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Post by Snowth Poogle on Sun 18 Sep 2016 - 19:44

Kroger plays a big part in our community here, so in the spirit of the Slums, I thought I'd share a particularly famous (or perhaps, infamous) Kroger that's just down the road from where I live.

This is our Fellini Kroger, so called after Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, who apparently once made a movie about a surreal and strange store that attracted some unusual clientele, so people see a connection, hence why they call it Fellini Kroger (some also called it "Kroghetto," "Ghetto Kroger," and "The Weird Kroger").

Now granted, the neighborhood as a whole has seem some significant gentrifaction over the years since we've lived here, but this is still a Kroger that I generally like to try to avoid - I'd just as soon drive out to the neighboring community of Fountain City, where they have a newer, cleaner, safer Kroger with greater inventory.

But, I digress. Our Fellini Kroger has a lot of history, stories, and urban legends surrounding it, so again, in the spirit of the Slums, I invite you guys to visit Fellini Kroger! Well, not in person, mind you, but you can see some of the experiences others have shared online:
http://knoxify.com/livin-la-dolce-vita-a-visit-to-the-fellini-kroger/
http://www.knoxmercury.com/2016/03/17/lofty-view-north-broadway-kroger-earned-nickname/
https://noroomforhipsters.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/nearly-banned-by-the-fellini-kroger/

So infamous is our Fellini Kroger that it has its own social media pages:
https://www.facebook.com/FelliniKroger/
https://twitter.com/fellinikroger
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/254224908/

And even a meme!


Oh yeah, and a year before we moved into the neighborhood, there was a major flash flood one day (but then again, it flooded at our house too, but not as bad as this):


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Post by A Lotta Moms on Mon 19 Sep 2016 - 6:26

I'm honestly considering driving halfway across the country just for the sake of visiting this place. The Kroger Empire's likewise been a pretty constant force in my life, not always having had the privilege of a nearby Publix. It's funny because most Krogers these days are relatively upscale in comparison to, say, Walmart or Food Lion. Not quite Whole Foods, but a happy medium for those of us who can't always afford to pay $10 for a single stalk of asparagus suspended in a cheap plastic container full of lukewarm tap water. Our corner Kroger here is actually so nice and cozy, I sometimes go there just for the sake of wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles. By contrast, if I knew I'd run the chance of encountering the cast of Greaser's Palace every time I went grocery shopping, I'd practically live there.
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Post by Snowth Poogle on Tue 20 Sep 2016 - 2:29

We don't have Publix either, and in fact, the only time I've ever been to a Publix was whenever we vacationed down in Florida, which was only twice . . . but it's a nice chain, I'll say, lol.

And you're right, Kroger really has been going the way of really upping themselves, so much so to the point that we actually have "Super Kroger"s in my town now, where they practically are Walmarts in that they have furniture, electronics, reading areas. . . . never been to one, but dang. I know what you mean, I too miss the days of cozy little Krogers . . . Fellini Kroger is still a small Kroger in comparison to other Krogers, but they've been trying to modernize it within the last several months.

As for Whole Foods . . . who the hell can even afford to shop at that place besides crazy celebrities anyway? I mean, we actually do have a Whole Foods in my town, but it's out in the more ritzy part of town, where more and more of the city itself seems to be migrating to since that's where all the money is.

As for Food Lion - hell, that place went out of business years ago (here, anyway), but, heh, a local, off-brand joint moved into the old Food Lion building here that sat empty for nearly twenty years, and you know what? They didn't even bother trying to spruce the place up when they moved in . . . you know how I can tell? Let me demonstrate:

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Tue 20 Sep 2016 - 7:39

I've come to the conclusion that most people who shop at Whole Foods mainly just do it so they can say that they shop at Whole Foods.  The funny thing is that most of their products can be found at "lower status" competitors for half the price or less.  As I've always seen it, consciously paying more for something than you need to is less of a status symbol, and more of a dunce hat.

That said, I am legitimately impressed with some of Whole Foods' non-food product selections.  Their aromatherapy section, in particular, is easily the best in my area, outpacing even specialty shops like Aveda and Sephora in terms of variety and pricing (ironically).  The soft, hand-made granola bars are also pretty damn tasty...

 

...although they can be made very easily at home at a cost of about 20 cents per bar instead of the standard $6-8 you'd pay at the store.

And yeah...that's pretty typical of Food Lion produce.  We've actually got a few of them around my area, and like Fellini Kroger, they look like they haven't been upgraded or repaired since the early 90s.
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Post by Kerry9Story on Thu 22 Sep 2016 - 4:07

used work there. Crying or Very sad
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