Friendly faces and excellent customer care... could you ask for more?

I'm a girl who loves food. However, shopping for food is not always my favorite. Call me rude, but sometimes I just want to shop in a store that is cart free and be able to take my time. I don't like being in people's way and sometimes when you're trying to plan out your menu in the store, it happens.

I should get better about making a list.

There are times that shopping is super enjoyable. The people are friendly and the staff is extremely helpful. I like those times. And, according to this survey, you'll have a better customer experience as some stores that you will at others.

Specifically Costco.

23 percent of the survey takers chose Costco Wholesale as the number one store for customer service in the nation. Obviously shoppers love the low prices on bulk items, not to mention the tasty food lurking in every aisle. However, it's also the staff that has us pulling up our carts for more.

While we don't have a location in Cheyenne, we do have one that's... close. It's 45 minutes away in Fort Collins, Colorado.

What other stores made the list? Check out the list below. And feel free to shout out your favorite store in the comments.

Top Grocery Stores in the Nation for Customer Service

Costco Wholesale - 23%

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Trader Joe's - 22.7%

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Target - 21%

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Whole Foods - 15%

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Kroger - 14%

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CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center

In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.

Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Starting in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence.  A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.

As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and the new construction began. 

The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses. 

Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.


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