Downtown Hamilton gets supermarket after long wait

Nations Fresh Foods, Hamilton, July 2, 2013

(Update) It has been missing from Hamilton’s downtown core for years, but today members of the media were invited to view the city’s newest grocery store.


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HoaiPhai says:

Yesterday my wife and I visited Nations Fresh Foods and loved it. They stock just about any Asian food you may need and a good selection of Western stuff, too. The prices are much better than what you’re likely to find in Niagara — some regularly-priced items we stocked up on were half the price of what we pay closer to home.

They also have a large “buffet” section where you can buy hot meals. The layout of the store is not your conventional rectangle with parallel aisles but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough. The shelves are kept well stocked and faced.

The only shortcomings we found were that because Nations Fresh Foods is located within the Jackson Square shopping complex, you only get one or two hours of free parking, depending on the time of day, and you must go to a building security desk outside the store to have your parking validated. You also cannot take shopping carts out of the store so be prepared to carry your groceries from the cash to your car.

The other minor thing I hope will be remedied before my next visit is their cash-or-debit-cards-only policy. I was told that they do plan on adding credit cards as a payment method but, to be on the safe side, I suggest you make sure you have cash or a bank balance before you pay them your first visit… you WILL want to buy something while you’re there!

Great store!