One of my local chain grocery stores has two locations–one is three minutes away and the other seven. While the closer location is faster to get to, the one that is farther away is better lit, the aisles are wider, the selection more extensive, and items are almost always in stock! They are very good about ordering lots of extras for sales, while the closer location runs out frequently. This is especially important for promotions that won’t work with a rain check at a later date. For me, the extra 4 minute drive there and back is worth it.
When your store knows their policy and is great with coupons, this is a big plus! Sometimes the stores that have the biggest discounts are a headache to shop, so you may choose to make a switch. Get to know the ins and outs of a new store to try so you can save the most and hopefully make up the cost (or exceed the savings!). If you love to price match, you may prefer Target to Walmart (or vice-versa, depending on your store). If you have multiple drugstores, consider swapping for a few trial weeks.
Better location perks include wide aisles, coupon friendly, well-lit store, big promos and sales, better selection (e.g. produce, markdowns and clearance, organic/natural choices), ability to stack store and manufacturer coupons, easy to navigate store layout, doubling/tripling coupons, close by your residence or other stores you shop, price match guarantee, knowledge of policies, products in stock, easy return policy, and longer hours.