Milwaukee’s Grand Grocery Store Face-off

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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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.