Progress and A to Z are my favs. The customer service is excellent.
I do not like A&A. I find them rude and they often don't have what
I'm looking for even when I call first! I guess they're too lazy to
check inventory for me on the phone.
Once at A&A, I was being rung up- at the register- and they were
pretty busy so I had waited to get to the register. Someone else
came in and the salesperson who was helping me left me, with barely
an "excuse me" and started to help the other customer. I don't care
how small potatoes I am, that is rude! After a minute, I went up to
the salesperson and asked if he could finish my sale as I had an
appointment. He responded like I was being rude, and asked me to
wait a moment, turning back to the customer that had come in after
me. I left, didn't buy what I planned on and have never been back.
That's the happy day I walked down the street and found A to Z.
A to Z might not always have what you need, but they will order it if
they're out of stock. Progress is the same way. I think A to Z might
be a bit cheaper. There's also Saussanioun (sp?) on Olive (right near
Progress) if you're in a pinch. They seem to have hard to find items,
but I find their prices to be a tiny bit higher than the others.