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Best of Monroe: Grocery Stores

Monroe has Stop & Shop and Big Y on Monroe Turnpike.

The selection, prices, cleanliness and layout are several of the factors customers consider when choosing a grocery store to frequent — and others prefer to shop around, going to where the best sales are on a given week.

Monroe has and supermarkets along Monroe Turnpike. Which one do you go to most?

Participate in our weekly poll and see how both grocery stores stack up when the final results are revealed at noon on Friday.

I am paying attention February 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I like the "health tags" that Big Y puts up to show what products are more nutritious than others.
jim laguardia February 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
i go out of town to the sandhill Stop and Shop. The set up is a lot easier.
Christine E. February 27, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I go to Sandhill Stop and Shop because it's more convenient to my house than both the Monroe Stop and Shop and the Big Y.
QWERTY February 27, 2012 at 09:32 PM
SnS usually has better prices. Big Y tends to offer better prices in bulk. Yeah, 3-for-1 ice cream is a great deal, but I don't need 3 cartons of ice cream!
Stephanie G February 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I haven't done a price comparison myself, but I was recently told (by more than one person, no less) that the prices at the Monroe S&S are higher than the S&S in Trumbull (which, in turn, is more expensive than the one further down 111 in Bridgeport).
monroe taxpayer February 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM
II also like S&S in Newtown. . S&S prices vary according to zip code, so if you make a trip to the valley or other area's prices may be slightly better on some items. I watch for deals and will shop anywhere.
Dawn February 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM
For a few items, Stop and Shop. I do my weekly shopping at Shoprite in Shelton.
Christine E. February 28, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Yep, they price their items according to their local market area. I like the Monroe S&S, it's not bad, I just can't stand driving to the other side of town when I can take back roads to Newtown much faster and without traffic :)
bettyhyatt February 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM
You can also look up your local grocery store or online website Printapons and find a list of the best deals, and the sites will match sale items with coupons.
Mary Poppins February 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I don't like Big Y..I think their prices tend to be high. Monroe Stop and Shop is small and their prices are higher than Newtown, Trumbull and Bridgeport. I used to go to Newtown Stop and Shop, but Shelton Shop Rite has been store of choice lately. Stop and Shop ads haven't been as good as Shop Rite, and Shop Rite has better produce and meat (and is cheaper!)
Sue_W February 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I do most of my shopping at Stew Leonard's in Danbury, or BJ's in Derby. For fill-in items, I shop at Big Y. I find the Monroe S&S to have a bad, rotten produce smell, and that is a BIG turnoff when walking into the store.
Donna Gail February 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Big Y's produce is so much better than Stop & Shop's, and the bakery is also much better, and the atmosphere is nicer. However, the aisles are crowded at Big Y, there is less selection, and there is no more self-scan checkout. Stop & Shop has overall better prices, in my opinion. So I end up going to both -
monroe taxpayer February 29, 2012 at 05:56 AM
I think the smartest approach is to go from store to store and purchase what is on sale and usually use. As long as you don't waste your saving in gas. Printing coupons is also a good way to save. I have to say that Big Y fresh seafood is better then S&S. I have not seen it recently but I would highly recommend the small fresh pink Maine Shrimp. Several years back someone came in and bought there entire stock.! Shop Rite in the valley does have better prices then our local stores and their S&S and BJ's is right around the corner. If you make the trip I would also suggest BJ's Gas the prices are better but there is always a line.

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