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Harding’s Friendly Market – Southside

January 12, 2010

  • 412 Howard Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • (269) 349-9686
  • Website

Another day.  Another shopping trip.  Seems to be an everyday thing for us.  What’s funny about that situation is that I grew up in a small town where the nearest mega-mart was 30 miles away.  My mom was always pretty good about stocking up and buying what we needed in a couple big trips a month.  Somewhere along the way, I’ve strayed.  I make a lot of little trips when I need something.  I always tell my family there is no way I could move back home because there is no grocery store close.  I’d always be hungry!

J went to get some milk for her coffee last night and pulled an empty carton out of the fridge.  Yes, I did it.  I didn’t want to put an empty milk carton in a garbage that won’t go out for a couple days.  I knew what I was doing.  After the milk, she grabbed an almost empty jar of peanut butter.  Can you figure out where the milk went?

We decided to make a grocery run just to pick up a few things.  I have no idea why, but I decided I wanted to go to Harding’s instead of Meijer.  I like the Portage Harding’s, but didn’t want to drive down Westnedge.  The Cork Street is close, but it’s not really my favorite.  Instead, I drove the other way on Westnedge to Hardings on Howard Street between Park and Westnedge.

The lot at this location is just wide enough between the two streets for a grocery store.  There are entrances from all three of the streets that surround it.  The store looks like a mega-mart, but it also sort of looks like one of those mega marts that are tucked in a neighborhood.  It reminds me a lot of Kroger stores in urban areas which is something I’ve always liked.

When you walk in, there’s a huge open space to your left.  That area is where the deli is and the thing J and I both really liked about this area was the selection of prepared food.  We weren’t in the market for lunch, but we have had good luck at Harding’s in the past..  We spent ten minutes or so looking over the deli cases as well as the coolers which had lunch items for sale pretty cheap.  Throw them in a microwave at work and you’ve got a decent meal.  They even had sushi.  Not that I like sushi…and not sure how I would feel about grocery store sushi pre-packaged and in a cooler, but it was still something you don’t see often at grocery stores.

We made our way through the store picking up what we needed.  Of course, peanut butter and milk were high on the list, but we also got some Jell-O (which was on sale), eggs, salad, and a couple Pepsi Throwbacks for me. 

Check out was nice and simple.  Unlike the hyper-markets, when they noticed long lines forming at the registers, they opened up another line.  We got out of there pretty quickly with three bags of grocery’s for right around $20.  I think we both thought we had more food than that.

I’m becoming a fan of Harding’s. It’s still habit for me to go to Meijer because usually when we go on big shopping trips, we need household or sundries as well, but these quick trips seem to go smoother at Harding’s even though they’re a little bit farther away.

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