Grocery Wars Heating Up in Cornwall Ontario – Will Consumers Win? POLL by Jamie Gilcig

Grocery Wars Heating Up in Cornwall Ontario – Will Consumers Win? POLL by Jamie Gilcig

freshcoCORNWALL Ontario –  Grocery stores are duking it out in Cornwall Ontario.  The latest entry has been Freshco.  The Sobey’s owned chain features more aggressive prices.

As a impoverished savvy consumer I try and make my dollars spread the furthest so I tend to shop at different stores.  Local management aside, I tend to like the design and offerings of Freshco.   In particular I find a nice choice of fresh fruits and veggies; a good selection of bread products, and some pretty good deals if you search.  In particular I find more International offerings than some stores.   Less than perfect is overall selection and access to the store.   Getting through the cash has been pretty smooth as our store never seems that busy.  They do charge for bags.

food basicsFood Basic$ has two stores here in Cornwall.   The grand dad of discounting in our city.   They are part of the Metro chain and clearly are different than our Metro store that is rumored to be leaving our fair city.

Again, lower priced produce, and lots of sale items.   I find not as large a selection of fresh meat & seafood; but lots of discounted prices for pre-packaged frozen.   Great access and pretty good service in Cornwall.   They do charge for bags.

no frillsNo Frills is Loblaws offering to Cornwall.   The franchisee owned store is now in the Eastcourt Mall with rumors that the Cornwall Square store is leaving after their lease ends this Spring.    The store has taken a beating since the second No Frills and Freshco opened with less staff and anecdotal evidence of  less deals compared to before.   This is the closest grocer to where I live and other than the parking garage I’ve always enjoyed running in for stuff.   The new NoFrills seems to be the real deal.  One peeve, fruit and vegetable offerings can be better.   They charge for bags.

metroMetro gets a bad rap for being expensive, and having the slowest service in Cornwall.

Best place in the city to purchase Lamb.

Has some of the most offerings of Organic food and carries some higher end products.

Again, may be a casualty of too many grocers, especially when the 800 pound gorilla that will be Walmart opens.  They charge for bags.

your independent grocerBaxtrom’s Your Independent carries the President’s Choice brand of products  from Loblaws.  They aren’t a discount chain, and have a full offering of foods and pharmacy.

They also have a wine store in the building which is almost never a bad thing except that they only offer a narrow range of product.  Service can be slow.  They charge for bags.

farmboyI love Farmboy, but you are paying for convenience.  Many times I don’t have a problem with that and the service is amazing.   They also tend to focus more on quality than lowest price which also isn’t a crime.

When I entertain it’s usually on my list of places to shop.

One of my fave restaurateurs locally would buy his produce there and we’d have great chats in the aisles.

The lay out is friendly and the samples are smart when available.  They DO NOT charge for bags.

Cornwall being a border town we have some interesting options just over the mini bridge in Massena NY.   Hannaford’s, Price Chopper, BJ’s, Tony Lakroix’s fave place to shop for cheese, (and mine too!) Aldi’s, and of course Walmart.  None of the US stores or Wal-Mart charge for bags.

So dear viewers of CFN.   Which is your favorite Grocery store?  You only get to pick one!

Which is your fave Cornwall Ontario regional Grocery Store?

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