The Supermarket Guide

My supermarket guide!

Mom's Organic Market - the first in Prince William County - had its grand opening last September.  It's like a giant health food store and carries the full line of many well known health remedies, vegan products, and organic brands.

The market is a great addition to the Woodbridge area!

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Another supermarket! It may sound like a ridiculous exclamation to many but not to me.

There was a time when shopping for food was more of a "wonder what we'll find today" situation. No need for a grocery list as there were no supermarkets - just sidewalk markets and stalls with unusual produce and mystery meats.

The meals revolved around what we found rather than what we wanted to eat. Every meal was a complete surprise or a repeat performance - we never called them leftovers. It was another meal prepared with the same ingredients - ad infinitum!

Creative cooking was the order of the day and a daily exercise. Years of living "off the land" taught us to either learn to eat what we found or become very creative at preparing the foods we were willing to eat.

In the end, it was much easier to learn to eat what we found...but that's a long story.

Today, with all the supermarkets available locally, plus the ability to print free coupons or even go virtual and shop with Alice, I still find myself throwing a meal together using whatever ingredients I find. Who needs a grocery list or recipes?  

Weis is gone, and Food Lion has changed its name to Bloom and then back to Food Lion again, but the giants of the food industry remain.

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Giant®

There are three Giant food stores in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Giant #0754 is located at 4309 Dale Boulevard, Centre Plaza in Dale City, VA 22193 [703] 670-5407.

Giant #0741 is located at 5469 Mapledale Plaza, Mapledale Plaza in Dale City, VA 22193 [703]590-1200.

Giant #0781 is at 12445 Hedges Run Drive, Lake Ridge Commons in Lake Ridge, VA 22192 [703]491-7615. To go along with a new "look", this store underwent a complete interior re-design.

Click HERE for their hours of operation and a listing of all their services.

Click to read their weekly circular and sign up for their weekly email.

My elderly parents have been using Peapod™ by Giant® for a couple years now...it is the perfect solution for the elderly or those who can't get out easily. Just check the Giant weekly specials and then shop Peapod for $10 in FREE groceries.

Safeway™®

We also have three Safeway food stores!

Click HERE to review store hours, various services available and weekly specials for each location.

The Safeway at 2042 Daniel Stuart Square, Woodbridge, VA 22191 is between Opitz Boulevard and Route 1.

The Safeway at 2205 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192 is in the Tacket's Mills Shopping Center, at the intersection of Old Bridge and Minnieville Roads.

The Safeway at 4215 Cheshire Station Plaza, Dale City, VA 22193 is right off Minnieville Road near its intersection with Dale Boulevard. This store features a Starbucks kiosk.

Food Lion™®

The Bloom is gone and in early 2012, the stores went back to being Food Lions.

Yes, they are different but there are some very good deals to be found in these markets if you shop at a particular time of the day. They are also showing signs of carrying more of the organic products and brands normally found in the larger grocery stores. Do not forget to use your local grocery coupons and make good use of applicable coupon codes for great deals on area services. Every lit bit helps.

We have three stores in the Woodbridge area:

  • Store #2734 at 5227 Waterway Drive in Dumfries, VA 22026 [Montclair]
  • Store #2736 at 12420 Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge, VA 22192
  • Store #2735 at 5592 Staples Mill Plaza in Woodbridge, VA 22193

Harris Teeter™®

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Harris Teeter opened in 2007 and it is not your ordinary neighborhood supermarket.

As the "anchor" store in the Shops At County Center shopping plaza [12745 Galveston Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192], it is an upscale type food market which draws residents from center county and from Woodbridge.

The store features specialty foods, a huge deli, a sushi counter, a bakery and a fresh "bread" counter, a "Fisherman's Market", a fresh produce "Farmer's Market", restaurant quality meats, a large wine shop and aisles of gourmet and international groceries.

Their website announces weekly specials, promotions and an excellent video collection of recipes, tips and tutorials.

Along with Wegmans, it is my go-to supermarket when I need unique ingredients to prepare many of our traditional family recipes or when I need specialty foods.

 Envirokidz Organic Leapin' Lemurs Peanut Butter & Chocolate Envirokidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Enviropakz, 25-Ounce EnviroKidz Organic Chocolate Koala Crisp Cereal, 11.5-Ounce

Wegmans™®

Have you experienced a Wegmans?

Shopping at Wegmans is an outing...not a run to the grocery store. On the other hand, I've done some serious food shopping in this store.

Don't forget to stop by just for lunch or dinner.  We've had an early dinner from the vest selection of dishes in the hot bar and from the self-serve islands or a quick snack from the Sushi bar.

We've even used their excellent catering services.

Need details? Click HERE. They're open till midnight...which is a good thing.

Aldi's Supermarkets

Yes, you too can "Shop Smart" in both Aldi locations - both stores carry wine and beer.

One ALDI market is located at 13291 Gordon Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA 22191.

The store on Gordon Blvd is open Monday-Friday 9am - 8pm; Saturday 9am - 8pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm.

There is another ALDI at 13782 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192 in the same shopping center as Lowe's.

They are open for business on Monday-Friday 9am - 8pm; Saturday 9am - 8pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm

International and Ethnic Food Markets

Woodbridge has a surprising number of international food markets.  Woodbridge, Virginia is also home to one of three Global Food LLC markets!

These are not your typical large supermarket but smaller specialty food markets which usually include a restaurant.

We have not discovered them all but I do know where to go when I need some great kebabs, a naan fix or the freshest ingredients for any recipe from our neighbors to the south.

  • Madina Market, 14536 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192; (703) 490-0600. Perfect for Greek and Mediterranean foods, you'll even find a mini restaurant inside that serves up some of the best kebabs this side of the Atlantic!
  • Durga Grocery Store, an Indian supermarket at 14339 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA 22191; (703) 491-5677
  • New Ali Grocery Store, 13863 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192; (703)680-1170 - Offers grocery product for Middle Eastern cuisines and also offers free range and "natural" meat products.

Want to add to our listing? Even if you have a favorite outside the immediate Woodbridge area, we want to hear from you! We used to drive all over the NOVA suburbs to buy our favorites cuts of meat or order a cake for a special occasion. Every so often, we still do.


Todos® Supermarket

Todos Supermarket is everything you are looking for in hispanic foods and services in the Woodbridge, Virginia area.

Todos Supermarket is located in the Marumsco Shopping Center. Open since April of 2011, they recently had their official ribbon cutting ceremony.

A huge store with 35,000 square feet of space, it offers international foods.

Todos also has a second location in Dumfries at 17987 Dumfries Shopping Plaza, Dumfries, VA 22026-2327 - telephone: (703) 221-9660.

Todos specializes in foods and services for people from Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa.

Have you shopped their well stocked shelves?

Also available at Todos:

CheckFreePay: Store Hours are Sunday: 8:15 AM - 9:00 PM; Monday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM and Saturday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

The CheckFreePay Store telephone number is (703)490-4907.

Speaking of Todos Supermarket...
Click here to read all about the owner of the Todos supermarket right here in Woodbridge!  It's the amazing story of Carlos Castro.

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