The Observer compared a basket of 15 staple items at four Charlotte-area grocery stores on Monday, May 12. The comparison included Charlottes top three grocers by market share Walmart, Harris Teeter and Food Lion and high-profile new entrant Publix. For accurate comparisons, base prices not sale prices were used.
|Natures Own whole wheat bread, 20-ounce loaf||Barilla spaghetti, 16-ounce box||Swansons Natural Goodness chicken stock, 32-ounce box||Jif peanut butter, regular, 16-ounce jar||Special K cereal, regular, 18-ounce box||Long-grain white rice, 1 lb.||Cantaloupe, 1 whole||Bananas, 1 lb.||Russet/Idaho potatoes, 5-pound bag||Baby-cut carrots, 2 pounds||Skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 1 lb.||Jimmy Dean pork sausage, regular flavor, 1 lb. roll||1 dozen grade A large eggs||Nonfat milk, 1 gallon||Land OLakes unsalted butter, 1 lb.||Total price|
Note At Harris Teeter and Publix, 2-pound packages of carrots were unavailable on the day of the comparison, so the price listed reflects the cost of two, one-pound bags. In addition, the chicken prices in the chart reflect the cost at the stores' meat case. Prices may differ at the service counter, and the per-pound cost may vary by size of package, such as value packs.
Buitoni four-cheese ravioli in 20-ounce packages were available at three of the stores, but not at Food Lion. Although the price was not included in the overall comparison, here is how much the Buitoni ravioli cost at each of the three stores that carried it: Harris Teeter, $8.99; Publix, $6.89; Walmart, $5.98.
Ely Portillo and Kathleen Purvis
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