As a Bilo, this store is not bad. Produce is fresh, shelves are generally well stocked though they do run out of popular items that are on sale. Sale items are wel marked and in general the cashiers are quick, friendly, and accurate. They have enough cashiers that there are seldom more thn 3 in line, and checkout is fast, though you often end up helping bag your grocieries for the sake of speed. There are seldom pricing glitches at the register. Their sales can be great if you know your pricing and shop wisely. I check the paper and only buy the best deas here; usually your non-food tiems should be purchased elsewhere for the best prices. BOGO store brand items are a great buy, as are some sales on meats and frozen foods. Make sure you know if there are limits, sometimes they still do this on the best deals and you may never realize you overpaid. You should ALWAYS scan the receipt before leaving the store, though. My issue is with BiLo in general. Often their prices are so high that even BOGO is not a good deal. BOGO Oscar Meyer bologna at $4.49 is not a deal when SaveALot and Walmart have it at $2 all the time. I still haven't verified that they jack some prices for sales, but I suspect it. The Ful Perks program can be a huge rip-off if you take it at face value. DO NOT buy products you wouldn't normally buy just for FP, or if it's not a deal. Spending $6 on something you don't generally buy, to save an extra $3 on a fill-up isn't a savings. I ignore it when shopping, since anything not on sale can usually be bought more cheaply elsewhere, offsetting the FP. I do use the points on a fill-up when they accumulate. That brings up another point; the cost of gas is usually higher at stations that take the FP. Use them only if they bring the price lower than you can find elsewhere, and don't blow them on a $10 purchase - fill up.. You spend too much to get them, then the gas price is higher where you use them, and you can only use them once. No savings there. In short, make a list from the sale flyer and only get the best buys. Use coupons only if you use the product normally, and ignore Fuel Perks when shopping.
If you are looking for great prices, shop here. Eckrich bologna and franks $1 each on sale, for starters. Tomatoes $1 per lb on sale, too. Yes, they have many off brands, but who cares? If you gotta have Kleenex, Lay's, Sunbeam, and Green Giant, go to Publix and pay the price. If you need to feed your family on almost no budget, shop here. I can save 25% to 50% overall on my trip, so I'm driving the six miles to shop here. They had a lot of $1 specials, and canned beans were on sale (good fiber source and we like them) so I tried a lot of new brands. The beans were great alone and in cihili, as were the tomatoes, fresh and canned. Frozen turkey chubs were also $1 per lb, great in most anything if mixed with half beef. The frozen vegs were $1 per lb package, and tasted great. The nly thing I bought that was not good: their brand of bagels. - dull and dry. I used them in sandwich melts but stil not good. I especially wanted to mention their yogurt; it's an off brand (Coburn) but SOOO good. It's very thick with big chunks of fruit and unlike any other I've tried locally. AND it's 39 cents each! The selection is limited so shop here first and be prepared to go elsewhere for some things. I make my lists by store sales; here first, Bilo (sale stuff only and even then watch the prices - BOGO bologna at $4.49 each is still not a deal if WalMart has it for $2); then Walmart for anything I gotta have that these 2 don't have good prices on. Don't have time in your busy busy busy day for all this shopping? Then you are gainfully employed (lucky you!) and don't really need to save the way the rest of us do. Really, give them a try, and Aldi as well.
These folks posting negative reviews are focusing on the wrong thing. When I leave Hamricks I have quality, name brand, fashion forward clothing at a fraction of the cost. Great selection, great prices. large selection to select from. I'll put up with minor inconveniences for a few minutes (I personally have not found a crowded situation as described by one poster) for the prices and the quality I find there. BTW, my 26 year old daughter loves the place.