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I was pleased to hear from a reader this morning on the subject of Wal-Mart Supercenters and grocery stores in general. The reader, Abby, asked whether a Wal-Mart Supercenter offers prices that are really that much lower than, say, a Trader Joe’s. Good question.

Unfortunately — at least for the purposes of this blog— there are no Wal-Mart Supercenters in San Diego County so I can’t research this very easily. The closest Wal-Mart Supercenter is 70 miles away in Hemet. I took a look at its weekly sales sheet online, but it doesn’t include food prices. So if you’re reading this blog from outside San Diego County maybe you can write in with your Wal-Mart Supercenter shopping experience. Of course, grocery prices vary regionally so it would be difficult to use the price of grapefruit in Virginia to extrapolate what a Wal-Mart Supercenter would charge us for the same grapefruit in San Diego. I’d guess we’d pay less here if only because we’re a citrus state.

If there are any voiceofsandiego.org readers in Hemet, maybe you could help us compare prices? How much do you pay for a pound of chicken, a pound of roma tomatoes and a gallon of milk at your Supercenter?

CATHERINE MacRAE HOCKMUTH

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