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I see where a Bloom grocery is coming into N. Raleigh. Since they are only located in the Southeast I was hoping to find some feedback on them here.

They are a subsidiary of Food Lion, which automatically makes me wary. They tout themselves as being high-tech. I believe that means they have the shopping cart scanners and self-checkout. They also put there milk near the entrance, rather than at the back of the store. I checked out their weekly specials online and their prices seem comparable to or slightly higher than Harris Teeter on national brands.

Is there any reason to choose Bloom over Harris Teeter? I don't care for the idea of paying extra to do the labor myself (Look, ma! I'm checking out my own groceries!) and have that positioned as a "technological advance," but if there's something I'm missing I'd be happy to hear about it.

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  1. Where in N. Raleigh will it be located?

    1. My question as well - where will it be in N Ral?

      I have friends in other cities who have shopped at Bloom and like it a lot for the convenience factor - if I'm not mistaken, this is the chain where you can pick up a scanner at the door, scan your stuff as you go, then expedite payment at the checkout.

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      1. re: Suzy Q

        There's a "Coming Soon" sign at the corner of Strickland and Ray Rd. The corner lot was supposed to have been a Kerr drug or something similar a few years ago but construction was never started. I counted once and estimated that there were at least 6 grocery stores within a 5 minutes drive of that corner. What does that say about the shopping habits of people who live in that area?

      2. I've been to the Blooom in Greenville SC and it's just a much nicer Food Lion. I'd say stick with Harris Teeter.

        1. When I lived in Asheville there were a lot a tv ads for Blooms - I guess there are some in GSP or Charlotte perhaps. I haven't been to one but have been curious. Here is a thread from several months ago.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446355

          1. I shop pretty regularly at the Bloom just around the corner form my house in Greenville, SC. The meat is what brings me in. They offer only Angus beef and have a very good selection and prices are very fair for it. I also check their sales for chicken and have gotten whole chicken there in the past for 49 cents per pound which is as good as you will get anywhere. They also have a great seafood area and I have gotten canned crab for gumbo there for $5 on sale. They are pretty much like any other store in the area as far as grocery items go....they do have good sales so I catch their ads for good prices. Like I said, you can't beat their beef section...I either buy mine from them or Fresh Market and I get better prices at Bloom for the most part. I catch their "buy it today" beef and get great prices and put it right in the freezer....you know what I mean? The expiration date is the next day so the price is off by a few dollars and you save quite a bit!! I buy ahead and freeze it and use that for stews and soups and such and buy it fresh top grill, etc.
            All in all they are pretty much like any other store but they do have a few extras which I like...they offer hand held scanners so as you put an items in your cart, you scan it and when you get to the check out you download your scanner and pay and you are done! They also have rebate checks you get depending on how much you spend there....you use it to buy more there, not for cash. I also get coupons from them for $10 off $50 or more in the mail....they send you a months worth at a time. They have a section in the front of the store for milk and bread so you go in, get milk, check out and go! They seem to have less traffic for the most part as well.
            I shop there probably 2 - 3 times a month and the rest of the time I go to Bi-Lo or Publix but I buy all my beef either at Bloom or Fresh Market.
            Hope that helps!!

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            1. re: ps1

              Actually they've very recently stopped doing the rebate checks. Now the "Breeze" cards work like a Food Lion MVP card to get you discounts on different items every week. I like them for the same reasons as you, plus I can get things there that I can't get at Food Lion.

              1. re: ps1

                We got a steak for $4 on the one trip we've made to Bloom in Greer (I rotate between Whole Foods and Bi-Lo normally) and it was seriously not bad. I just stuffed a bunch of $10 coupons in my purse that came in the mail, so I think I'll be making another trip soon.

              2. I was in one a while ago and think of it as an upscale convenience market. The typical customer is probably a single man or woman or a busy working couple. A family with kids wouldn't shop at this type of store.

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                1. re: leahinsc

                  "Convenience store" totally sums it up. I have been to two Blooms in Greenville SC and was extremely disappointed with both. They exude the ambiance of Food Lion, and deliver mediocrity in every department. I am still stunned someone would compare Fresh Market's meat department to that of Bloom. Yes, they both have meat; end of comparison. Definitely stick with Harris Teeter.

                2. We have one in Virginia Beach. I have been a loyal HT customer since they opened their first store here. I will never switch! However, I shopped at Bloom when they first opened because they had some great coupons - watch for them. They re-did the Food Lion store and acually made it quite nice - I wouldn't step foot in Food Lion but I will go in Bloom. They are sort of a glorified 7-11 but I'm not sure if that's because it is in an area close to the "resort" and therefore they hope to cater to tourists or that is what they carry in all their stores. I thought their wine selection looked pretty good - they have a wine I can't get anywhere else around here and the price is good. I have seen some good produce and their meat looks ok. They also have a wider cheese and "artisan" bread selection. A friend swears their rotisserie chickens are the best. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there but if you had to go by one and needed something you thought you'd never find at Food Lion, you might find it at Bloom.

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                  1. re: Susan627

                    Where is the Bloom in Virginia Beach?

                    1. re: munchkinmanner

                      Shore Drive and Great Neck Rd. They converted the Food Lion that was there.

                      1. re: munchkinmanner

                        There's a BLOOM at Corner of Sandbridge Rd. and Princess Anne Rd. Again, they converted their Food Lion. They are on my way home but I'm in there more often than when they were Food Lion. Absolutely no comparison to Harris Teeter but even amoung the Harris Teeter's there is a difference and I'm sure the Blooms differ too. This particular Bloom draws from the residents in Pungo and will have customers who rent in Sandbridge Beach in the summer so I think they will try to be the "convenient market" since its the first supermarket both groups of shoppers will pass.

                      2. re: Susan627

                        Food lion and Bloom are owened by the same company.

                      3. We use to have a Harris Teeter in Greenville, SC but they closed and a Bi-lo took over. Now we have Blooms all over town. They are on the line of Publix and don't come close to a Harris Teeter. I miss the Harris Teeter. I want my Harris Teeter back. Hope this helps you out.

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                        1. re: From_Scratch

                          Straying off topic a bit here but are you saying that HT is way better than Publix? I know a lot of folks who would give you an argument on that one! Where I am I don't have a convenient option to use either (nearest Publix is about 60 miles to the South and the nearest HT is about 60 miles to the North), but have shopped at both at various times in the past in various cities and can't say there's all that much difference. They are both way behind Wegmans that's for sure, but the only "southern" location of Wegmans is the Virginia 'burbs of Washington DC.

                          1. re: johnb

                            Our Publix is Good, but the one HT we had was great. HT had a great meat and fish section. Hearing about Wegman, bring it on. I wish we had one here.

                        2. Did the Bloom ever open in North Raleigh?
                          I see they are building one in Apex now off Holly Springs Rd. But when I went to the Bloom website it did not show any locations in the Triangle area.