Grocery store war launched by love letter to Publix

Uh-oh. It’s on.

Yesterday, a writer for Buzzfeed posted a love letter to Publix grocery stores that included everything from spotless stores to perfect subs.

Next thing you know, comments are flowing in from all over the country with folks shouting out their favorite grocery store chain.

Today, the Miami New Times chimed in with Five Reasons Why Publix Isn’t the Best Grocery Store Ever. This list includes shady locations and questionable seafood practices.

Publix, based in Lakeland, Fla., operates 182 stores in Georgia (the state with the most store locations after Florida).

Sooooo, what say you? How does Publix rank?

What is your favorite metro area grocery store?

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Monica Parrish

January 9th, 2013
2:50 pm

Wegmans is the best. Could spend hours in there on Sundays


January 9th, 2013
2:53 pm

ALDI. Limited selection,small staff-Superlative store. Their store brands are fantastic.Their prices blow other stores away. I just hope that more people don’t discover ALDI. They have literally allowed my family to live better for less money.


January 9th, 2013
2:55 pm

Trader Joe’s. Great selection, always clean, fantastic staff. And yummy free samples.

Stacy W.

January 9th, 2013
3:26 pm

So many variables to pick one store. Price, atmosphere, cleanliness, items in stock and stocked neatly, pleasant, helpful employees, favorite brands, ect. Location is a big thing too, so I will say I have Publix, Kroger’s, and a Wal Mart near me. My Kroger remodeled and used a dark brown concrete stain and has very poor lighting. I do not like the atmosphere. My Wal Mart is the least expensive, but not personable. I hate to shop, so when I do, I want to feel comfortable in nice, bright,clean surroundings. I like my Publix for the prior comments, cheaper price on Boar’s Head meats, Buy 1 get 1 Frees are easy to find, and their customer care. Price isn’t always the only issue.


January 9th, 2013
3:29 pm

Wegmans, hands down. No competition. If only we had them in the south.


January 9th, 2013
3:31 pm

Trader Joes is the best for affordable prices and vegetarian friendly options


January 9th, 2013
3:33 pm

My daughter works at Kroger and we get a 10% discount off of Kroger brand products, so I am gonna have to say Kroger ranks higher with my family.

Target Lady

January 9th, 2013
4:05 pm

‘Tis better to starve outside a Publix than to buy cancer-causing “food” at the retail cesspool known as Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart can Burn in H 3 L L.

Target Lady

January 9th, 2013
4:06 pm

For preservative-free (& Tasty) food, Trader Joe’s ROCKS.

Angie P.

January 9th, 2013
4:08 pm

“What say you?”

Target Lady

January 9th, 2013
4:13 pm


Are you a Bill O’Reilly fan?

Your “Sooooo, what say you?” query is perhaps his most-famous on-air query and catchphrase.

If you are a fan of his, YOU GO, GIRL!

(I just knew there had to be a reason I like you & your blog so much, Nedra.)


January 9th, 2013
4:21 pm

I love going to the Dekalb Farmers Market! Great prices, and large selection of fruits and veggies! Have to go to Kroger for the things they don’t have but like to go there first.


January 9th, 2013
4:30 pm

I tried to shop at ALDI one time almost 6 years ago. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. I didn’t even bother to get my quarter back for the buggy rental. It’s amazing that Trader Joe’s is the same company–except for them both being small, cramped stores, there is no comaprison between the 2.

We do shop in Publix the most. I’d like to shop more at Kroger for fuel points; but, we’re not fans.


January 9th, 2013
4:39 pm

Whole Foods, but there aren’t really any of their stores near me…so I opt for staples from Kroger and Fresh items from Publix (overall, publix is too expensive to buy everything there).

Dunwoody Granny

January 9th, 2013
4:55 pm

I do most of my shopping at Publix because of the bright stores and customer service. I avoid Kroger and WalMart like the plague! But it’s hard to say Publix is my favorite, because although Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Fresh Market are destination shopping for me, I love the shopping experience at all of them. I don’t buy a lot at Whole Foods or Fresh Market because of the prices, but I always enjoy looking at all the luxury items they carry. I do buy a good bit at Trader Joe’s. They have both good merchandise and good prices!


January 9th, 2013
5:19 pm

Really? That would be like only going to one restaurant or wearing just one pair of shoes for me. It depends on how much money I have to spend and what I’m looking for on that day.

Cheese/olive counter: Whole Foods
Organic or hard to find healthfood: Return to Eden
To get cheap essentials: Aldi’s
cheap vegetables/ethnic (Hispanic/Asian/Central European) stuff: Mercado de Puebla, Fiesta Foods, Buford Highway Farmer’s Market
big ticket meat and convenience packaged foods: Public/Kroger
cheap soda: QuikTrip
Seriously cheap snack/frozen convenience food: Dollar Tree/Family Dollar
Cheap Pseudo pre-packaged ethnic food: Trader Joe’s
Prepackaged Indian Food: Taj Majal Imports
An excuse to go to a good cafeteria: Dekalb Farmer’s Market


January 9th, 2013
5:26 pm

As much as I like to eat, I kinda hate traditional grocery stores. Too many aisles designed to keep you in there as long as possible. I shop Trader Joe’s and farmers markets for fruits and veggies.


January 9th, 2013
5:26 pm

Restaurant Depot — 10-40 lb boxes of meat
HMart — ethnic groceries
Aldi — generic staples
Kroger — clearance sections and ad deals only

While Publix and Whole Foods score high on presentation, I’d need at least twice the budget to shop at either of those places.

– family of 6, 3 squares a day

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WalMart = Garbage

January 9th, 2013
8:55 pm

I hope Wal-Mart goes out of business.

That place is [manure].

A reader

January 9th, 2013
9:04 pm

I love my local publix. It is close to my house and it is a smaller publix and off the beaten path which means it is not as crowded as some of the others. In addition, all of the employees are helpful and friendly. I know where everything is so I can get in and out quickly, which is a big thing for me. The negatives is that the fresh seafood is limited and not very fresh and the variety of produce is limited. There is also not a cheese counter or a hot food counter like many other publix, but that is not a big negative for me. So for my day-to-day shopping I go to publix.

Live love Dekalb Farmer’s Market but it is 20-25 miles away so I rarely go there. I hate Walmart. The prices and selection are good, but the place is always packed with the dreaded People Of Walmart (and the lines are long) For fresh seafood I try to find a local seafood market or go to Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods. But to be honest I really do not have time to go shop at a bunch of different stores. I make do with what my closest grocery store carries unless it is an usual occasion.

Midnight garden

January 9th, 2013
9:31 pm

I’ve tried to limit shopping at Wal mart. Mostly shop at Publix because it is closest to where I live …also shop at Kroger which is less expensive. Love those fuel points and using their visa I get cash back.


January 9th, 2013
9:56 pm

I love whichever store has the best sales and lowest prices. Along with coupons, I’ve been using this Ibotta app for use with a smartphone. They’ll give you $5 if you sign up by this Friday 3PM and do you first purchase by 1/17 3PM. This is a great app. For instance, you save $1.25 extra on Kelloggs cereal and when matched with a publix sale and a coupon, it was free. Lots of great offers including Coke. So far in a few days, I’ve saved over $20 plus you get $5 free after your first deal. I deposited the money in my bank. If you want to try it, here’s the link.


January 9th, 2013
9:58 pm

We shop at DeKalb Famer’s Market, HMart, Whole Foods, Costco, and Trader Joes. Sometimes we’ll shop at Fresh Market for their Tuesday and Saturday special deals.


January 10th, 2013
1:42 am

The Aldi near me reeks of homeless people BO, spoiled milk and broken dreams. (The Pleasant Hill location, so by no means in a run-down area.) They are incredibly cheap, but not cheap enough to make me stomach their lack of customer service and terrible shopping conditions and the fairly long drive to that location. I prefer Publix, but it is pricey, so I go to Kroger for most things. Wal-Mart is not that cheap, generally no cheaper than Kroger on most things, even with my employee discount. Just wish I could use the points earned at Kroger for other things than cash off gas. I don’t accumulate that many points as I’m single and I don’t use their gas anyway. But that’s okay, it’s hard to complain about something free.


January 10th, 2013
9:22 am

Wegmans?! Those post must be from people way…… up North. Growing up, I did not but as an adult shopper I do now, realize that Wegmans was always cutting edge in what kind of food and the quality of the food it offered all for a fair price. Wegmans was way ahead of its time . Spoiled you if you lived in the area of a Wegmans and then moved away without one. People who have not had the experience do not know what they are missing.

mystery poster

January 10th, 2013
11:29 am

Ugh, Wegmans.
Overpriced and way too large.


January 14th, 2013
2:48 pm

I don’t like to have to go to multiple stores to find deals/brands. I find Kroger best for the bulk of my shopping. It always has the brands I’m looking for and it has a good variety of sale items. I even prefer their store brand for some things. And I like their salad bar.

I did notice that their fresh fruit selections were sub-par last summer. Hopefully, that was a one time thing. I had to go to other stores to get the peak season fruit.