Grocery Stores1 are a critical element in most of our lives, the first place many head when a storm is going to hit the next day. We are fortunate in the Buffalo area to have high quality, bargain, and specialty grocers to choose from. We have concerns about loss of grocers in some neighborhoods and concerns about "super stores" driving smaller grocers out of business. Sometimes we forget the outcome of our "voting" with our feet or with our pocketbooks.

When most people think about grocery shopping in Western NY, they immediately think Wegmans, however, Buffalo has lots of choices, including chains, family run stores, organic, ethnic and everything in-between. In any case, we can also take pride in our neighbor Rochester-based Wegmans being so successful in winning Employee Ratings Awards, successful in expanding outside of our area into other states, and moving to the second largest employer in our area in 2006. 2

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1. Adapted from RocWiki Grocery Stores
2. See Wegmans and Wegmans/Talk for more details and discussions.
3. As of Sep, 2008 per TOPS website,Wikipedia and other sources - see Tops