There's been several threads derailed lately by some (myself included) talking about which chain does a good job and which do not. My feelings are clear that I'm a Market Basket supporter. Maybe it's because here on the Cape, Stop and Shop has had such a monopoly with only the horrendous Shaw's chain as competition. Before MB came to town, we had to put up with S&S ridiculous pricing, low quality, surly service (when you got any service at all) all with a "We could not care less" attitude. Although I must endure the crowds at MB, I enjoy over 40% savings, a wider selection, fresher quality, and service with a smile. An added bonus, there's no "scan your own order and bag it yourself" lines at MB. It does often boil down to price, where S&S is sometimes borderline criminal. Just one example is Boursin Cheese, $6.79 at S&S and $3.99 everyday at MB. How can they justify that kind of discrepancy? And it's throughout the store.
I'll always pay a premium and still patronize my local TJs for some specialty items, Roche Bros. for some of their prepared items, and my local independent grocery for their excellent butcher counter and my local fish monger for their great selection and quality. But the bulk of my shopping is MB. Even cheaper than BJs without the member fees and huge sizes.