Shaw's -- South Burlington, Vermont
Have you ever read "The Mist" by Stephen King? Yes? No? No matter. The Shaw's Supermarket on Shelburne Road in South Burlington reminds me of the grocery store that the band of (un)lucky survivors hole up in to wait out the titular weather of King's story. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong, creepy, or scary at all about this store -- it's a showplace, the Cadillac of grocery stores. When it opened a few years ago it was hailed as the largest supermarket in the entire Shaw's chain. You can buy anything from bedspreads to bedding plants (in season), and skinless, boneless chicken that you could marinate and serve on a bed of saffron rice. Their deli, produce, and meat counters are well stocked and carry affordable choices and high-end choices. There is an in-store Dunkin Donuts if you need a little pick-me-up in the sugar and/or caffeine department. How can you argue with a store that has everything? There are no shortage of grocery stores in Chittenden County, but Shaw's is without a doubt, one-stop shopping. And if you find yourself needing to wait out the apocalypse or buy a day's, week's, month's, or year's worth of grocery, medicine, and anything and everything for your home and family, welcome to giant grocery store nirvana.