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had a chance to stop by the new Krogers in Shadow Creek and the new HEB off 518...I prefer the Krogers much more compared to the HEB as the HEB was too chaotic and bunched up while the Kroger was laid back and spacious...

once more people find out about Kroger it may change but they have my vote now....

when will the Luby's open?

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I agree that the HEB can get crazy but at least the traffic flow is regulated a little better down there. The Krogers is going to need to put in a light on their south side, near their gas pumps, to alleviate the backups and danger.

I did see that traffic lights are going up at 2234 and Business Center, just a little ways down the road from the Kroger, so it's possible that will help some....although it will probably only help Buc'ees. ^_^

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Guess it all depends on what you want... I shopped at the Kroger right before Christmas, and I found that their assortment was smaller than HEB's. Although it's a very nice conventional supermarket/drugstore, Kroger doesn't have as many specialty items. For example, there were maybe 1/3 as many types of pasta compared to HEB. That's fine, if you're buying regular egg noodles; if you want Amish noodles, it's HEB.

On the other hand, I usually shop mid-day mid-week, so the craziness factor is minimal.

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had a chance to stop by the new Krogers in Shadow Creek and the new HEB off 518...I prefer the Krogers much more compared to the HEB as the HEB was too chaotic and bunched up while the Kroger was laid back and spacious...

once more people find out about Kroger it may change but they have my vote now....

when will the Luby's open?

I've discovered the HEB there and love it. Try to visit whenever I am out on that end of town.

As for traffic. Pearland is getting nightmarish in terms of traffic at those major intersections and all up and down 518 and 2234 (no lights). They better get a handle on that.

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I've discovered the HEB there and love it. Try to visit whenever I am out on that end of town.

As for traffic. Pearland is getting nightmarish in terms of traffic at those major intersections and all up and down 518 and 2234 (no lights). They better get a handle on that.

The problem going east bound on 518 from HEB is that the light has never been adjusted to account for the extra traffic, it favors traffic from 288 to 518 east bound, you can get about 6-8 cars (each lane) through which we know is not enough. The 518 west bound traffic is another story, lights never in sync, no right turn lanes, etc...

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had a chance to stop by the new Krogers in Shadow Creek and the new HEB off 518...I prefer the Krogers much more compared to the HEB as the HEB was too chaotic and bunched up while the Kroger was laid back and spacious...

once more people find out about Kroger it may change but they have my vote now....

when will the Luby's open?

I'm with you. I was wondering if anyone else felt this way. The Kroger experience is much more relaxed, IMO. The store is cleaner, more manageable, and not as crowded (which might be my primary reason). I am not too price conscience so I will go for the better experience. HEB's crowd/ran-sacked(sp?) store is starting to remind me of Super WalMart.

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HEB's crowd/ran-sacked(sp?) store is starting to remind me of Super WalMart.

I am vowing to NEVER step foot in a Walmart again unless it is after midnight and the stores have cleared out. The one on I45 N reminds me of some salvage depot yard sale. People running in and out, kids everywhere, parking lots full of folks hanging out or worse.

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I finally got to check out the new Kroger today and I am disappointed. The selection is not that great compared to HEB and the prices are higher. I paid $1.75 for a 10# bag of ice!

I doubt I'd be back there any time soon, unless it's to pick up something HEB does not carry. The spacious aisles are nice, but it's not worth paying higher prices for a smaller selection.

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I didn't check out the store, but I stopped at the gas station at the Kroger yesterday. They had diesel fuel for $1.98/gal, 1 cent cheaper than Buc-ee's. Then, with my 3 cent discount with the Kroger plus card, it brought it down to $1.95/gal. If I had made a $100+ purchase at Kroger with the card, I could've gotten the fuel for $1.88/gal, which according to texasgasprices.com would be the lowest price in the state for diesel. $1.95's still good though.

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I've been to both. HEB has more unusual items but its layout is too inefficient. Kroger has nothing except fancy lighting to distinguish it from the Kroger at 518 and Cullen. Living as I do near 35, neither is worth the effort to get to.

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I like Kroger's for the quick run to the store type things. For a full grocery list I prefer HEB much more. HEB just has a bigger selection and I actually love the cooking demonstrations (I can actually cook a few meals now). Of course, you do have to plan your HEB trip a bit more so I guess it depends on what your shopping needs are.

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I've never been a fan of Kroger and having to carry a card to get discounts..... However, I've been a couple of times to the store and quite like it. Very spacious and clean. International food selection is pretty big. If you hunt for the good deals, they are pretty good (I had to get a card after what I saw and now keep it in the car).

But at the end I am an HEB Plus guy. I've never been back to Super Target after they opened, and my visits to Wal-Mart are very limited. I agree the store might be difficult to navigate, but nothing beats it for the type of shopping my household has.

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Long time reader of the boards, but never posted ... until now.

Just had to comment on the new Kroger. I normally shop at HEB and I would agree with everyone that it is becoming chaos. Decided to stop in this past weekend to grab a few things at the new Kroger. Took me a while to find what I needed, but the store was easy to move around in since there were hardly any people there.

I had exactly 18 items in my cart and went to check out. Arriving at the checkouts, I noticed there were only 4 "regular" lanes in operation and 3 "15 items or less" lanes. Suffice to say, all the regular lanes were backed up at least 3-4 carts deep and 1 of the "15 or less" lines was just becoming available so I decided to save a little time and maneuver my cart in that direction.

Now, before everyone get's in an uproar, I'm not "one of those" who clogs up the express lines at the grocery store (I've only done this on 1 other occasion).

I begin by placing the "courtesy grocery bar" (which is the little plastic device that indicates my territory) on the belt and start unloading. I get approximately 8 items on the belt and the checkout lady hoarsely asks "Sir. Sir. Do you have less than 15 items?" I immediately turned the bright red shade of Brittney's dress on the cover of the Enquirer. So I proceeded to count my items quickly just to make sure I was close to the limit. I politely indicated "Almost 15 items. I have 18."

Now all in a span of about 3 seconds my mind goes through stages ... embarrassment, shock, and then disbelief that she would even bother to ask. To my amazement, she responded back, "Sir, this line is for 15 items or less. You need to move your items to another register." ... as she points to the brightly lit up sign above her head. I responded with the obvious "You're kidding me right?" "No sir. The sign clearly says 15 items or less."

Of course I sheepishly moved my items and went and stood for 5 minutes in the regular line.

While I respect the cashiers and the rules, I've never actually heard of this happening to anyone I know, much less experienced it myself. I really wanted to take 3 cans of soup out of my basket and set them on top of her register and give her a "Ummpf ... there. Here's your 15 items now."

Being a new store, I wrote this little experience off as the new cashier using her newly acquired training to show off to her new boss. At least she takes her job seriously.

Of course, this experience didn't ruin my taste for shopping at this Kroger in the future ... but it sure upset me and I think I'll continue to fight the mob's at HEB for now.

Thanks for all the info everyone provides on the boards!

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i'll bet everyone behind you was grateful to her

Actually, the funny thing about it was, as I stood there waiting in the long line, I kept my eye's peeled on the "short" line. There was nobody for a full 3 minutes and the other 2 "short" lines were empty as well.

But you are right, the sign clearly said 15 items or less .... and I guarantee that if I were behind someone that had more than 15 items, I would be upset too. I can promise you now, I will never get into one of those lines with more than the allotted items ... heck, I might even implement a math equation of (-1)+x=y ... no more problems for me :D

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The lack of a traffic signal at the entrance to Kroger is a deal-killer for me. Making left turns from or onto ShadowCreek Parkway is a risky venture.

Note, that the new signal at Business Center Drive/SC Parkway will suffice. You can turn north onto the portion of Business Center Drive that goes along side of Bucees. Follow that road (don't go all the way until it ends or you will end up behind the strip mall where the delivery trucks service the store) and take a right and go behind Bucees and it will take you right into the Kroger Shopping Center by the Kroger gas station. No problems. They have a lot of in/egress points. I haven't had any problems accessing Kroger or SC Parkway leaving Kroger.

As an aside I am happy that we have options on this side of 288.

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Note, that the new signal at Business Center Drive/SC Parkway will suffice. You can turn north onto the portion of Business Center Drive that goes along side of Bucees. Follow that road (don't go all the way until it ends or you will end up behind the strip mall where the delivery trucks service the store) and take a right and go behind Bucees and it will take you right into the Kroger Shopping Center by the Kroger gas station. No problems. They have a lot of in/egress points. I haven't had any problems accessing Kroger or SC Parkway leaving Kroger.

Cool....I love to exploit shortcuts. I might visit the Krogers just to try this one. :P Thanks!

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Note, that the new signal at Business Center Drive/SC Parkway will suffice. You can turn north onto the portion of Business Center Drive that goes along side of Bucees. Follow that road (don't go all the way until it ends or you will end up behind the strip mall where the delivery trucks service the store) and take a right and go behind Bucees and it will take you right into the Kroger Shopping Center by the Kroger gas station. No problems. They have a lot of in/egress points. I haven't had any problems accessing Kroger or SC Parkway leaving Kroger.

As an aside I am happy that we have options on this side of 288.

Thanks for the tip.

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Ok so we checked out the new Krogers yesterday. It is a lovely store. We were there at 5pm and it was not very crowded. Overall, a much, much calmer shopping experience than at HEB. However, as others have said, we noticed less of a selection on the shelves.

Not to get too far off topic, but we noticed a new Chinese restaurant ("Imperial Dynasty", or some such?) is going to be opened in the strip mall to the left of Krogers. Somebody let us know when that opens! ^_^

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