Just curious which stores people choose to visit when they have a choice. Primarily for food shopping and also home improvement stuff, animal feed / farm stuff, those seem to be our most common shopping "categories".......
Also, what percentage of the stuff would you say you buy locally verses ordering online? We buy 80% locally and order 20% online. Unless it's a specialty item or hard to locate.
We have the typical Big Box Stores around here, within a 20 mile radius. We have both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's along with True Value and Ace Hardware stores. Menards is a 30 minute drive either north or south or east. I really like Menards, but rarely visit them because of the drive.
In the "Farm Store" category, we have a local mill, Tractor Supply and Family Farm and Home and also Rural King.
Then of course there are WalMart, Meijer's, a regional grocery chain called Martin's and one locally owned grocery store, There is also an Aldi's but we have never been there.
1. Locally owned single location store
2. Meijer's (Regional chain out of Grand Rapids of VERY Nice stores)
3. Martin's (primarily because a bank branch is located in the store)
Home Improvement -
1. Home Depot
2. True Value
4. Ace Hardware
Farm / Animal Feed -
1. Local Mill owned by same couple for 40 plus years
2. Family Farm and Home
3. Rural King (but it's a 30 minute drive)
4. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) (closest, but one we go to the least)
Stores we make it a point to not visit - 1. WalMart, because our store is rough, with a rough crowd, in an area with a lot of purse thefts and cars broken into, etc. I will not let my wife to to WalMart without me and she rarely has any interest in going there.
Other comments - I hear many of the GTT members mention Wal Mart and I think it might even be "Pat" from New York's favorite store (or so it seems like he said the other day). Overall, we like WalMart, it's just our local store is one of the worst I have been in across the nation. I even wrote their corporate office in Arkansas a letter and sent a picture because in the bathroom, where they have sign which says "If this store isn't clean, contact the Store Manager _______________ and the Regional manager _____________" and provided numbers, but both names and contact numbers had been scraped off the signs......I did get a letter from WalMart apologizing for the store condition and they indicated changes were coming, and they did. It's better than it was, but far from where it should be. Plus, it really tends to draw a different crowd than the other stores in our area.
I have a feeling the national brick and mortar stores are going to dominate the discussion in terms of stores selected. It will be interesting to see.