Back when we lived in Illinois there was no hiding my love of Wal-Mart and when they opened a new Supercenter in Woodstock I’d find reasons to stop by to “pick up a few things” multiple times a week.
When we moved to Memphis I just assumed all Wal-Mart’s were created equal. But like the old saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone,” and, unfortunately, that’s the case now.
Initially I was excited to see a Supercenter was on my way to work and couldn’t wait to swing by to check it out. I contained myself and waited for Tammy to go with me because I knew we needed to do some REAL grocery shopping.
Looking back I can see that the signs were all there during our first visit, but I just chalked it up it to being a Saturday and us buying a lot of food.
The shelves weren’t stocked properly and there seemed to only be five lines open, each with a minimum of 8-10 people waiting to check out.
I didn’t think much about it until I went back a month or so later in my quest to taste all of the new Lay’s potato chip flavors.
I don’t remember what night it was, only that it was around 6 p.m. on a weekday. Once again the shelves weren’t stocked properly and the lines were so long that they nearly reached the clothing sections.
I never saw lines like that in Woodstock because they were always so quick to open new registers to keep the flow moving.
I texted Tammy to complain about the lines and it was 22 minutes later before I was walking out of the store. I should have just put the chips down and walked out and I would have if I hadn’t wanted those chips so damn bad.
So again, I wrote it off thinking my anger was misplaced. It was Lay’s fault for not making those chips more easily accessible. After all, I had lost count of how many stores we had been to in order to try to find those chips.
I think I had been inside that Wal-Mart a total of FOUR times in NINE months, a far cry from when I was going so much that Tammy thought I was having an affair with someone at Wal-Mart.
Recently I braved Wal-Mart once again because I needed some deodorant and turkey sausage (don’t judge). I figured it’d be cheaper to get it there than at Kroger or Walgreens. While Target would have had the deodorant they didn’t carry the sausage I was needing.
Once again I found myself noticing the same things, shelves not stocked and incredibly long lines.
I’ve pretty much decided that it’s worth the extra 50-75 cents to get my deodorant somewhere else, either that or I’ll start wearing the kinds that Costco offers.
There’s a lot of things that I do NOT miss about the Chicagoland, the cold and snow being at the top. But on my list of things I DO miss, my Supercenter would definitely be in the Top
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