The No. 1 Factor in Picking a Grocery Store

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 


People pick their grocery stores for a variety of reasons, including price, selection and quality. But the No. 1 deciding factor in our region? Proximity. And allegiance is scant. Seventy-seven percent of respondents to a survey by In&Out Magazine and North Phoenix News said they’d switch if their favorite store moved in. The faves: Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and Whole Foods.



With 179 shoppers responding, Walmart shoppers overwhelmingly chose price as the reason they shop there. Those who shop at Costco do so mostly for price and quality. Service was the least-common reason cited as a deciding factor.

A handful of people—8 percent—leave the area to do most of their grocery shopping, at either Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Winco or a combination of these.

“Sprouts offers the very best selection of produce and naturally raised meats and fish,” said Norterra resident Gina Johns, who shops there regularly.

Others make a periodic trek south to supplement their local shopping. “Fry’s is fine but I still drive to Trader Joe’s once every two weeks,” said Amber Hills resident Meghan Thoele.

Michael Scheuring shops in Anthem but spreads his dollars around: “Staples & fruit: Walmart,” he said. “Specialties: Fry’s. Meat and last-minute stuff: Safeway.”

Grocery stores pick new locations based on a variety of factors, including population density, building availability, parking spots, access and even volume of customer demand.

“Being wanted matters to us,” Trader Joe’s says on its website. For now, neither Sprouts, Trader Joe’s nor Whole Foods has announced any plans to open up in the area, and none replied to our requests for comments.

One potential attractor: A long-planned urban core on the east side of I-17 between Dove Valley Road and Sonoran Desert Drive. For now, only the W.L. Gore Company sits within this North Gateway Village Core, as it’s called. But as reported May 14, a planned sports facility with two ice rinks and a hotel could be completed by late 2020. That’s just the sort of development that could lead to luring the likes of Postinos, Trader Joe’s or Target into the area, said Julie Read, a North Gateway Village Planning Committee board member.

Nicola Bauman, an Anthem resident, issued this plea to her fellow shoppers who’d like more choices: “Please reach out to Sprouts and Trader Joe’s via their websites to request a store near our zip code,” Bauman said.

Shoppers can express their desires here:


Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

For more local businesses, see In&Out Magazine Classifed Ads >>>  
 
Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
Robert Roy Britt on Email

Robert Roy Britt

NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

npneditor has 531 posts and counting.See all posts by npneditor