Harding’s Marketplace- S. Westnedge, Portage
- 6330 S. Westnedge Avenue
- Portage, MI 49002
- (269) 327-6733
This weekend has been wierd. J usually works Monday through Friday, but this weekend, she was asked to work a weekend shift. They gave her Friday off so she would get at least one day off this week. Normally, that’d be great, but this weekend, I worked Thursday, Friday, Sunday. So when I was off on Saturday, she was working.
I finished up our Christmas shopping with a trip to Best Buy then started towards home. I was contemplating stopping somewhere for dinner, but I spent quite a bit dining out in East Lansing, so I got the idea to stop at a grocery store instead.
Since I haven’t checked out the Harding’s in Portage yet and I was driving by it, I made the store on South Westnedge in the Southland Mall my stop.
My only experience with Harding’s is the store on Cork Street in Kalamazoo. I wasn’t super impressed. I mean, I liked the store, but it was cramped and looked to be an older building. This building in Portage is the exact opposite.
The store is much larger than the neighborhood type grocery store on Cork Street. They have a big deli with chicken, lunch meat, and prepared meals. There’s even a “cheese case” with some specialty cheeses near the bread aisle.
The deli leads right in to the produce section which gives way to the meat department which is where I was headed. In Lansing, I always shopped meat at Kroger because they had some pretty good “manager specials.” Meijer doesn’t have that, so I’m still looking for some place to get meat in Kalamazoo on the cheap.
They had some pretty good regular sales, but nothing I was interested in. They had ground beef on sale, but only in bulk quantities and I was eating alone. I eventually made my way to the end where I found a bunch of meat hastily thrown into a bin marked “manager’s special.” Yay!
There wasn’t really anything good, but I found some Veal Should Chops for a little over $3. I’m not a huge veal fan and I didn’t know how I was going to cook, but I bought it anyway. I figured I could just throw it on the grill and have a cheap, tough steak.
On my way to the cash register’s, I picked up a couple Pepsi’s. One for dinner, one for my drive back to East Lansing in the morning.
I was met at the cash register by a cashier who’s lane was empty. That never happens at the hyper-markets. She rang up my meat and pop and bagged them in a paper bag. The total for the veal and two pops was just a little over six bucks.
I liked this Harding’s. It’s big enough to have a good selection and they carry Spartan brand as their generic, but it’s not so big that shopping is a hassle. The prices may not be quite as low as a hyper-market, but for a quick shopping trip, it’s worth it to avoid the hassle.