Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping in Oklahoma City

Grocery Shopping
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Thanksgiving is a holiday characterized by recognition of good fortune and dedication toward charity, but let's be completely honest. It's also about the food... Don't wait. Stock up on all the Thanksgiving favorites well in advance because those shelves get quite thin as the holiday Thursday approaches. To aid in your pursuit, here's a list of some of the best grocery stores for your Thanksgiving dinner supplies in Oklahoma City, complete with pros and cons for each.

 Also, get Thanksgiving in OKC information on Black Friday shopping, holiday events and more.

OKC Grocery Stores

  • Buy For Less - Buy For Less is a locally-owned grocery store with more than 10 locations in the metro, including stores in Yukon and Norman.

    Pros: Obviously, the name implies the store's primary mission, to keep prices low. And the best part is that doesn't necessarily mean you're sacrificing on the products, as Buy For Less overall is very solid with their selection and quality. It's typically easy to get in and out as well.

    Cons: Perhaps more than any other store on this list, I've found the Buy For Less service and shopping experience to be very uneven depending on location.
     
  • Crest Foods - With several metro locations including Edmond, Moore and Midwest City, Crest grocery stores are well-placed around town to provide a solid Thanksgiving shopping option.

    Pros: Of the purely grocery store options, this is probably your best bet as far as sheer quantity of brands. There really isn't a weak section of the store at Crest, and you can get extra savings with coupon specials.

    Cons: Although large, Crest can often seem just as crowded as Wal-Mart, particularly around Thanksgiving.
     
  • Homeland - Homeland has trended toward reducing locations in the metro area of late, it seems. Nevertheless, there are still a few to choose from in Oklahoma City.

    Pros: Homeland is a pleasant shopping experience, rarely crowded and conveniently compact. The store doubles coupons with the use of a "One" card for extra savings, and you'll find the major brands you seek.

    Cons: The selection is not nearly as great as the other stores, and the prices are higher overall. If you don't use a "One" card, you'll certainly pay more than you would at other places.
     
  • Sprouts Market - With locations on NW 63rd and May Avenue and at NW 122nd and MacArthur in OKC, as well as stores in Edmond, Yukon and Norman, Sprouts has been quite a hit since hitting the metro in the fall of 2011. 

    Pros: Sprouts prides itself on fresh, local products including meat and produce. Simply put, you'll find some of the best quality Thanksgiving ingredients in the metro. Also, prices are not nearly as high as you would expect, particularly if you avoid the everyday, national brand items.

    Cons: Sprouts certainly takes the no-frills approach. This isn't to say the store isn't clean and nice, but in order to keep prices low, the chain buys and renovates older buildings. The north May store, for example, is fairly small and often very busy; finding a parking space and maneuvering through the store can be a challenge.
     
  • Target - There are three primary metro SuperTarget locations: On Penn near Quail Springs Mall, in Edmond on 2nd Street and in Norman on 24th. These are the ones that carry groceries in addition to Target's usual selection.

    Pros: Targets always seem to be very clean and well-kept. You'll find quality brands and food products including an extensive bakery, produce section and fresh as well as frozen turkeys.

    Cons: Although the rest of the store always is quite spacious, the grocery section seems less so. The prices are good on turkeys, but you may not find the name brand ones you prefer. Also, shop early as Target specials run prior to the holiday.
     
  • Trader Joe's - This popular chain entered the OKC market in the fall of 2016 with a location at NW 63rd and Western in Nichols Hills.

    Pros: If you're not familiar, let's just say there's a reason there are so many fans across the country. You'll find so many unique brands and offerings, great customer service, tasting stations and good prices.

    Cons: For many in the metro, it's a long drive up to Nichols Hills to enjoy Trader Joe's. Also, you might not find many of the brands and items you're used to finding at other grocery stores. 
     
  • Uptown Grocery Company - Sprouts and Whole Foods, upped the bar in the metro, so local companies responded. Head to Covell and Kelly in Edmond or Britton and May in the Village to one of the metro's nicer shopping experiences, a concept from the owners of Buy for Less.

    Pros: While Buy for Less concentrates on bargains, Uptown Grocery catches the style. The stores are premium all the way, with excellent prepared items, beautiful decor and plenty of favorites.

    Cons: The prices aren't really the sticker shock you'd expect, but they are higher than some others on this list for some items. Also, with only two locations, here's hoping the company expands, offering greater convenience across the metro.
     
  • Whole Foods - In 2011, the Austin-based natural grocery chain finally opened its first store in Oklahoma City. Located at Classen Curve, Whole Foods offers a number of unique options for Thanksgiving.

    Pros: Not only can you get products that you can't find anywhere else, but Whole Foods OKC also puts a premium on locally produced, quality organic items. Check the "Everyday Value" items around Thanksgiving time to get good deals on holiday staples such as baking items and sauces.

    Cons: If you know Whole Foods from other markets, Oklahoma City's store will seem smaller. Add to that the understandable popularity, and it can be difficult to get in and out. Also, though you can mitigate by being a discerning shopper, prices on some items are higher than other stores.
     
  • Wal-Mart - Whether it's one of their Neighborhood Markets or the many Supercenters, Wal-Mart is one of the top shopping locations for the components of Thanksgiving meals.

    Pros: Odds are there's one very near you. The prices are typically quite competitive and the selection diverse. It's the best option for "one-stop" shopping.

    Cons: Plan on it being one of the more crowded options for Thanksgiving shopping as well. The shelves will be stacked, but you may have to fight through the people to get to what you want. Patience is definitely required here.
     
  • Whole Foods - In 2011, the Austin-based natural grocery chain finally opened its first store in Oklahoma City. Located at Classen Curve, Whole Foods offers a number of unique options for Thanksgiving.

    Pros: Not only can you get products that you can't find anywhere else, but Whole Foods OKC also puts a premium on locally produced, quality organic items. Check the "Everyday Value" items around Thanksgiving time to get good deals on holiday staples such as baking items and sauces.

    Cons: If you know Whole Foods from other markets, Oklahoma City's store will seem smaller. Add to that the understandable popularity, and it can be difficult to get in and out. Also, though you can mitigate by being a discerning shopper, prices on some items are higher than other stores.