Last night I went to the new Shop-Rite just south of the Christina River (Rte. 13) and I must say I am quite impressed. It is by far the best overall supermarket in the area, which granted is not saying a huge amount, but still enough for me to make it my first-choice store. The place is gigantic and spacious, with a very good produce section and an even better-supplied and very large meat section. In a happy suprise, the cheese options were much better than a standard supermarket, with lots of imported cheeses and a good spread of higher-class domestic options (Maytag blue cheese plus about 10 other kinds of blue cheese, for instance). There is an in-house bakery that makes some very nice artisanal-style breads. The Hispanic foods section was very well supplied, almost the entire length of an aisle with all sorts of good things, plus a decent spread of Hispanic dairy products.
Weak spots were the fish counter (no better than Pathmark) and the kosher section (distinctly worse than many other stores around, almost nothing there--where are the Manischewitz products??) I didn't go down the Asian foods aisle so cannot comment on that, but I suspect it is not great given the location and the fact that no mainstream store around would bother trying to compete with the Asian supermarkets in Elsmere and Newark.
Basically, this store is the one place in Wilmington that actually stocks everything I want to buy. I am thrilled that I no longer have to set foot in Janssen's to buy aged Gouda for my macaroni and cheese recipe (Shop-Rite had it!). I no longer have to make a side trip to buy good fresh bread, or Greek yogurt, or okra that isn't all old and speckled, etc. Yay! I hope everyone does patronize this store so that the product choices stay as good as they are now.
A big thank you to the Kenny family for no longer making me drive all the way up 202 to your other store in order to reach a really good supermarket!
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