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Old Mar 1st 2018, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by Oink
I worked for one of the big US soda beverage companies at their head office back in the early 00s and in every little break room or alcove they had big fridges full of all their brands/products and we could help ourselves throughout the day for free although we couldn't take any home. Unfortunately, I only drank water. In hindsight, it seems such a wasted opportunity.
I'd say good restraint!
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We stopped going to No Frills. The insanity of that store isn't worth it....

It's always crowded, store is small which makes it even worse, they never have sufficient check outs open and not self check out so forced to stand 10-15 mins in one of the 2 or 3 lines they do have open.

And they sell way too much processed boxed foods and not enough other foods.

Back to Save On with an overall nice shopping experience...
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I agree with on all counts. We use Save On on Cambie, it has the benefit of a liquor store across the street and EB Games around the corner.
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Hi we are moving over in the summer and after reading posts on here about the cost of cheese, myself and my husband decided to do a quick search on Wal-Mart for cheese. We could not find any cheese (proper cheese like cheddar) only powdered or in a can "cheese whizz"? As a couple of cheese loving northerners we cannot believe there is no proper cheese in Canada. Do you need to go to some type of deli etc for cheese? Many thanks.
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Originally Posted by Lichisadave
Hi we are moving over in the summer and after reading posts on here about the cost of cheese, myself and my husband decided to do a quick search on Wal-Mart for cheese. We could not find any cheese (proper cheese like cheddar) only powdered or in a can "cheese whizz"? As a couple of cheese loving northerners we cannot believe there is no proper cheese in Canada. Do you need to go to some type of deli etc for cheese? Many thanks.
Walmart have cheese, albeit not that great.

The other grocery stores also stock many different types of cheeses, though if you want really good ones you can visit a specialty cheese store.

Example:

https://www.fortinos.ca/Food/Deli-%2...TN001002002000
https://www.fortinos.ca/Food/Dairy-a...TN001005007000


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Originally Posted by Lichisadave
...quick search on Wal-Mart for cheese....
The online store doesn't have fresh stuff, especially that which is stored in fridges and freezers.
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Originally Posted by Lichisadave
Hi we are moving over in the summer and after reading posts on here about the cost of cheese, myself and my husband decided to do a quick search on Wal-Mart for cheese. We could not find any cheese (proper cheese like cheddar) only powdered or in a can "cheese whizz"? As a couple of cheese loving northerners we cannot believe there is no proper cheese in Canada. Do you need to go to some type of deli etc for cheese? Many thanks.
The main supermarkets in Canada all sell a good variety of cheeses. As someone else pointed out there are also cheese specialty shops in the major centres. There are cheesmakers producing good quality cheddar cheeses.
But, compared to the UK cheese is expensive. You have to learn to live with it or wean yourself off it.
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Hi thanks for the replies, looks like we will have to make cheese a luxury item in the shopping basket. A small price to pay for a new life in Canada. Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by Lichisadave
Hi thanks for the replies, looks like we will have to make cheese a luxury item in the shopping basket. A small price to pay for a new life in Canada. Thanks again.
Offset it with the cheaper beef, water melon and corn
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We stopped going to No Frills. The insanity of that store isn't worth it....

It's always crowded, store is small which makes it even worse, they never have sufficient check outs open and not self check out so forced to stand 10-15 mins in one of the 2 or 3 lines they do have open.

And they sell way too much processed boxed foods and not enough other foods.

Back to Save On with an overall nice shopping experience...
No Frills.

The clue is in the name.

It's part of Loblaws and the whole point is to be cheap (deep discount).

Save On is no different, except that it's owned by Jim Pattison and not the Weston family.
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No Frills. The clue is in the name. It's part of Loblaws and the whole point is to be cheap (deep discount)
I assume they sell "No Name" but do they also sell PC brand/Blue Menu etc?

It sounds a bit like Kwik Save which was just about the most unpleasant place in the UK to shop some time ago.
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I assume they sell "No Name" but do they also sell PC brand/Blue Menu etc?

It sounds a bit like Kwik Save which was just about the most unpleasant place in the UK to shop some time ago.
I presume so. It's called Maxi here in QC. It sells PC stuff.

For everyday shopping (staples), there is little difference between a Loblaws and a Maxi, apart from a large difference in price.

For snazzier stuff, like marinated yak nipples, you go a flagship store.
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Originally Posted by Souvy
No Frills.

The clue is in the name.

It's part of Loblaws and the whole point is to be cheap (deep discount).

Save On is no different, except that it's owned by Jim Pattison and not the Weston family.
I agree with both you and J Smith. The No Frill stores are usually scruffy unpleasant places with the dirt polished into the floor yet there's one in Brighton that's light, clean, airy. It has a pharmacy and sells household stuff. Go figure how they can do it yet others can't.
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Originally Posted by Souvy
I presume so. It's called Maxi here in QC. It sells PC stuff.
I remember Maxi in Longueuil. A bit scruffy and I never made an association with Loblaws which was definitely the posh supermarket there.
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Originally Posted by bats
...there's one in Brighton that's light, clean, airy. It has a pharmacy and sells household stuff. Go figure how they can do it yet others can't.
Of the Sobeys stores here, there's quite a difference between the best and the others. The funny thing is the people behind the cake/bakery counter in the best are really unhelpful while those on cakery in the worst one are very good.
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