Our neighborhood does not have great grocery stores. One which is in walking distance has food delivered in unmarked scary looking box trucks; and while we do go to this grocery store to buy some specialty items we don't do the bulk of our shopping there. We also go to this grocery store to watch the frogs and turtles and fish swim around in the big tanks that make up the seafood section. We don't buy meat here. I don't like the way the meat looks and I don't like that the butcher's apron is dirty from him moving boxes in and out of the store.
There is another market that is a drive away. This store is great for European items as it used to be an Italian import store. The still make their own butter, some cheeses, and tons of pasta on site. In the summer there is a plenitude of garden fresh tomatoes from the store owner's own backyard, and you can buy homemade sauce as well. The rest of the year the produce section is severely lacking, and the meat section is ok, but expensive for what we eat. The store still caters mainly to an older Italian clientele, who as far as I can tell eat only thin sliced chicken cutlets, the occasional steak and lots of sausages. Plus there is no parking lot.
And then there is what Joe calls "the fruit store". This is where we go to get our produce. Which again is hit or miss. Plus the store is always insanely crowded (unless you go right after sundown on friday evenings, but then the place is picked over).
And Costco. Can't forget Costco. What do we buy at Costco? Juiceboxes, animal crackers, sometimes meat if it looks nice, pretzels. Basically the snacks of toddlerhood. And baking supplies!