In Minneapolis, some grocery stores are so well hidden no one would have known that these grocery stores exist. The local neighbors might know and might shop there because it is accessible to them but those who do not live as close do not have this advantage. For example, the grocery stores in Downtown Minneapolis, the bigger grocery stores, are in the middle or are on the edges of Downtown. Without Google maps or living in that specific area, it is difficult to be aware of these grocery stores. Perhaps the Whole Foods near the bus ramp in Downtown Minneapolis expects people to do some grocery shopping there assuming it is most convenient yet it probably isn’t. Some families may not be too fond of public transportation because it cost money to park-parking spaces can be pretty expensive. And parking in Downtown anywhere isn’t easy to do since parking spaces are limited. The Kowalski’s Market that is near Downtown to Uptown Minneapolis is hidden in a small shopping corner it isn’t too noticeable either unless you actually walk and browse around that area on several occasions.
Some of these grocery buildings are small, spaces are limited, and aisles are narrow they’re meant for people without disabilities and those at a normal weight. Grocery stores like this doesn’t allow for heavier built individuals or those with disabilities to move as freely. Some don’t even have wheelchair accessibilities nor allow for it. Which means that those who cannot navigate around the grocery stores easily will either one have someone else do their shopping for them or two end up ordering groceries online. Although online orders can be a little more convenient ordering online and having your groceries be delivered cost extra.
Even grocery stores with free parking lots doesn’t always have an open parking space because of how busy that part of town is. During business hours it could take a bit of time to actually find a parking spot that is walking distance. If you take the bus or train you don’t have to worry about parking but then it cost money to take the bus. Depending on whether it is rush hour or not bus can cost anywhere from $1.75 to $2.25. They do have reloadable bus cards that you can buy but then again you still need to pay for it in advance in order to use it.
For the best grocery shopping experience it is suggested that shoppers not only look at the price or quality of foods but also the location of the building and structure of the building. This is important because it informs shoppers how convenient or inconvenient it would be for one to shop there. As mentioned above, grocery stores can be built small therefore aisles can be a lot narrower in certain neighborhoods. Limitations on space is a disadvantage to customers because those with disabilities especially physically disabilities may not be able to roam easily as those without disabilities can. These smaller grocery stores doesn’t always have disabled shopping carts which can make it more difficult for shoppers with physical disabilities to shop there.
The best option here is to not be afraid to browse around your neighborhood to find out which grocery stores actually meets your transportation, accessibility, and affordability needs. Grocery stores that are nearby bus routes will be more favorable than not. Free biking ramps and parking ramps are always a good sign. Wider aisles and product variety also factors into which grocery store actually is the best to shop at. Keep in mind that although grocery stores located near Uptown and Downtown can be convenient because it offers more bus routes and biking options but the products and parking fees are costly.