Monroe Patch visitors chose as their supermarket of choice by a wide margin — 44 percent compared to 18 percent for — in this week's .
One comment favoring Big Y was, "I like the 'health tags' that Big Y puts up to show what products are more nutritious than others."
Twenty-four percent shop at both regularly, including Donna Gail, who wrote: "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."
Big Y and Stop & Shop are both on Route 111. Many people who live on the Stepney side of town shop in other towns for the convenience at places like the Stop & Shop at Sand Hill Plaza in Newtown. Fourteen percent of respondants say they do their grocery shopping outside Monroe's borders.
One hundred readers responded to the poll and the story garnered 13 comments.