If you recently moved here or are visiting, you will notice the huge selection and variety of Raleigh grocery stores in the area. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the different options and chains, which can lead to many wasted trips and frustrating shopping. To help, this blog gives you the inside scoop on each different grocer, so you can save time and determine which store is best for you – whether you’re shopping for weekly groceries, hosting that big dinner party, or looking for that hard-to-find ingredient.
Here’s are some quick details to help you get familiar with Raleigh grocery stores.
Food Lion is one of the most prominent grocery chains in Raleigh – you can’t go far without seeing one. This budget-friendly option is tough to beat for a quick stop and those looking for the basics. Food Lion is comparable to Wal-Mart in both pricing and quality. No frills, decent bakery options, and a wide selection of most products make Food Lion a great option for many people in Raleigh.
Aldi and Lidl are popular European chains that are known for super low prices, great produce, and a fun Costco-like section of random products that changes weekly. Toys for the kids? A garden hose? Hiking backpacks? Never know what you’ll find but always ends up being something you need! Their in-house brands are inexpensive but the quality is comparable to name brands. We’re always returning for their version of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and great trail mixes. Just remember to bring your reusable bags or you’ll have to pay a little extra for paper or plastic bags.
Growing in popularity and locations across the Triangle, Publix is a great option for nearly everything and is famous for its great customer service. Their deli and meat departments are very high quality and are a great place to order a sandwich or pick up seafood for dinner. Publix offers many ready-made options and is a great place to shop if you entertain or host people regularly. Publix is also affordable and offers its own brand of many products, which offer competitive pricing and similar quality to more well-known brands.
Both on the higher end of pricing, Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods (not the home improvement chain) offer high-end and budget-friendly options and have a good international food section, large wine, and beer selection, as well as fresh produce and ready-made food. If you like a larger deli with custom-made-to-order options, Harris Teeter and Lowes have you covered. Both also carry many gluten-free and sugar-free selections throughout the store, which you can’t always find elsewhere. Both stores also offer curbside pickup.
Wegmans is by far the largest grocery store in the area. Hugely popular and new to the Raleigh area, Wegmans is a fun stop with an incredible selection of everything from ready-made meals, a sushi bar, a huge cheese selection, meat and charcuterie departments, and fresh seafood. All their sections are truly impressive, compared to what you normally see at grocery stores. They have a huge selection of hot food and buffet options as well, and in-store seating for dining, making this a good stop for lunch as well. Kids will enjoy the model train running overhead throughout the store. If you are looking for high-end cheeses, wines, and ready-made options, Wegmans is the best option for you in Raleigh. If you’re one to make grocery shopping a real fun activity on a weekend, Wegmans is the place to go. A new Wegmans location is opening in Wake Forest in Spring 2021!
Grand Asia Market
Raleigh also has great dim sum and Asian food in the Cary area, and the grocery stores reflect that. At Grand Asia Market, you can find many of your favorite Asian foods and cookware, along with an amazing frozen food section full of great dumplings, meals, and meats you won’t find anywhere else locally. They also offer a great hot foods section, complete with your boba tea and char siu pork. HMart and K-Market are also great options for those hard-to-find Asian cooking ingredients.
Whole Foods and Trader Joes
Mega popular options Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s also have locations in Raleigh. If you’re coming from another major US city, you’ll appreciate the familiarity of these popular chains. We all need a grocery store we know when we move into a new place. Thank goodness when we’re unpacking we can still munch on our Joe-Joes and favorite Whole Foods kombucha.
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