More residents across Marion County recently wrote in to share their thoughts on the grocery shopping options in Ocala/Marion County.
“Ever since they catered to On Top of the World and moved the V.A. to the rich side of the city, we (the lowly poor) have to go through the worst traffic in the city, a.k.a. Highway 200. It takes over 30 minutes to get there if you’re lucky and hit all green lights. We don’t have a decent box store on the northeast side of Ocala like Sam’s Club or Costco. I thought that declaring Silver Springs as a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) meant redevelopment for that area. What happened to that?” says Ocala resident Ronald Guillory.
“I am new to this part of Florida. I was born and raised in Sarasota. I do greatly miss Detwiler’s (local produce, meat, and bakery) and how much easier it was to go to different club shopping stores (Sam’s Club, BJ’s, and Costco). The Sam’s Club here in Ocala is so congested with trying to get in the parking lot. Most shopping is all bunched up together on 200. I wonder: why did they bunch it all up in one area? I live around 20 miles north of 200 and would love more shopping a little closer, as even Publix is approximately 8 miles away,” says Michelle Dryja, Anthony resident.
“I have a Sam’s Club account and a Costco card. I recently got a BJ’s card, but after going to the new BJ’s in The Villages, I found out the same stuff in BJ’s was more expensive than Sam’s Club. Costco is always cheaper than Sam’s Club and offers more product for the buck, which is why this area needs Costco to make products more affordable,” says Ocala resident Lloyd Sparrow.
“I read the story about current grocery stores and wishing to get new stores. In my opinion, if Kroger would come into the area, I truly think they would have customers in their stores immediately. That’s because we, almost all of us, had the pleasure of having Kroger where we came from. Plus, Kroger stores are a little bigger, have more choices, and in my option are a lot more stocked. Also, with their gas stations attached to the stores, you get a discount on your fuel. I don’t know why Kroger hasn’t built a few stores here yet, but I think they are testing the market here,” says Skip Sattler, Summerfield resident.
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