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Buying groceries on the way?

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Buying groceries on the way?

We are returning to the OBX for the first time in over 20 years. We used to live there, and I know a lot will have changed. One thing I do not expect to have changed is the Saturday traffic and the crowded grocery stores. I used to work at the S&R supermarket, and Saturdays in the summertime were just a madhouse.

So as we head for our week's vacation in late June, I thought -- Why not stop and shop on the way? We'll have some time to kill before we can check into our cottage in KDH.

Is there a large grocery store immediately adjacent to the snazzy new toll road from the Norfolk area? Prices are not a major consideration. Just need something where we can buy a week's worth of groceries, a couple of cheap-o coolers, and some ice to melt while we sit in traffic.

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1. Re: Buying groceries on the way?

Don't know if this is an option for you, but last year, I checked out a grocery store that would shop for you and deliver for a very reasonable price. Can't recall the name. I think it was in Elizabeth City.

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2. Re: Buying groceries on the way?

Farm Fresh in Elizabeth City delivers to the Outer Banks. You order online and they deliver your groceries to your house. Great service. I used them last year and plan on using them again this year.


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I have had groceries delivered on vacation before, but this time I want to do the shopping and selecting myself. I just need a big grocery store (Food Lion etc) that's on the way, and a little closer to the OBX than our starting point in the Norfolk area.

Any other suggestions?

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4. Re: Buying groceries on the way?

Here's a great list of grocers in the Outer Banks:


A word of caution. We never get anything except totally non-perishables until we check in and make sure the place is okay (no power failure, etc.) and...well...that we Have the place.

There are lots of grocers in the Outer Banks as you ask about in your last post so you can always go back out. What we do like to do is have breakfast items for the next day (we can bring them from hom but you can pick them up in advance too in a less crowded area) like cereal, oatmeal, coffee, maybe fruit and then make a quick stop for milk or something, which can be any quickstop type place. You might want to plan so that you do a minimum of shopping on Saturday.

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Ellipooh, there is a grocery store just off the toll road you are speaking of. I think it's a Harris Teeter. There is also a Target, although I am not sure if it is a Super Target with groceries in it or not. Perhaps someone living in that area will know and respond.

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There is a food lion in Granby about 10 minutes from the bridge to the OBX. We usually stop their, its never busy.

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Right after the Chesapeake Expwy, there's another Food Lion directly on Rt. 168 when you cross the VA/NC border in Moyock, NC.

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8. Re: Buying groceries on the way?

THANK YOU!!! That's *exactly* the kind of information I was looking for. TripAdvisor members come through again!

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