Suzanne first wrote this post about Grocery Shopping in East Memphis in 2011! So much has changed since then. I’ve updated the locations to reflect if they’re still open, and I’ll touch on the awesome conveniences available now.
We’ve all got to eat. Fortunately, we live in a great part of town for buying groceries. Not the most exciting task, but very necessary and often done with at least one kid dragged along for the ride. Hopefully, they don’t get in a fight, throw a temper tantrum, fall out of a cart, or throw extra food you don’t want in your cart!
Look what Suzanne predicted – she’s genius!
Maybe sometime soon an area grocery will start offering online ordering (business idea people!) – my favorite grocery store in Charlotte offered this and it was very popular. Order and pay online, drive up and they load up your car – wow!
Here are the Grocery Shopping in East Memphis options, with valuable mom opinions!
Grocery Shopping in East Memphis – Online Ordering Options
I’m going to start with the options to make sure shopping experience a little faster, quicker, easier, less stressful. Scroll down for your traditional grocery experience that requires a cart and a list!
Shipt [affiliate link] I’ve only ordered one delivery from here so far, but I paid for a year’s membership, which is $99. A monthly membership is $14 which may be worth it if you think you’re just going to have a busy few months. (I got $25 off my first order, which I think was a Memphis special.) Your membership fee includes free delivery if the order is $35 or more. The delivery is same-day! They’re only partnering with Kroger right now, but may add more stores. I compared prices to the ClickList online ordering page, and they differ slightly. I don’t think there is a huge Shift markup, though, because they had some produce special prices that ClickList didn’t have, so it seems like a wash to me.
I think this is still my favorite method. Especially now that you can order and pickup the same day. When I signed up, about a year ago, you got your first 3 orders free. After that, it is $5 per order. The other day my husband found out and he said, “you pay $5 every time for that?” You guys, my babysitter gets paid $10/hour. My time is worth at least that much. That means if ClickList saves me 30 minutes, it is well worth the $5 fee.
The reason I like this method the best is that 1) They have all the products I’m familiar with, it’s where I shop all the time. 2) Some flexibility in choosing the time frame to fit in with my errands. They offer a 1-hour window for pickup.
I have to tell you all that I have missed my pickup one time by hours and hours (I scheduled for a Saturday afternoon and I was at the zoo or something and was out all day). They called me right before they closed the pickups (maybe 6:45pm) and wanted to know if I still “wanted to pickup my order?” I was so impressed by them going above and beyond. I said yes and zipped over there to get it.
Locations that offer this
799 Truse, 38117
2835 Kirby Pkwy, 38119 (my current favorite pickup location)
7735 Farmington Blvd, 38138 (my first experience with ClickList)
I had a short, 6-month membership to this service, which I got at a discount as an early adopter (before I ever had this blog). Membership is $95/year or $10/month. I used it for deliveries from Costco, mostly, but they only deliver dry packaged foods (no meat or produce or frozen food). Goldfish, juice boxes, fruit snacks, etc. For Costco delivery, though, you have to have a Costco membership. With a Google Express membership, you can also get Walgreen’s, Whole Foods, PetSmart, The Vitamin Shoppe deliveries.
I have never used Prime Pantry. I can’t seem to fill a box. I do use Subscribe & Save like crazy. I have for years. Here are things I order from Amazon. They’re not worth a “Target run” for me to run out of these items. Vitamins, dry shampoo, Larabars, AA batteries, High Brew coffee, dog food. Membership is $99/year but includes unlimited streaming of some shows, and some other perks.
If you order something in bulk, it might be worth it to use this place (I think their snacks rival the prices of Costco, but you don’t need a membership.) I found the best price on here for my stroller, which isn’t groceries, but is worth mentioning!
I have ordered Vita Coco Cafe and High Brew coffee from here before, too. To be shipped. But they have online grocery ordering where you drive to the store to pickup and have it brought to your car. I have researched using this option before when we were traveling to Park City, UT for vacation with extended family, and I didn’t want everyone going to the grocery store. I didn’t end up using it but you might want to look into it if you’re staying in a house or condo with extended family out of town and need to do a huge grocery run.
This location has it:
577 Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, 38018
They have online ordering at their Spottswood location.
Traditional Grocery Shopping in East Memphis
Cash Saver Cost Plus
729 N White Station (White Station & Summer)
My new favorite grocery store is Cashsaver in the Cloverleaf shopping center at Summer & White Station. They have the absolute best prices in town! They even beat my old favorite store, Aldi. The produce selection isn’t always the best though so I get my produce at Easy Way and the botanic gardens farmers market.
540 S Mendenhall Rd (Mendenall & Sanderlin)
This store was redone 2011 ish and it looks much better inside and out. A popular spot for the moms in East Memphis. According to Chabad Lubavitch of Tennesse, this Kroger has the “largest Kosher section in Memphis.”
I love the Sanderlin Kroger!
Kroger, because their store brand items are cheaper than Schnuck’s on the things I buy, I get points toward gas, then they send me free or discount coupons on the same things I buy all the time. I never have to wait in line. I use the self-check since I like to bring reusable bags and sort my own things so they’re easier to unpack at home. Everyone at the Sanderlin store has been friendly and helpful, and I’ve made returns with no questions asked. I’m usually at that location because it’s close to work, and they have a bigger selection, sushi, and organic items than the stores on my way home or in my neighborhood.
The Kroger has the car carts which keep my kids occupied so I can get the shopping done while they “drive” me. Also, good behavior at the store gets the kids a trip to the fire station to see the trucks and meet a fireman. At Kroger, I can just put the groceries in the car and walk over.
Sanderlin Kroger. I like their store brands. The produce section is good, and you can find a lot of things marked down before they go bad. They always have plenty of those big car buggies available and will comb the parking lot for you one. I have twin one-year-olds and a three-year-old and I have found them the easiest place for me to shop alone with them.
Kroger on Sanderlin. They are super friendly there and there are great coupons for Ben & Jerry’s and Lenny’s and Schlotsky’s on the back of receipt!
6660 Poplar Ave, Memphis
This is my Kroger! My biggest wish is that they would get ClickList at this location!
3775 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis
2431 North Germantown Parkway, Cordova
My kids call this “the box store” because we tend to let them play inside and on top of the large boxes in the center section of the store. Sometimes we get corrected by Costco employees if the boxes are stacked too high, and they tell us we can’t play there. But if there’s a shed set up, that’s usually considered fair game for them to play in.
Costco too, samples galore!
I dread driving there and try not to go with the kids, but we buy as much as we can at Costco. They quite a few organic items and great prices.
4224 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
One mom recommends buying bread at Big Lots.
I feel I should clarify the “buying bread at Big Lots.” You can find Nature’s Own Whole Grain breads for $1.20, which is 1/2 what you find it for in other stores. They often have sandwich rounds, bagels, and English muffins and are never more than $1.60 a bag. Often you can find organic kid’s drinks and cereal for great prices too.
Superlo foods on Spottswood right by Target low prices !!!!
601 Colonial Rd, Memphis, TN
5959 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119
Also redone in the past 5 years, Target has a large selection of packaged foods, lots of refrigerated and frozen foods and a decent produce/meat selection.
I shop at SuperTarget when I need items other than groceries, but the meat dept is limited.
835S White Station Rd, Memphis 38117
Lots of prepared foods, bakery, meat counter, specialty cheese and more.
I go to Fresh Market when I need something special, but I don’t shop there regularly because the prices are higher, except on organic milk.
Charlie’s Meat Market
4790 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
I just shopped here yesterday! I got ribs, fillets, brussle sprouts, and twice-baked potatoes to die for!
I shop at Charlie’s meat market.
Whole Foods Market
5014 Poplar, Memphis
7825 Poplar, Germantown
Whole Foods for special drinks for kids and the best French bread ever!
I buy our meat, fish, dairy and some packaged goods at Whole Foods. Their store brands are a great price for organic and natural foods. Lots of samples and friendly employees too, especially friendly to my kids!
576 S Perkins Rd, Memphis, TN
There has been a Sprouts in Collierville for a few years now but East Memphis got their first one in the closed Schnuck’s building this summer!
Love the new Urban Farms off of Broad St where Sam Cooper ends. Urban Farms Market is a great farmers’ market.
Winchester Farmers Market (or what I call International Market)
6730 Winchester Rd, Memphis
I’m pretty sure there’s not a ginormous selection of organic options here. But, I shop here when I’m looking for seafood for paella. Also, when I’m making elote and want to use cotija cheese instead of feta or parmesan. It’s a great field trip and a true melting pot. Proud we have this in our city.
Easy Way Produce
814 Mr. Moriah Rd
Easy Way for produce, bread, milk, and butter.
I get my produce at Easy Way.
4508 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
My personal fav.
I second Aldi as being a fav. I spend half as much on groceries there than I do at Kroger. So far, I haven’t found a product there that I don’t like. A lot of items I find I enjoy more than named brands. The produce is also less expensive.
It was announced in September 2011 that all Memphis Schnucks were closed. 9 were sold to Kroger and 3 were closed.