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shucks


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Posted - 11/03/2009 :  2:37:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It appears that Ingles is firing a shot across the bow of WalMart and going head to head in the grocery biz.Have you seen the new store remodeling going on now? The Ingles will be huge store, looks like at least doubling the space.

I comparison shopped this week, just for the heck of it. Shows you what kind of life I am leading.

I picked 20 well known and common items and shopped all 3 major stores. Did not shop Sav a Lot because they do not carry the brands.To no surprise, Ingles and Wal Mart are dead even on price and BiLo was 30% higher all items.

The loser in this grocery war will be BiLo and I do not forsee them staying in Blairsville, once Ingles is up and running. The winner is the consumer, competition will keep prices low, thanks to
Wal Mart coming to town.

Shucks

GrayEagle

USA
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Posted - 11/03/2009 :  3:47:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks, I'm glad to know you are able to do comparison shopping for us! Thanks for taking the time and effort to do a "scientific" analysis and giving us the results. We will have to take that into account and, because Ingles has a larger selection of food items, they may be the overall winner. However, like you said, the consumer is the real winner!

When we were up at Labor Day, I saw the work at Ingles....very impressive. They are including a gas station and car wash, if I recall correctly.

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swissroger

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Posted - 11/03/2009 :  11:29:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit swissroger's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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meg

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Posted - 11/04/2009 :  09:36:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I like Ingles better than WalMart or Bi-Lo because their prices are better than Bi-Lo and they have a better selection than WalMart. Ingles will have an even greater selection of items when the addition is complete. I do shop at Bi-Lo sometimes when they have really good sales, but not on a regular basis.
I heard recently that Food Lion has bought all the Bi-Lo stores and will be closing some of them.
Another thing about WalMart is they don't usually have a lot of sales. If you check to see what is on sale each week at Ingles or Bi-Lo and stock up on things that you use when they are on sale you save a lot of money. And I know that WalMart says it will match other stores' sale prices, but it is a hassle to checkout if you try to get them to do that.Go to Top of Page
swissroger

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Posted - 11/04/2009 :  10:19:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit swissroger's Homepage  Reply with Quote
thanks for advice meg, lots of experience speaking.

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meg

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Posted - 11/04/2009 :  2:10:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, Roger, I have way too much experience buying (and eating!) groceries.

I try to be as frugal as I can, mostly out of necessity, but also because I want to be a good steward of what God has given me and also because that's how I was raised.

With the economy the way it has been the last few years, like shucks said, I'm afraid Bi-Lo might not be able to survive in Blairsville.Go to Top of Page

swissroger

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Posted - 11/04/2009 :  7:53:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit swissroger's Homepage  Reply with Quote
in usa you have so many choices to shop anything you want - if its manufactured its for sale in usa.

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fawn

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Posted - 11/04/2009 :  8:01:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Find that I'm shopping more at BiLo lately. It's easy to get in and out of the store unlike Ingles and I seldom buy anything that is not on sale. If I'm doing a major shopping, I usually go to the Ingles in Murphy since they have a good seafood selection, beer and wine. I don't shop at WalMart unless I have too. Went there a few days ago to get a new toaster. Picked up some bread from their bakery but that was it for my food shopping there.

Haven't been to a Publix in months!! Guess I'm over my Publix addiction!

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shucks


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Posted - 11/04/2009 :  9:26:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shoppers' do the math--do not get conned into the "buy 1 get 1 free".
You are in reality just buying 2 at regular price.

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Lavender

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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  08:16:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like Walmart's grocery store for it's neatness and being very clean, but i shop mostly at Ingles because the prices are lower!

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fawn

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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  08:23:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:

Shoppers' do the math--do not get conned into the "buy 1 get 1 free".
You are in reality just buying 2 at regular price.

Shucks


You are right Shucks. Need to know what the regular price of an item is to decide if BOGO is a good deal. Often I find that the price of an item is priced higher than usual on BOGO. Then again if an item is normally .90 but is on BOGO for 1.30, it is still a good deal to buy two. Have to be wide awake shopping, otherwise they'll "get" you.

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meg

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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  12:04:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:

Shoppers' do the math--do not get conned into the "buy 1 get 1 free".
You are in reality just buying 2 at regular price.

Shucks


I've noticed this at Bi-Lo sometimes, but not usually at Ingles. A while back Bi-Lo had frozen tilapia fillets buy 1 get 1 free and the price for one was about $8. Another week they had the same fish on sale buy 1 get 2 free, but the price for one was about $13.Go to Top of Page

iamsam

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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  1:55:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit iamsam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I consider the new WalMart in Blairsville a mini-super Walmart because it is smaller than most super Walmarts. I liked shopping there as opposed to ours in Fl. Ours is so big and you have to walk a mile just to get a gallon of milk.
As for grocery store shopping, I like to cut coupons and when there is a BOGO on a coupon item you can use 2 coupons and get the item much cheaper. I try to buy 2 newspapers on Sunday, except when I was up there last month the AJC was $4.00 and that is expensive.
Anyway, that is my 2 cents worth.

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meg

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Posted - 11/18/2009 :  11:52:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bi-Lo is having a great sale this week. I wonder if it is a desperate attempt to stay in business. The competition is good for the consumers though. The have turkeys on sale for $.39 a pound. You can't eat much cheaper than that! I got two turkeys there last week when they were on sale for $.48 a pound and cooked one of them. It was really good. I think I'll get another one this week if I can find room in the freezer for it until Thanksgiving.Go to Top of Page
Wildflower

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Posted - 11/23/2009 :  02:33:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You all should check out the remodeled Ingles in Hayesville. They are finally finished. It will give you an idea of what yours will be like.

They have an organic section in the Produce department, and they stack their vegetables vertically, so they fit a lot more of them in. There are four aisles of frozen food. The magazine section is expanded with books and a couple of chairs to sit in. And since Hayesville voted "yes" on wine/beer, they have a larger wine section than Hiawassee and an enclosed refrigerated room called "The Beer Cooler" for domestic beers. Imported beers are on the back wall where the wine is.

Same basic layout as Hiawassee, but some categories have been moved. For instance, crackers are opposite the bread aisle (makes sense). All drinks are now on one side of the store - water, soda, mixers, juice. They have many items I can't get in Hiawassee.

It's larger than our Ingles in Hiawassee, but I've heard the Blairsville Ingles is supposed to be even larger!!!

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Wildflower

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Posted - 11/23/2009 :  02:37:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, the Hayesville Ingles also has a pharmacy with a drive-thru and a gas station.

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hog wild

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Posted - 12/09/2009 :  11:10:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit hog wild's Homepage  Reply with Quote
so when will the Ingles remodel be completed? how is the walmart doing. we were in town in late oct. and i must say i was impressed but it looked a little slow. had lunch at the hole in the wall but could not find any fellow gator fans. Nick satan got the best of us this year WRJ.

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meg

United States
969 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  08:22:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The last I heard (a few weeks ago), they were a little ahead of schedule on the new Ingles. I'm not sure when they are expecting to be finished though. I'll be glad when the parking lot is not such a mess.Go to Top of Page
meg

United States
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Posted - 01/18/2010 :  1:43:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was told that the new part of Ingles will be open before the middle of February, so only a few weeks to go.Go to Top of Page
meg

United States
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Posted - 02/12/2010 :  11:23:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The new Ingles is quite impressive as far as Blairsville grocery stores go. They have a huge salad bar, and hot bar with baked potatoes, soups, wings, etc. They have made-to-order deli sandwiches like subway has. They also have hot breakfast items in the morning (eggs, sausage, biscuits...)
I will be glad when the remodeling is finished. Right now you have to do a lot of 'traveling' to get to items in all parts of the store.Go to Top of Page
GrayEagle

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Posted - 02/12/2010 :  11:28:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sounds like a vast improvement all around!

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shucks


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Posted - 01/31/2011 :  2:24:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As some of you are aware, I really do not have nuch to do, except enjoy life and take on meaningless activities.

I have always been fascinated with retail stores and their pricing. Particular grocery stores. If you go back you can see where I did a shopping price survey some months. Here we go again, some surprises.

I took 20 name brand items, available at any grocery store and that most all families purchase. I surveyed the 3 largest stores in town. By far the most expensive was Ingles.followed by BiLo and then WalMart.

Of interest Ingles prices increased about 6% since the store opened. BiLo stayed about the same and WalMart dropped about 2%.

Surprisingly, if you shop "house brands" Wal Mart is way cheaper, followed by Ingles and then BiLo.

Now if you want so called"knock off" brands, of as good or better quality than some house brands, then SavaLot is by far, hands down winner in pricing.

Now if you use coupons and creative pricing from the internet, you can same a bunch of money.For example, my daughter who lives in Birmingham, shopping at Winn Dixie uses coupons. Last week her grocery bill was $607.87. Using her coupons and the buying techniques that are available to anyone, she had to pay only $97.89.

A lot of people are doing this, so get out your coupons, get a book on "couponning" or take a class locally a save a bunch on groceries.

Shucks


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