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Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

Perth
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Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

Hi, could anyone tell me what the largest grocery store in Fresno is called and where it is located? Looking for a varied range of foods deli, meats, dairy etc etc. Stocking up for a trip into Yosemite and beyond with two small children. Also, if there is a camping store (and its location) that might sell things like those transportable metal fire grates and small tents - that sort of thing. Any help very much appreciated.

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1. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

For a camping store, there's an REI in Fresno that should be able to meet your needs. http://www.rei.com/stores/112

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2. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

>> small tents <<

Not sure where you're planning to stay, but many - if not most - RV parks do not allow tents. More rustic "campgrounds" will.

Walmart sells a lot of camping supplies as well as groceries if it's a SuperStore.

Perth
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3. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

Hi half-Brit - yes tent only wanted for really 'rustic' campgrounds with no attendant - we want a very small, cheap (pref pop up one) to pitch on our site when we arent there (I know that there is normally a slip of paper you fill in - but from experience its better if there is a visual for people so they know the pitch is taken - we want to take our table and chairs with us so dont want to leave those behind. Last thing we wanna do is have an arguement in the middle of nowhere over a camp site.

Thanks for link wanderer - will check it out.

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4. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

Many RV folks leave a few cheap folding chairs by the fire or a colorful table cloth on the picnic table (all campsites have a table!) when they're away from the campsite. I saw one person make an "occupied" sign, hang it on his chair, and leave the chair in the "driveway" to his campsite.

A cheap tent just for play time for your kids & to occupy your campsite is better purchased at Target or (ick) Walmart. You might also look at Big 5. I love REI, but when I buy a tent there, it's $$$ and lasts for 20 years. I don't think you're looking for that kind of quality!

I would stop at Von's in Oakhurst, or perhaps Raley's. Both are full service grocery stores about 30 minutes from the South Entrance to the Park. Turn left just as you enter Oakhurst at the traffic light (toward Mariposa.) Von's will be on the left and Raley's on the right.

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5. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

We always stop at the Costco in north Fresno before heading up into the mountains. It's at 7100 N. Abby Street, you get off Highway 41 at Herndon, turn left on Herndon and right at Blackstone. Very close to Highway 41. There are great choices there for camping and backpacking... all kinds of trail mixes to choose from, and the small sealed packages of chocolate milk are ideal because they don't require refrigeration. Excellent meat department too. We also gas up and get some hot food too. You must be a Costco member to buy there and buy gas, but you do not need to be for the hot food take-out.

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6. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

As mentioned Wal-Mart &Target will have some camping items. Also Big 5 Sporting Goods as they tend to be a little cheaper.

There is a Winco market on west Shaw btn Brawley & Hwy 99. If you don't want to dirve out there, just about any newer grocery store will have meat & deli counters.

Fresno, California
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7. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

Just a couple of other additions to this info.

Oakhurst is a good stop for groceries. But if you prefer to make all of your stops in Fresno, there are 2 grocery stores located 1 mile east of the REI and Costco stores mentioned. Take Nees Avenue east from the shopping center where REI is located. Both Vons and SaveMart are at different corners of the intersection of Nees and First Street, both on the south (right hand) side.

Closest Walmart to Highway 41 is on Herndon Avenue, 1 mile west of Highway 41.

Targets, like Walmart, also have sporting goods and some groceries. The most convenient would be either at 7600 N. Blackstone near the REI or the Target west of the Bullard Avenue exit from Freeway 41 at Bullard and Blackstone.

And a couple of soon-to-be-available choices in case these questions get asked in the future:

Dick's Sporting Goods will open a Fresno location in June. At 50,000 sq ft it will be the largest sporting goods store in the area (almost twice the size of Fresno's REI). The location is on Shaw Ave about 2 miles east of Highway 99 and 3 miles west of Highway 41, so a little less convenient than REI. But some may prefer it.

Also, a travel center/fuel station is under construction on tribal land at the entrance to Chukchansi Resort and Casino. When fully open in a few months it will have the lowest gasoline prices on Highway 41 north of Fresno.

Edited: 15 February 2011, 02:10
Perth
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8. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

Wow.. thanks everyone for brilliant info. Yes, Pacific - certainly see what you are saying with the tent... REI looks a bit upmarket for us - just want it for play for kids and to hold spot so not worth dishing out dollars, but then we do want other camping stuff so gotta strike a balance. Thanks for info on Vons - we dont have a clue about major chains over there so hard to google anything... I'm now thinking Bakersfield might be a better bet to stock up as they have both a Walmart and a Vons, plus if our day goes to plan we will probably hitting it around lunch time so solves that problem aswell. Theres a couple of items I am looking at on Walmarts site which they say are only available online - cant find info on their site - do you know if its possible to order online and and get stuff delivered to a store for pickup??

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9. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

The other best option is sports authority. There are two, yes two located across the street from each other and in the same area as REI. They have more camping equipment than the Walmart does. I'm an avid camper and know the inventory of most of the stores.

REI also rents equipment if you are coming back through Fresno. They rent tents, sleeping bags, pads, and cook stoves. check out rei.com for information.

I would get my groceries in Oakhurst. There is no convenient grocery store close to the camping stores, and you can get on highway 41 easily from REI and sports authority.

Fresno, CA
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10. Re: Best/biggest grocery store and camping store in Fresno???

yes you can order online from walmart and pick up at the store of your choice. You pay for it online and have to print out the receipt and show at the site to store pickup area. I just did that with a utility sled for winter camping. I would shop in either Fresno or Oakhurst or split it up. Bakersfield in over 1.5 hours from Fresno. Fresno is also bigger. All the stores that have been mentioned are easy to find from highway 41.

Walmart does have limited food available as well. Milk, egss and packaged food. No fruit or veg.

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