It's not your mother's supermarket anymore!
Time are changing and so are some supermarkets.
Phill Lempert, known as The Supermakert Guru, says a growing number of grocers across the country are serving up high-quality restaurants, world class bars, food education classes and more, right inside the store.
"Since the recession hit, less people are eating out, so this really created a new opportunity for supermarkets that really compete with restaurants. Typically, the foods are fresher and also less expensive," says Lempert.
You can sink your teeth into everything from vegan to sushi, pub grub to barbeque, even fancy desserts, depending upon the location.
"It's a whole different experience, which is much more community oriented, much more in the open, and much more fun," says Lempert.
And the specials are constantly rotating, giving supermarkets a unique edge. Take Whole Foods Market, where trained chefs prepare menus daily.
"When certain foods are in season, or we know that certain foods are becoming popular among shoppers, we can add those to our menus almost immediately because we have those items at our disposal," says Michael Sinatra with Whole Foods Market.
"When certain foods are in season, or we know that certain foods are becoming popular among shoppers, we can add those to our menus almost immediately because we have those items at our disposal."
Whole Foods is also one of many offering full-fledged pubs and wine bars, and they're packed from open to close.
"A lot of our stores are working with local musicians, or doing local poetry nights, or local art exhibits," says Sinatra.
Foodies are also "eating up" cooking and wellness classes and more.
"A lot of stores are putting in registered dieticians to help people figure out what they're eating, as well as helping to advise the store," says Lempert.
Some grocers also offer in-store tours on how to save money, or how to eat healthy. All of these options vary depending on the grocery chain, as well as where you live.
Lempert says some supermarkets will list these features on their web site, but your best bet is to visit the actual store.
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