Fun, convenient, and inexpensive - and there are always interesting options to mix up the menu, like fresh figs. RTE foods are hit and miss, as are the frozen dinners - the Mandarin Chicken is good for meat-eaters, and as a vegetarian I can usually find healthy options for myself. Their produce section is much-maligned for not being fresh, but I have always gotten fresh produce there - the potatoes tend to sprout pretty quickly if not used, but I think that might have to do with them not being sprayed? In general, I love going to this store - you just hit a bad dish every once in a while. Oh, and the cookie butter is just like any other speculoos spread - biscoff at Winco is the same exact thing.
Excellent Bakery, Good Prices: Paul's has the best bakery goods and is one of the few made from scratch bakeries around. I disagree totally with luvfood3 about the prices at Paul's. They may not be Walmart but they price their groceries by far more reasonably then Albertsons or Fred Meyers and if you are a regular shopper, use your Paul's card, use the points built up on it, you save every week on many deals. Their customer service is great, as is the deli, fresh produce and homemade products like cream cheese, pot pies, bread and so much more. There is also a post office inside Paul's which is always an extra convenience. I think it is a great family friendly place to shop.
This Albertson's is by far the best one in the Boise area. Kay is a top notch cashier and is loved by all. Sandy is a great cashier. The other cashiers are always good too. The pharmacy is phenomenal. Gordon, Shelly, Dina, Vanessa and all the other pharmacy people are knowledgeable and very helpful. Everyone from produce to meat counter to grocery are so helpful and friendly. The growler station run by Tyler and his cohorts is a great place to to try great beer and be treated as if you are the most important person in front of them. Great people at the South Federal Way Columbia Village Albertson's in Boise!!!