In case you couldn't tell, I'm a big fan of Food Bazaar. And so when I was driving through Bridgeport, CT, I had to stop at this store. At 61,000 square feet, it's one of their biggest. It was built as a Shaw's in 1997 but was a failure and closed soon after. In 2007, Bogopa (the parent company of Food Bazaar) announced they were taking over the location. The new store opened in 2010.
From what I could see on my visit, this Food Bazaar is a huge success! The parking lot was jammed and the store was very busy. Almost every register was open.
I don't know what Shaw's layout would have been, but in Food Bazaar, you enter on the far right (under the glass section). The bakery is to your right, and produce is straight ahead. Along the right-side wall is the deli/prepared foods section, including a few tables to sit and eat in-store, with seafood in the back right corner.
Continuing along the back of the store, we see the meat department service counter. The packaged meat is actually in one of the aisles, and dairy is actually along the back wall where meat usually is.
Farmers Market by Food Bazaar, focusing on the fresh departments.
Food Bazaar Supermarket
Open Daily 7AM-10:30PM
My Rating: ★★★★☆