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Five new grocery stores offer vastly different interpretations of what it means to be a supermarket.

Fresh Thyme

Location: 470 E. Pleasant St., Milwaukee
Owner: Midwestern chain
Square feet: 28,700
Cheapest boneless, skinless chicken breast: $1.57/lb
Cheapest gallon of 2-percent milk: $2.99
In a nutshell: A bright and airy take on the Whole Foods formula but with dramatically lower prices.

 

Metro Market

0916-Metro-Market_IMG_0188Location: 4075 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood
Owner: Roundy’s/Kroger Co.
Square feet: 90,000
Cheapest boneless, skinless chicken breast:  $4.79/lb
Cheapest gallon of 2-percent milk: $2.99
In a nutshell: A two-story mega-store brimming with popcorn, barbecue, alligator steaks and mountains more.

 

Photo courtesy of Whole Foods.

Photo courtesy of Whole Foods.

Whole Foods

Location: 11100 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa
Owner: National chain
Square feet: 47,500
Cheapest boneless, skinless chicken breast: $4.99/lb
Cheapest gallon of 2-percent milk: $3.99
In a nutshell: Still the nicest place to spend $20, I mean, $45. Just hide the receipt from your spouse.

 

 

 

 

Pete’s Fruit Market*

Photo by Engberg Anderson Architects.

Photo by Engberg Anderson Architects.

Location: North Ave. and Martin Luther King Dr.
Owner: Tsitiridis family
Square feet: 13,700
Cheapest boneless, skinless chicken breast: $1.99/lb.
Cheapest gallon of 2-percent milk: $4.39
In a nutshell: Pete’s existing South Side location is a marvel of cuteness and thrift. Expect the same from the new North Side location.

Sendik’s*

Photo courtesy of Sendik's Food Markets.

Photo courtesy of Sendik’s Food Markets.

Location: Miller Pkwy. and Mitchell St.
Owner: Balistreri family
Square feet: 42,000
Cheapest boneless, skinless chicken breast: $4.99/lb.
Cheapest gallon of 2-percent milk: $3.19
In a nutshell: Sendik’s locations have large bakeries and fit in cozily with their neighborhoods.

 

 

*Prices from existing location; all prices from June 23, 2016


“Pound for Pound” appears in the September, 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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