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Best Local Grocery Store 


No less than Time magazine announced in 2014 that "low-key, low-cost grocer" WinCo is "Wal-Mart's worst nightmare." That might be true—after all, in September 2016 the chain was ranked the seventh-largest employee-owned company in the U.S. by the National Center for Employee Ownership—but shopping there is a dream. If you haven't woken up to the smoking deals and wide selection at this home-grown grocery powerhouse, it's time you quit snoozing.

2nd Place: Boise Co-op—If there's a capital of the North End, it's the Boise Co-op. Since 1973, the store—located at Fort and Ninth streets—has served as a combination grocery store, eatery and (maybe most important) a community gathering place. The love was spread in 2015 with another location in the Village at Meridian.

3rd Place: Roosevelt Market—Few grocery stores/delis have an entry on the Idaho Architecture Project's website. Roosevelt Market does. In operation since 1900—except for about six months in 2003—the little colonial style house on Elm Street in Boise's charming East End continues to serve as a repository for local memories and a place to grab bite to eat, fill your pantry and catch up with neighbors.


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