I have recently discovered the Tacoma location, and I have to say that I am very impressed. This is not what I expected the store to be, and that is a good thing! The staff is very friendly, the customers (for the most part) are clean and not at all 'ghetto' looking, and the prices are pretty amazing. Yes, some of the 'deals' are not such a good deal after all, but for the most part there are very real savings. I cut my weekly grocery bill from an average of $150 a week down to $72 on the first week. I recommend the fresh produce, although some of it is clearly at the tail end of it's freshness. You just don't buy it if it is not going to be eaten in the next few days. I don't buy the toiletries for the most part, unless I find a name brand. The frozen and canned foods are very affordable. Milk, eggs, butter, cereals, and bread, which have all skyrocketed in price at the chain supermarkets, are all very low priced here, too. True, the selection here is not what it is elsewhere, and you are never sure if you will find what you are looking for; but in those cases you just visit the more expensive stores for what Grocery Outlet does not have.
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For grocery shopping in Tacoma there is only one place I prefer to go shop and it has nothing to do with the price or location of the store. Parking might be tight and I may have to pass two other stores from my house to get there, but because of the quality of service this store puts out I would not go anywhere else. The family feeling that the staff has just makes you feel more involved with the community. When the snow fell last week, I got to witness the owner out in the parking lot shoveling snow himself. I wish more store operated with the care and passion that Stadium Thriftway does.
This QFC is located in the Browns Point area just outside Federal Way, in a shopping area along with a few smaller stores like Blockbuster Video. There's plenty of parking and the store is small enough to be convenient to run in to for a few items, but large enough to carry a good variety. I prefer it to many other stores, though for larger grocery runs I'll often go to Fred Meyer instead because QFC is a bit more expensive (why, I don't know, since they're both owned by Kroger). The produce section is outstanding, and they also offer a deli, lots of baked goods, are single-serve salads.