Aloha Friday: So Where Do I Buy FOOD Around Here?

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

While a lot of the major stores that I’m used to are here in Wisconsin – like Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Home Depot, etc. – there are a few things that are just totally different. Like the lack of Dunkin Donuts. And grocery stores – all the grocery stores here are completely different than what we had in Massachusetts. I was very used to my Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Shaws, Big Y, Price Chopper variety so it’s been interesting having none of them around – and instead having these strange stores in their place – which stores are the big ones? Which have the better prices? Since we don’t know anyone in the area we pretty much have to figure that out as we go.

The main grocery stores we’ve found so far are Copps (we liked them a lot and they are the closest), Cub Foods (also nice, but a bit further away) and Woodmans (we didn’t care for them at all) – there is also an Aldi and I think a Pick’n’Save in the area. Before moving to Wisconsin the only store listed that I’d heard of is Aldi, because they own Trader Joe’s, but I’d never been to any of them – there is a Trader Joes in the area and also a Whole Foods, but they are about 30 minutes away and I haven’t been to either of the local stores yet.

So my Aloha Friday questions for this week are:

  • Have you been to any of the grocery stores I listed above? Do you like them? Any that you really dislike?
  • What is your favorite grocery store in your area? Least favorite?
  • How far do you drive to get to your main grocery store?
  • Do you drive further to go to a nicer one or settle for a less favorite because of the distance?


  1. I love shopping at Walmart
    I have been in Trader Joes and before the closed down CUB FOODs it was my favorite place for Grocery’s.

    I used to enjoy shopping at ALDI but not so much any more


  2. I have been to Price Chopper, Hannaford and Trader Joes (wish we had that here). Not a huge fan of any of the local stores. Wish we had Wegmans here. These days I usually got to Walmart since it is close and has most of the things we need to save money. Of course the Hannaford around the corner gets business for things that Walmart does not have an emergencies.


  3. I haven’t heard of any of those…but I am in MA still shopping at Shaws and Stop and Shop!

    I don’t like to drive more than 10 minutes to get anywhere, EVER. I am too impatient!


  4. I shop Walmart for groceries. There further away (20 miles) but, the savings there vs. shopping locally more than makes up for the expence of driving there!


  5. I’ve only heard of Trader Joe’s (shop @ when in big city) & Aldi’s which I’ve heard is very reasonably priced for staples.

    I shop @ the military commissary which is the cheapest for just about everything. It’s 25 min away but that’s the closest there is!


  6. We do not have any of those stores.. but Whole Foods.. It is an hour away… and lots of traffic… I go there maybe 2 or 3 times a year.. I shop at Wal-Mart alot.. I do like Krogers but the prices are higher and I can get everything I need at Wal-Mart.. I’m maybe 10 minutes from both. I will drive about 15 minutes to a small town right outside ours just because there are fewer people!


  7. My sister lives in WI and she goes to Copps I think a lot…

    I use Safeway a lot, but its only about 5 blocks down the street…and the farthest I drive for grociery shopping is 5-8 minutes…otherwise I would have to drive about 1 1/2 – 2 hours to go real shopping.


  8. I love Trader Joe’s and we have 3 in our town. I get most groceries at Albertson’s an Costco, both of which are 1-2 miles from my house. I tend to go near my house which is why I don’t go to TJ’s more often.


  9. I’ve been to Aldi, they are cash only and carry mostly no-name brands but you can save a ton of money.

    And once again we’ll have the same issue when we move, the grocery stores are completely different. Safeway seems to be the big one where we’ll be.

    There is an A&P right in town but they tend to be more expensive and with less selection. We tend to go to the Shop Rite that’s a little further away (5 miles instead of 1!) because it’s a bigger store with better prices, plus I grew up on Shop Rite so it’s an old favorite.

    Do any of the stores offer online shopping? That might be a good way to check out selection as well as price.


  10. Glad to hear that you arrived safely. Everything will get easier with time and you will soon find your way around. Make exploring an adventure.


  11. I don’t live in Wisconsin, but I did go to school in MA so I’m familiar with the stores you’re used to! I now live near Portland, OR and our stores are also completely different. One thing I’ve noticed is that although certain stores might have different names they’re usually owned by the same national company and have a lot of similarities to stores you’re familiar with. So the key is really to find out the national company, and then see what the stores are called in your area and match them up. Massachusetts actually tends to be the odd ball when it comes to grocery store names, because the national companies bought out the “home town” shops but kept the old names. Probably something to do with how MA people love traditions.

    One time I sat on a flight next to a guy who was in Macy’s upper management. He explained to me that Meier & Frank (in Portland) was also Macy’s but with a different name after the original store owners. And low and behold, 7 years later all the Meier & Frank stores here in Portland turned into Macy’s.

    I always suspected that Stop & Shop was actually Albertson’s, but I have no proof of that.


  12. Since we moved I have a nice grocery store only 5 minutes away! Called Haggen (locally owned). I used to shop at Cub Foods, but the name changed a few years back in our area – but i liked it. Trader Joe’s rocks and is worth the drive once in a while. I love Whole Foods!! But it is rather spendy, so that is more of a visit for fun (while you’re going to Trader Joe’s) kind of thing.


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