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Price check: The Sun shops for the same items at eight stores and compares the bills

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Steve Marcus

A clerk at the meat counter fills a customer gets sliced ham for a customer during the grand opening a WinCo Foods supermarket at Stephanie Street and Wigwam Parkway in Henderson Sunday, March 4, 2012. The Boise-based supermarket chain opened their 81st and 82nd stores Sunday, their first stores in Southern Nevada.

Grab a cart, shoppers, and join us as we compare prices at several Las Vegas Valley grocery stores.

For our snapshot comparison, we hit eight grocers and checked on nine items over the noon hour Friday. We included items from various departments on our shopping list, and we looked both for prices on specific products and for the lowest price on a general type of item. For instance, we priced a 10.5-ounce bag of Lays Classic potato chips, but looked for the lowest price on white bread regardless of brand.

Specifically, our shopping list was as follows:

• Lowest price on a gallon of 1 percent low-fat milk

• Lowest price on a 1-pound chub pack of ground beef

• Lowest price on a loaf of white bread

• 14-ounce box of Cheerios

• 1-pound bag of Gala apples

• 13.72-ounce package of Chips Ahoy! cookies

• 10.5-ounce bag of Lays Classic potato chips

• Lowest price on a 1-pound slab of bacon

• Lowest price on a head of iceberg lettuce

When applicable, our list contains prices offered to frequent-shopper discount club members. Also, the list features the price of a single item in all cases — even though, in some cases, they were part of two-for-one and similar deals.

With that, off we go.

    • Three-year-old twins Armann, left, and Aryan Saadi wear Winco hats as their mother shops during the grand opening a WinCo Foods supermarket at Stephanie Street and Wigwam Parkway in Henderson Sunday, March 4, 2012. The Boise-based supermarket chain opened their 81st and 82nd stores Sunday, their first stores in Southern Nevada. STEVE MARCUS

      WinCo, 80 N. Stephanie St., Henderson



      Milk — $2.48

      Ground beef — $2.98

      Bread — 98 cents

      14-ounce Cheerios — $1.78

      Gala apples — 88 cents

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $1.98

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $1.98

      Bacon — $2.18

      Iceberg lettuce — 68 cents

      Total — $15.92

    • **FILE**An Albertsons supermarket is shown in a Mountain View, Calif. file photo from May 30, 2006. Ross Stores said the company will acquire 46 Albertsons supermarket sites in six states, including California, as part of its ambitious expansion plans for next year.

      Albertsons, 2851 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson



      Milk — $2.89

      Ground beef — $3.19

      Bread — 99 cents

      14-ounce Cheerios — $4.29

      Gala apples — $1.49

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $2.99

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $3.79

      Bacon — $3.99

      Iceberg lettuce — $1.29

      Total — $24.91

    • Raul Rios, left, and Rosalinda Ramirez attend to their 5-month-old daughter Angel Mayen, as they leave a Los Angeles Vons grocery store, Oct. 30, 1996. Safeway Inc. proposed a stock-swap merger with the Vons Companies Inc., to create a California grocery giant that would be the second-largest in North America.

      Vons, 2667 E. Windmill Parkway, Henderson



      Milk — $2.79

      Ground beef — $3.99

      Bread — 99 cents

      14-ounce Cheerios — $3.89

      Gala apples — $1.49

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $3.29

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $4.29

      Bacon — $2.99

      Iceberg lettuce — $1.29

      Total — $25.01

    • Food 4 Less, 2271 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson



      Milk — $2.48

      Ground beef — $3.68

      Bread — 98 cents

      14-ounce Cheerios — $4.38

      Gala apples — 58 cents

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $2.75

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $1.98

      Bacon — $2.28

      Iceberg lettuce — 68 cents

      Total — $19.79

    • Smith's, 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson



      Milk — $2.50

      Ground beef — $2.99

      Bread — $1

      14-ounce Cheerios — $3.19

      Gala apples — 99 cents

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $3.18

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $2.49

      Bacon — $4.29

      Iceberg lettuce — 72 cents

      Total — $21.35

    • The new Fresh & Easy set to open March 21 near South Decatur Boulevard and West Cactus Avenue in Las Vegas on Monday, March 19, 2012.

      Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, 8500 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas



      Milk — $2.79

      Ground beef — $4.79

      Bread — 98 cents

      14-ounce Cheerios — $3.99

      Gala apples — $2.07

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $3

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $3.49

      Bacon — $2.29

      Iceberg lettuce — 98 cents

      Total — $24.38

      Notes: Fresh & Easy does not sell apples by the pound, but rather individually. The price of Gala apples was 69 cents each. With three apples generally equaling a pound, the per-pound price would be $2.07. Also, the store does not sell chub packs of ground beef.
    • Walmart Supercenter, 2310 E. Serene Ave., Las Vegas



      Milk — $2.98

      Ground beef — $3.18

      Bread — $1.38

      14-ounce Cheerios — $2.84

      Gala apples — 87 cents

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $2.50

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $2.68

      Bacon — $3.78

      Iceberg lettuce — 87 cents

      Total — $21.08

    • Whole Foods Market, 100 South Green Valley Parkway, Henderson



      Milk — $2.99

      Ground beef — $4.99

      Bread — $2.69

      14-ounce Cheerios — $3.99

      Gala apples — $2.49

      13.72-ounce Chips Ahoy! — $3.69

      10.5-ounce Lays Classic chips — $2.99

      Bacon — $4.99

      Iceberg lettuce — $1.99

      Total — $30.81

      Notes: Whole Foods does not carry Chips Ahoy! and Lays Classic potato chips. Prices listed are for comparable Whole Foods brands.

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