TELL US: Where Do You Get Your Groceries These Days?

On Friday, a Boston Globe article noted that Shaw's supermarkets, which has a location in Wakefield, is struggling against low-priced competition. So what about you? Do you shop at Shaw's or somewhere else in the area?

On Friday, a Boston Globe article noted that Shaws Supermarkets have been having a hard time keeping up with lower-priced competitors such as Market Basket and Stop & Shop.

The article noted that the supermarket chain has seen its New England market share fall from 19 to 11% in New England since 2006, while also seeing a $1.5 billion sales decline in that period. The company was reportedly started in 1860 but things apparently started heading south with a series of corporate acquisitions starting in the late 1980s. In the Globe article, customer satisfaction and high prices were cited as leading factors for Shaw's.

The supermarket chain has one location in Wakefield, on Water Street, near downtown. For many Wakefield residents, it's an easy and quick drive. But we all know how full those Market Basket parking lots always seem to be when looking another 15 minutes down the highway.

So with that, Wakefielders - where are you getting your groceries these days? Do you go to Shaw's in Wakefield, do you drive down the highway to Market Basket or Stop & Shop, or is there some other nearby place you prefer?

Diane Lee January 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Market Basket. When you can get the same product for almost a dollar less why would you go to the higher priced stores. I will go to Shaw's and Stop and Shop on occassion for some of their sale items or maybe if I have a coupon since those stores double them. However I have even found with doubling a coupon I still can get a product cheaper at MB.
Karla Cerulle January 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Market Basket. Even before Market Basket opened, I didn't go to Shaw's. I went to Johnnie's Foodmaster. Shaw's is just too expensive to do your weekly shopping.
Maureen Howland January 28, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Market Basket naturally for 90% of my food shopping. The other 10% I do at Costco. I always pick up the Stop and Shop weekly circular and I do occasionally purchase a few of their sale items. Their aisle items are consistently higher across the board. Their deli, produce, and bakery prices are ridiculous. I vowed I would never set foot into a Shaws after the mill buildings were torn down and I never have. I'll starve first. I love Market Basket. Who wouldn't?
Missy Lieber Thomson January 28, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Farmland...Shop locally!
Jim Rosato January 28, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I did a comparison study between Shaw's, Stop and Shop and Market Basket. I picked 12 items I commonly buy and went to all 3 stores to compare the prices. Market Basket was the hands down winner. Stop and Shop was second most expensive and Shaw's the most expensive. I guess Shaw's passes along the cost of sponsoring the Red Sox to us! Needless to say, I shop at MB. Money talks and .... walks.
Maureen Howland January 28, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I like the Farmland for bread, rolls, and cold cuts if they happen to be on sale. Their roast beef is awesome. I occasionally buy produce but I could never afford to buy a lot of items there.
William Laforme (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 07:33 PM
One great little item to try from the bakery at Farmland is the ricotta pie... I'm sure a number of other items are equally good...
Robert McLaughlin January 30, 2013 at 02:28 AM
I am still waiting for the historic displays to be placed inside the store to represent the historic site that was thrown away for a supermarket a lot of us never wanted. How did Osco Drug store work out at this site? Coming attractions - Job Lot, the Dollar Store, tumbleweed. Thanks to our town officials for being cheerleaders to destroy four 1880's mill buildings most towns would have loved to recycle. Bob McLaughlin
Maureen Howland January 30, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Major dittos Mr. Mc Laughlin! I feel ill when I see mill buildings in other towns that have been converted to lovely shops and condos. Allowing those historic buildings to be destroyed was a terrible mistake. Shaws will fail and it was all so predictable.
DBC February 06, 2013 at 09:47 AM
With no car and a disability that prevents me from standing too long or walking very far, I use Peapod (home delivery from Stop and shop) . I've done the comparison research by taking my Peapod order to Market Basket on a printed-out list. On that particular list I would save $20 by going to MB. I revised my thinking and returned with my next list and found it would cost just about the same. Therefore, I am just more careful now with what I order. The two big advantages are no "bakery smells" to deal with and putting the item into the cart doesn't mean you are going to buy it. I go back and revise my order over and over until I have more of what I need and less of what I want. I can revise my order until just hours before they deliver it. It is all done from the comforts of my computer chair. I can use coupons and get special discounts that lower the total cost. However, best of all, I know my total cost before I go to the "check-out." It may not be the cheapest, but it does have good perks, without even putting on a jacket!


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