I like Eckerd for one reason: the prices. They are the ONLY place where you can get nice big Colgate toothpastes for 99 cents on a sale. But, I hate how their in-ad coupons never scan right. Like when Colgate was $2.49 minus $1.50 in ad coupon. The in-ad coupon wouldn't scan, so the cashier needed a manager and I waited for SOOOO... long. Eckerd is pretty cheap when there's a sale, but otherwise forget it. They specialize in seasonal stuff and prescriptions. What makes them special is that they only open from 9 to 9 weekdays and 9 to 5 Sundays. What type of pharmacy is that?
This CVS is so nice! The regular prices are actually the SAME as those at Holly Ravine nearby BUT they are more convenient and in a higher rent mall. The fact that you can get out of here in 5 minutes really makes them special. The prices here are superb, and there are so many clearanced Health and Beauty aids. CVS is like a mini Mart store, they don't specialize in anything. Nice store!
I like Wal-Mart for two reasons: 1) the prices are low and 2) the return policy is good. Otherwise, I would not shop there. The staff are inconsistent, and they make up all sorts of excuses for why they cannot accept coupons. (Recently, a cashier told me that since I bought a different SCENT of lotion than the one pictured, I could not use a coupon that said on ANY lotion.) Since it is Wal-Mart, they don't specialize in anything. They are a "category killer." The only thing that I find to be special about them are the prices. Poor service at this location; I have never encountered a friendly cashier here.
I like Barnes and Noble since they place all the study aids in one easy section (instead of math separate from verbal, you just find all the SAT books and PSAT books categorized) and the decor is so grand. I like how they have real chandeliers and painted walls. The store environment is superb, but I don't like how the shelves are so high. It is the decor that makes them special. They aren't condusive to grabbing books. The prices here are OK, not a penny more or less than those at Borders. They specialize in books and music. If they made the shelves lower, I'd love B&N! Still, they are very good!
The Home Depot in Lawnside is very nice! The prices are quite a bit lower than those at Lowe's down the street, and I love how I can just stop there and shop at Home Depot, Kmart, and Pathmark, all in the same strip mall. Be careful, though. I always see the Lawnside police patrolling in that area. Home Depot has no specialty, they carry everything at low prices. The good prices make them special. This Home Depot is very good, and its design makes it so easy to just pull up and pick up a large order.
Kiehl's brings service to a new level. The clerks wait on you hand and foot inside the store, and will even wrap up your order in potpourri! You can try anything you want, and they are very generous with samples. That's why I love Kiehl's. However, the prices are quite a bit more than what you would pay in a drugstore. Expect to pay about $6 for a ChapStick equivalent. Kiehl's specializes in botanical cosmetics, which make you feel beautiful using natural extracts. But it is still the service and free samples and gift-wrapping that make them special.
I like Express Men since the clothes are so cute! I buy clothes for the men in my life from this store all the time. The underwear is of high quality, and the shirts are very stylish. The prices are high most of the time, but when there is a sale look out: Your favorites will likely be marked down from $40+ down to $10-20. Express Men specializes in Men's workplace casual clothing. What makes them special are their Producer pants. So comfy!
I love the wide selection of natural/organic and ethnic merchandise at this Whole Foods! The staff are very educated, and know about their departments. You can find the best produce, meat, dairy, and fish here too. The prepared foods are equal to those found in chain restaurants. Whole Foods specializes in organic merchandise, much of which cannot be found elsewhere. It is the quality that makes them special, however. Whole Foods' prices make up for all the service. They charge you an arm and a leg for everything. I could get 3 carts full of stuff at ShopRite for the price of one at Whole Foods.
The ShopRite in Mt. Laurel is really nice. They have all sorts of special deals and coupons, and items are often priced BELOW the chain-wide advertised sale. (Example: Pine-Sol was $1.04 versus $1.25 advertised) I love how the store is not like a zoo (as compared to Marlton ShopRite)! Prices are very good. There is no specialty. If you want good sales and a decent environment, shop at the Eastgate Square ShopRite. (Would've given them a five-star rating if the environment was nicer. Store is not anywhere close to as nice as Genuardi's.)
Super G is not that great a store. I don't like how their produce is of such low quality, and the meat all has 15% added solution to it. The dry goods can usually be found cheaper at the CVS across the street. But what makes them special is the landscaping: The parking lot has pergolas running everywhere and a gazebo! There are nice trees and arbors, too. Super G has no specialty. I would like them if they offered a better product, or lowered their prices. (Usually higher than Genuardi's or ACME, and not many organics or fresh items.) I'd avoid buying any perishables here except for deli or dairy items.