Only in Oregon: Shop WinCo Foods
To Save Money on Groceries in Eugene
There is a very good reason why the parking lot always seems to be full at the WinCo Foods store in west Eugene, Oregon.
It's because people here know that WinCo has the lowest overall prices for grocery, meat, produce, bakery, bulk, and other necessities for the kitchen.
These stores all have good prices on grocery items. But for overall selection and prices, WinCo has these stores beat.
How do they do it?
- They don't advertise
- You have to bag your own purchases
- No matter how many cashiers there are, you usually have to wait in line to checkout
- You rarely can find a parking spot close to the entrance
I can't tell you how they compete so well against their better known competition, but they do. They even have their own online coupons that you can print and take to the store for even greater savings.
WinCo began in 1967 as a discount warehouse store in Boise, Idaho by the name of Waremart. As the business expanded, the name was changed to WinCo, which stands for Winning Company. Until I wrote this post, I mistakenly believed the name stood for the states where most of their stores are located - Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Oregon.
This privately held, employee-owned chain has 87 stores in seven states (WA, ID, NV, CA, OR, UT, AZ) and employs over 14,000 people. If there is a store near you, check them out and save some money in your grocery budget.
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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