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Does your local Target carry Groceries?

jujuthomas Oct 29, 2009 03:40 PM

We just got coupons from Target for groceries in the mail, indicating perhaps the opening of a super target (or renovation of regular Target) to carry groceries.
How do you find the prices compared to your "regular" grocer and how is the produce generally?
Wondering if this is worth investigating or if the coupons go into the recycling. :)

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    BellaDonna Oct 29, 2009 06:54 PM

    I have shopped at Super Target for over 6 years. There prices relatively are comparable to Wal-Mart and lower than Kroger. Their produce stays fresh for awhile too and they have a pretty good selection. The down side to shopping for groceries at SuperTarget is that they will have a smaller selection of everything since it is not a full grocery store but I have always found what I needed.

    1. elfcook Oct 29, 2009 07:05 PM

      we have a regular Target, and it has nonperishables, and a few cold things like frozen dinners & milk. I pick up some things like soda & juice, sometimes cereals or snacks, but don't do much. I rarely find the Target coupons to be worthwhile, but their prices are usually comparable on the things I do buy. Then again, I have 3 groceries closer than the Target, so that may factor into it.

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        beachmouse Oct 29, 2009 07:14 PM

        We've only got regular Targets around here. Their Archer Farms premium store brand has some good offerings. We love their bronze cut whole wheat penne pasta, snack chips, and quickbread mixes.

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          coney with everything Oct 30, 2009 06:16 AM

          agree that the Archer Farms stuff, both frozen and canned/boxed, are very good. I haven't found anything yet that was totally bad. The potato chips come in interesting flavors and are quite good.

          The Target closest to me has a few produce and dairy items, but no meat. The produce is VERY limited and never looks good.

          1. re: coney with everything
            cavandre Oct 30, 2009 10:34 AM

            Another vote for the Archer Farms brand...have yet to buy anthing with this brand that wasn't pretty good or better.

            As for the produce, I don't think it's any better or worse than Publix, but that's not saying much as I think the Produce Dept. is Publix's weakest.

            1. re: cavandre
              jeanmarieok Nov 4, 2009 03:35 PM

              Third vote for the Archer Farms stuff. Excellant quality stuff.

        2. Samalicious Oct 29, 2009 07:33 PM

          There's a huge new SuperTarget in our neighborhood with a full-blown grocery,bakery and deli. A lot of the produce is prepackaged but is generally ok. The meat cuts look kind of weird to me so I don't buy a lot of that, but they have a good selection of nearly everything else. Prices are comparable to the grocery stores, sometimes a little cheaper, and as mentioned above their house brands are fine.

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            queencru Oct 31, 2009 05:42 AM

            I've been to a few Super Target, one of which I used to shop at regularly. The meat selection was probably the worst around, but I found that the prices of other goods could be better or worse than the other groceries in the area. I didn't find that the selection of groceries at that Super Target was less than what I'd find elsewhere. The produce area was about the same size, as was the bakery and deli.

            There are some mid-sized Targets that are somewhere between a regular sized Target and a Super Target in terms of size. The one in my current community has everything except produce. You can get frozen and refrigerated items as well as a larger selection of cereals and pastas than you'd find in the traditional size target.

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              jujuthomas Oct 31, 2009 09:01 AM

              the arrival of the coupons is interesting. I checked Target's website and there isn't a Super Target for 100 miles! unless as I said they renovated one and haven't updated the site.
              thanks all!

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                queencru Oct 31, 2009 09:25 AM

                Perhaps you have an expanded regular target that's in between a Super and traditional? They would not change the name to Super Target.

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                  jujuthomas Oct 31, 2009 04:04 PM

                  interesting. i'll have to check into that. thanks!

            2. BeenThereAteThat Nov 1, 2009 01:17 AM

              Yes, it does, but I never compare prices. I just buy whatever I need wherever I happen to be.

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                johnhicks Nov 1, 2009 06:46 AM

                Meats are juiced and expensive, produce selection is ok but fairly small,

                1. Ayelene Nov 3, 2009 09:50 AM

                  We don't have a Super Target (I suspect the recent conversion of our Wal-Mart to a Super one might change that), but it does offer a few frozen, refrigerated and dry goods. I don't usually buy there (right next to Publix), but (with exception to the previously mentioned Archer Farms items) I haven't noticed anything special - selection or pricewise.

                  However, it is the only store in my area that offers Popchips (which I LOVE). They run about $2.40 for a 3 oz bag, and I've seen $1 off coupons for them, but just in Weight Watchers magazine. I guess chips and stuff would count as groceries, right? :)

                  Sorry I can't offer an opinion about the produce, etc. -- there is one near my son's school, but I haven't been able to really check it out (everyone is always rushing me out of there!). What I've seen looked to be fresh and in good shape, though.

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                    cheesecake17 Nov 3, 2009 10:21 AM

                    The Target near me is a regular store with extended grocery items. The milk, orange juice, eggs, MinuteMaid lemonade, cereal, granola bars, chips, and crackers are all very well priced. They always have lots of flavors of Yoplait light yogurts and are the cheapest when not on sale somewhere else. Silk soymilk is also really well priced at Target.

                    Most of the items are packaged and I don't buy so much of that stuff- but my friend who buys junk food for her kids says the stuff is really cheaper than the supermarkets. They have a large selection of frozen dinners and ice cream- which seems cheaper to me.

                    The only downside is that once they run out of milk and eggs that's it till the next day. There's no stock in the back, so I don't go expecting to buy milk.

                    target brand ziplock baggies and cleaning supplies are really cheap- usually cheaper than the actual brands with a coupon.

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                      mandycat Nov 6, 2009 11:34 AM

                      There is a Super Target near my office where I shop for all the non-food items that I don't buy at Costco. When I was in a time crunch one day I also picked up some "fresh" produce. I call them "fresh" because when I actually opened the packages, which no doubt should have been my first clue, they had a strange chemical odor and taste. I'm guessing that their produce came from far, far away and long, long ago and had been treated to mimic freshness.

                      I never bought anything edible there ever again, packaged or non. I can still remember the Science Fair aroma of that cabbage. Yuck.

                      1. Kajikit Nov 10, 2009 03:34 PM

                        Target's grocery prices are pretty good... you can buy just about anything you can think of at Super Target, but if it's a regular store the range is limited by space. They just renovated our local store and tripled the size of the grocery area... I wouldn't try to buy fresh food there (the range is tiny) but their prices on packaged stuff are great.

                        1. trolley Dec 15, 2013 05:57 PM

                          yes, mine even carries Applegate Farms deli meats and organic Driscoll berries. I don't venture into buying raw meat or veggies there but I did but a big bag of organic baby carrots for a preschool function.

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                            coney with everything Dec 16, 2013 05:15 AM

                            I noticed that Target pork AND beef both are injected with some flavorizer chemical brine thing. No thanks

                            The packaged/frozen stuff is OK, they almost always have 1% organic milk and prices are competitive. I don't go there just for groceries but I'll pick up stuff if I'm at the store for something else (Half madeleine/half brownie cookies!)

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