Walmart takes the crown in Week 2 of the Grocery Hunt

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Hello! Welcome to Week Two of the Grocery Hunt, Manchester Ink Link’s guide to Manchester-area grocery stores.

Over the weekend, we asked our readers to give us five specific grocery items and five separate Manchester-area grocery stores so we could find the prices and availability of those items.

This week we’re also kicking off what we hope will be a year-long tally looking at prices and availability in general throughout the Manchester area’s grocery stores. The rules for that contest are simple: in regard to pricing, if the store had the best price on that item and all five stores had the item, they get five points. Second place gets four points and so on, with stores not having the item in stock getting zero points; in regard to availability, if they have the item in stock they get a point. We’ll add up both categories after the last week of December.

Before we begin, here are some caveats.

  • All prices were checked on Thursday, Jan. 14 from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices and item availability may change without notice.
  • Items may have been available during the aforementioned time but could not be found. Within this column, all efforts available to an ordinary grocery shopper were made to find the item. If you see an error here, please e-mail a picture of the item and the price tag to andy@manchesterinklink.com
  • Unless asked for a specifically-sized item by a reader, situations where stores have different amounts of the exact same item will be compared by weight or volume. If stores have multiple sizes of that item, the average cost per weight or volume will be used. Averaged prices are rounded to nearest hundredth of a cent.

Hannaford won on almonds this week. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

Blue Diamond Brand Whole Almonds

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $0.42/oz. ($10.49, 25 oz., $6.99, 16 oz.)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $0.44/oz. ($11.68, 30 oz. and $6.98, 14 oz.)

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $0.49/oz. ($7.99, 16 oz.)

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – $0.56/oz. ($8.99, 16 oz.)

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – n/a


Shaw’s has a sale on hamburger meat right now. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

Hamburger meat 90% Lean (Store Brand)

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – $2.97/lb.

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $4.61/lb.

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $6.49/lb.

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – n/a (93% available at 3.69/lb.)

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – n/a (93% available at 4.59/lb.)


Choosy moms chose Walmart this week for 40 oz. Jif bottles. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

Jif Creamy Peanut Butter (40 oz.)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $5.64

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $5.69

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $6.39

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – n/a ($1.99, 16 oz.)

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – n/a ($4.99, 28 oz.)



Land o’ Lakes Tub Butter (Olive Oil and Sea Salt)

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $0.28/oz. ($2.69, 7 oz.)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $0.30/oz. ($5.89, 21 oz., $3.84, 13 oz.)

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – $0.35/oz ($4.49, 13 oz.)

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $0.36/oz. ($2.49, 7 oz.)

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Market Basket came in second when it came to Wunderbar, but it had the best price among stores with Wunderbar right in the deli case. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

Wunderbar German Bologna

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – $2.46/lb. (not stored in deli case)

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – $2.59/lb.

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – $3.49/lb.

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – $3.99/lb.

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – n/a

Price Scores (After Week 2)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – 22

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – 16

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – 16

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – 12

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – 0

Availability Scores (After Week 2)

Walmart: 275 Gold St., Manchester, NH – 5

Hannaford: 859 Hanover St., Manchester, NH – 5

Market Basket: 460 Elm St., Manchester, NH – 4

Shaw’s: 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, NH – 4

Price Rite: 365 Lincoln St., Manchester, NH – 0

 

 

 

About Andrew Sylvia 2021 Articles
Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and license to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.