bookmark_borderWalmart Review – KW & Guelph

Walmart, it’s a place to buy things and nothing more

I have limited money, the joys of being a student, so Walmart is usually my store of choice when I need to get anything. Food, housewares, electronics, soap, whatever you need they’ll probably have it. I live pretty close to a Walmart and I’ve shopped at a bunch in KW and Guelph so I thought I’d review some stores.

Here are my favourite Walmart stores with 1 being the best and 1+n being the worst

  1. Stone Road Walmart (Guelph) – Probably my favourite Walmart in the region. The cleanest, organized, and fully stocked store. It’s a newer store so it has the new Walmart design which is a pleasure to shop in (in fact this location was the first Walmart to trial the new design). The store has gotten a bit worse (when it first opened it was nearly perfect) but it’s still the best.
  2. Woodlawn Walmart (Guelph) – A close runner up to the Stone Road Walmart. This store is huge, a complete supercentre. It was just renovated so it has the new Walmart interior and exterior (and with that comes more blue). Most stuff is in stock and it’s somewhat organized but worse than Stone Road. Overall a good store.
  3. Sunrise Walmart (Kitchener) – A larger full fledged supercentre. It’s one of the few stores Walmart has recently renovated so it has their new interior style (detailed here) which I myself really enjoy. The store is neat and organized and has plenty of stock. Definitely a great place to shop.
  4. Walmart Stanley Park (Kitchener) – A cute little Walmart. Unlike most this isn’t a supercentre so they don’t sell any produce, but they do sell dairy products and self stable items. Very well organized and no self checkouts, which is nice. It’s a former KMart/Zellers so you see a lot of remnants from that era which brings back good vibes.
  5. Bridgeport Walmart (Waterloo) – My closest Walmart and probably the most mediocre store. I like it for convenience, the store is open late (11pm), and they sell food. Beyond this however, the store kind of sucks, stock is limited, the place is constantly a mess, and if you need an item it’s probably not going to be there. I’d shop elsewhere but I have no other choice really, oh and there is a sea of self checkouts and almost no traditional cashiers and the floor is coming up. On a positive, the store is starting to improve their stock and organizational issues so keep up the good work!
  6. St. Jacob’s Walmart (St. Jacob’s / Waterloo) – When you come to the store you’d think that the place is huge, but the exterior is deceiving, on the inside there isn’t much. I would describe the store as meh at best, not worth the drive at worst. When I went there I was expecting more selection and items in stock but for the most part it was like Bridgeport, out of stock and a mess, plus they push the damn Mastercard on you here. When talking with my friends about this Walmart I describe it in one line: “It’s like the Bridgeport Walmart but further away.”
  7. Boardwalk Walmart – Before I review this store, can someone please tell me why this strip mall is called the Boardwalk? There’s no lake or anything and boardwalks are usually near water. Whatever, this store sucks. It’s big but there’s rarely things in stock, it’s messy and not worth the drive. Plus they’re really pushing the whole self checkout thing here, including the whole scanning and paying for items as you put them into your cart. However, unlike other trials of this self scanning stuff Walmart doesn’t supply you with a scanning unit, you have to use your own phone. So not only am I supplying Walmart with free labour but I’m also supplying my own cash register? What the hell?
  8. Fairway Walmart (Kitchener) – The worst Walmart in the region hands down, right at FairwayFairviewFairMall. It’s not a supercentre, it’s old, like really old (the interior dates to around 2006) and it’s messy. Just like the rest of the mall it sucks and shopping there makes me depressed.

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bookmark_borderPizza Review – Kitchener Waterloo

I like pizza, like I really, really like pizza. Because of this I usually take out pizza all the time. Here is a list of my pizza restaurant preferences from good (1) to bad (1+n) in KW.

  1. Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria (Uptown) – Stone baked hand made pizza. Good flavour and quality, it costs more than your standard pizza joint but you’re making up for this with quality.
  2. Bianca’s Pizza (King & Columbia – Waterloo) – Great sauce, thicc crust, good flavour, and if you like a bit of char on your cheese this is the place. Takeout is very affordable, they charge about the same as most chain pizza places (even though they aren’t a chain).
  3. Topper’s Pizza (Chain) – Expensive for chain pizza but the crust is great, tastes fresh and doughy. Plus the garlic bread is great. Would recommend if you can get a deal. Sucks that the only location in KW is in Kitchener though.
  4. Twice the Deal Pizza (Chain) – For the price the quality is good, standard chain pizza fare, free dip with pizza, not bad if you want value.
  5. Domino’s Pizza (Chain but most purchases from University Ave location) – Good crust, sauce is OK, but not the best. I wouldn’t but this pizza at full price since it’s a bit too expensive but if they’re having a 50% off sale go for it.
  6. Pizza Pizza (Chain, all the same pretty much) – For cheap pizza late at night this is your place. Most locations are open very late (2 – 3am) and the quality is good for the price. I don’t mind the sauce but the crust is meh. Tastes best when slightly cold. The half moon cheesy bread is awesome tho, 1000+ calories per moon so don’t eat too much of it (if you can 😉 ).
  7. Pizza Hut (Weber St. Waterloo – near Walmart) – It’s basically what pizza would be if it was made by Americans. Greasy, fattening, tastes off, and they (for some reason) spray the pizza after they cook it with this garlic spray that makes the crust golden. That spray can’t be healthy, comes in the food equivalent of a spray paint can. The crust tastes kinda plastic and it’s expensive. Not worth it.
  8. Little Caesars (Chain, all locations are the same) – It’s cheap pizza, nothing more, nothing less. Hot and ready is convenient if you hate waiting but don’t wait to eat the pizza, the crust tastes stale after a day. The crazy bread tho is a whole different level of addicting, beware you’ll add a kilo to your waist in no time.
  9. Gino’s Pizza (Bridgeport Waterloo) – The sauce sucks, I’m sorry but it just sucks. Tastes weird, almost sweet, usually I prefer a bit of spice with my sauce, not sweet. The dough is OK but nothing more, at times you get a bit of that yeast dough taste but most of the time you get nothing, no flavour, just the texture of B L A N D. Oh and they say they take AMEX but they don’t take AMEX which is annoying.

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