grocery), and other chains such as Aldi
who I've not yet shopped, a newly-opened GFS
location (mainly a bulk grocer of their GFS label items that doesn't require paying for membership which I might stop more occasionally for those unusual items can't get at regular grocers) and the Sam's Club
location (next to that Wal-Mart with grocery) -- I've never been able to justify membership, and less so now with some similar grocer items in GFS).Note
, our fine Tennessee laws forbid grocers from selling alcohol except for beer.
[well, beer if the locality allows it which most do - and while we have "dry" counties, that usually refers to wine/liquor, although there could be some areas that don't even do beer - not sure of all areas in our state.... one famous TN "dry" county is Morgan, where Jack Daniels is located... but they got a special state law that allows them to sell special "commemorative" bottles of Jack Daniels - but not on Sundays
There have been attempts to get wine in grocery stores through the legislature, but the entrenched interests (read:money) is on the "no wine in groceries" side for the moment. Might change with some Costco and other grocer chains now in town/Tennessee.New stores/chains that are or will soon open that I'm looking for comments on:Publix
- first one in the area opened just yesterday, and I am curious to visit although it is also in the "wrong direction" of most of my travels although other stores nearby that I can justify traveling that way... and they've sent a coupon for $$ off! [there are also plans to open a medium-sized Publix that would be closer to my usual travel plans near where I work along with a small-sized Wal-Mart that won't have many grocery items (obviously) but which might get me to stop by more than the other location with grocery; not sure when this might happen as developer is still in the "early" stages.]Trader Joe's
- another first for the area - supposed to open a location not too far away in like 10 days - but it is gonna be small at 10,000 sq ft [always thought their locations larger? but have never been in one]Costco
- again, another first for our area (think there is location in Nashville and maybe Memphis). I've read a fair amount and am curious, but without wine, not sure if I'd pay membership (heck, even if they did have wine since my wine budget is tiny these days)... hoping they offer a "free" weekend when they open this late fall... but this too is "wrong direction" and in bad traffic area, although there is larger shopping area (more bad traffic!) with lots of stuff less than mile away that could make it a "hit occasionally" type visit if I could justify membership.Whole Foods
- (another first for the area) has said it plans to open its first Knoxville location closer to my travel ways, but they haven't yet started work on their supposed location, so guess it will be a while till it opens. I have stopped in an occasional Whole Foods (in particular in Ann Arbor when in town), and while probably not likely to be my top grocer I expect I would stop by now and then.
I am a fairly good shopper of "sales" for those items that can be stocked up or the more basic staple items, but don't mind doing a regular trip at other stores for my "favorites."
I think this covers most of the stores that are here and those who have or are soon to open.