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Feb 26, 2012 06:31 AM

Moving to Charlotte and would like some shopping help

I've done my reading on the site and a bit of googling, but I'd still like to ask for advice. I will be living close to South Park and not to far from Pineville.

Where I live now, I have 4 Chinese grocery stores within 1/2 mile of my home. I have a local grocery store with really inexpensive produce and well priced meat. And they can actually butcher and order things for you. During the summer and fall, there is a farmers' market I can go to right around the corner.

I would love to know if there are similar places close to where I will live. The Man only knows how to shop at Harris Teeter and has no clue what else is available. He actually pays $3 for 2 green peppers and that makes me nuts! Would also love a suggestion for great seafood.

Thank you!

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  1. Where you'll be living, you should have several decent options not too far away. Earthfare, a grocery store selling organic products, is in the SouthPark area (Whole Foods will soon be there as well). On South Boulevard, not too far from Pineville or from the South Park area, are numerous ethnic grocery stores, mainly Asian and Latin American. There is also a fairly large farmer's market not far from that location ( I'm blanking on the name of it, but I'm sure somewhere here can give it to you), and there are numerous other small farmer's markets around.

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    1. re: ickymettle

      Also near the South Park area, there is Reid's, which specializes in gourmet foods and has a great butcher. There is a Fresh Market. There is Clean Catch, a high-end seafood store. And there is New York Butcher Shoppe.

      1. re: ickymettle

        Thank you for the many suggestions, icky. I asked The Man about your tips and he knows the South Blvd. area stores you suggested. It sounds like a great resource for me. The farmers' market you mentioned jogged his memory because his neighbors shop there often, so I'll find it.

        I could hear his eyes roll back when I mentioned Reid's, Earthfare, and New York Butcher. Clearly, those are high end spots but good to know for special occaisions!

    2. My preferred Asian Grocery store is Grand Asia out in Stallings. It's a bit of a hike from Pineville, but well worth the adventure. PePeRo and Super G Mart are also good.

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      1. re: Nocturnalbill

        Thank you, Bill. I asked The Man how far Stallings is and I'd happily do the drive. Great suggestion.

      2. Not sure where you're moving from, but it sounds like its going to be very difficult to replicate your food buying experience in Charlotte, especially if you stay close to where you live.

        If you think Harris Teeter is expensive, you'll pass out if you go to Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earthfare, Reids or Clean Catch. (New York Butcher is closed). Reids and Clean Catch have very nice stuff, but it ain't inexpensive.

        If you're willing to go Uptown, there is a new market called 7th Street Public Market (in the old Reids space). Its a combination farmers market, butcher, seafood counter, deli and bakery. Worth checking out. Other farmers markets include the large state-run farmers market near the airport and Atherton market, on South Boulevard in the Southend neighborhood. Its open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. There is also a great new spice store in the Atherton complex.

        Super G, on Independence Boulevard is great, definitely check it out. Compare Foods has very good produce prices, there are several around. Its a large hispanic oriented store.

        Don't know if you're familar with Trader Joes, but Charlotte has 3 locations and I love them! Definitely the best place to buy wine.

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        1. re: carolinadawg

          Thanks, Dawg, this is especially helpful. I live in the close-in suburbs of Washington, DC and am familiar with WF, TJ's, etc. I like the prices, especially the dairy items, at TJ's. A Fresh Market just opened close by, but it is not what I'm looking for for my daily shopping. I'm fortunate to have a local grocery store with low produce prices and good meat prices and that's what I'm hoping to find.

          It sounds like Super G and Compare Foods might be what I'm looking for. I will check them out as soon as I arrive. Thank you!

          1. re: Terrie H.

            I live about 3 miles east of Southpark. Given that you stated you will be not-too-far from Pineville indicates you will be south/southwest of the mall area. There are not any large, inexpensive places to shop near you. However, there are several ethnic markets along South Blvd that you might enjoy exploring. There is also the Bombay Bazaar market that may have some interesting ingredients.

            Depending on where you will be living, you may want to check out the Regional Farmer's Market on Yorkmont. You can find both local and "imported" produce and is a huge hit with the Asian community. Beginning April 6, the King's Market on Kings Road not far from the main hospital will reopen. You can get inexpensive produce, though much of it is from elsewhere.

            On Eastway Drive, about 5 miles from Southpark., there is the Atlantic Farmer's Market - a misnomer because the place is really just a large grocery store that has a wide variety of Mexican and Asian goods and inexpensive produce (think 10 limes for $1, 3 avocados for $5, etc).

            Asian Corner Mall would be a bit of a trek (about 8 miles) and the parking lot is one giant pot hole, but there are two Asian grocers, the best banh mi shop in Charlotte, a guy who sells Peking duck and a super kitchen supply store.

            Have fun - I love moving to new cities and exploring where to eat and shop.

            I second the vote for Super G - they have a great selection of Asian produce. Stallings would be a haul, but it could be fun to make a trip

            1. re: hazardnc

              Thank you for your input. While Stallings might be "a haul" down there, it takes 35 minutes to go 7.5 miles in the morning rush hour here, so a good store will be worth the drive.

              1. re: hazardnc

                I think I will be living very close to you. Where Sharon turns into Quail Hollow Rd. You all have been a huge help. Thank you!

              2. re: Terrie H.

                I second the recommendation for Compare foods but for the produce only. Many of the grocery items are not a bargain except for some Mexican products like masa, tortillas, dried chilis and hot sauces. "American" products can be more expensive than Lowe's or even Harris Teeter!

                1. re: HungryDonkey

                  I look forward to giving Compare a try. Thank you!

                  1. re: Terrie H.

                    You've gotten some great recs already. The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market out Yorkmont has very reasonably-priced produce and farm-fresh meats, eggs, etc. on the weekends. It's huge and open year-round. There are many other smaller farmers markets scattered all throughout the Charlotte area. The Atherton market, as Carolinadawg suggested, is pretty close to you.

                    There are cheaper grocery store chains too. Harris Teeter isn't your only choice. Food Lion and Lowe's foods can be found around town and there are a few Aldi grocery stores too.

                    The Super G international market on Indpendence is AWESOME! It's one stop shopping for inexpensive produce, seafood and all the international groceries you can possibly imagine. It's huge!

                    Welcome to Charlotte, Terrie!

                    1. re: lynnlato

                      Thank you, Lynn. I'm really glad to see so many possibilities and think the transition might not be as painful as I feared! He's not a shopper, but sure is a good eater so everyone's suggestions will be so helpful.

                      Now if you all can only get me a job when I arrive! ;))

                      1. re: lynnlato

                        Hey LL - I just schlepped over to Super G. I got my kimchi issues resolved (which means that tonight my husband will come home and say, "What's that smell?") but I could not find those soup dumplings. I went up and down the frozen aisles two or three times. I asked two people who came by and they didn't know what I was talking about. I think word got out pretty quickly to avoid the crazy white lady in Aisle 6. So I gave up. Can you tell me what color your package is and what it's called exactly? I WILL find them.

                        1. re: southernitalian

                          Since you have "Italian" in your handle, I'm wondering if you can recommend an Italian market in Charlotte. TY!

                          1. re: Terrie H.

                            I'm not italian, but Pasta and Provisions on providence Road is very nice, and is close to where you'll be living.

                          2. re: southernitalian

                            SI, they are a red bag w/ blue and green lettering and a photo of little soup dumplings. But they are called "Mini Soupy Pork Bun" and they say pork filling in dough flavored in oyster flavored sauce (hahaha). There are 26 to a small 24 oz bag.

                            Terrie, +2 for Pasta & Provisions.It's a great locally-owned Italian market. They have all sorts of specialty items, prepared foods and they make their own pasta, breads and sauces. I know that HungryDonkey raves about Ferrucci's Italian Market up in Cornelius. They sell specialty cuts of meats and cheeses too.

                            1. re: lynnlato

                              Thank you CD and Lynn -- A place for fresh, house-made mozzerella used to be around the corner but closed several years ago and it will be great to have a place like that again. I asked him if he had heard of Pasta & Provisions and he seems to remember sandwiches being conveyed on a sort of zip line affair. Not sure if he and you are talking about the same place though.

                                1. re: lynnlato

                                  Perfect. Thanks again to you all (or should that be y'all?!).