Abaco/Marsh Harbour is lucky to have 2 great grocery stores, and they are both well stocked. The largest and best grocery stories are Maxwell’s Supermarket and Abaco Grocery. There is also a large Variety Store in Murphy Town, and a convenience store at the Big Bird Chicken Farm (see below for details), which is only 6 miles from Casuarina Point! And…another great option is the Cherokee Food Fair in Cherokee Sound – just across the water from Casuarina.
This is Maxwell’s:
Maxwell’s is very much like any large US grocery store – with a large selection to choose from. The ship usually arrives on Monday, so by Wednesday afternoon the shelves are most completely stocked. The shipping schedule is back to normal unless there are storms at sea and the boat schedules might change.
Maxwell’s Supermarket HOURS – published April 22, 2023:
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
Friday & Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm
Here is a link to their facebook page: Maxwell’s Supermarket & Home Store
The information about the furniture and hardware sections of the store are from older posted information.
Maxwell’s Furniture Department: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays: CLOSED
Maxwell’ Lumber & Building Materials: Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays: CLOSED
They have shorter hours (and sometimes are closed all day) on Bahamian Holidays, so you should check their facebook page. They still do not have a landline phone working (May 2021). See sample prices at the end of this page. PLEASE NOTE: Maxwell’s does NOT accept American Express. I have also been to Maxwell’s more than once when they had a sign on the door saying their credit card system was down, so it was cash only that day.
I have updated the sample price list at the bottom of this page – on February 24, 2020, so scroll down if you want an idea of current pricing for groceries.
Abaco Grocery is a large, warehouse style store with some bulk packaging, but it also has small quantities. It is located just north of the airport roundabout and it is open every day, with earlier closing on Sundays. These are the current hours posted January 12, 2023:
1-242-577-2014 Email: Orders@AbacoGroceries.com
BIG BIRD FARM & CONVENIENCE STORE
Big Bird Chicken Farm is a GREAT option that is close to Casuarina Point – and it has a CONVENIENCE STORE with a wonderful variety of items for sale – plus wine & liquor. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. They have special dinners for takeout about 2 days a week – usually Wednesdays and Fridays. Brock is a GOOD cook! Look for them on facebook to find out when the meals will be offered.
Another option with longer hours: Park View Variety Store:
Some groceries are quite a bit more expensive in Abaco than in the US, because most are imported from the US. To give you an idea of pricing, here are some sample prices from JANUARY 2022. ADD 10% VAT to most items.
* 200g KerryGold Butter: $3.00
*Hass Avocado: $1.99
*Asparagus bunch; $5.20
*Sweet Red Pepper: $4.99/lb.
*Red Onion: $2.48/lb.
*Chicken Wings: $2.67/lb.
*8 oz. Hillandale Pepper Jack Cheese sliced: $3.99
*Sour Cream 14 oz. squeeze tube: $3.89
*Digiorno Rising Crust Supreme Pizza 31.5 oz: $11.99
*Muellers Angel Hair Pasta 16 oz: $2.69
*Kirkland 100% Colombian Coffee 3 lbs: $20.99
*Borden 2% Milk Half Gallon: $4.50
*Hillandale Farms XL eggs, 12 ct: $2.73
*Pork chops, frozen, center cut: $3.45/lb
*Broccoli Crowns: $5.18/lb
*F&V Mushrooms, 8 oz: $3.09
*IBP Choice Ground Chuck Fresh: $7.14/lb
*Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce, canned: $2.77
*Mezzetta Colossal Fancy Olives 10 oz: $11.25
*Folgers Black Silk Coffee, 24.2 oz: $16.47
*MF Feta Crumbles 4 oz: $4.00
* Yellow Onions – 3 lbs: $3.27
*Kerry Gold Butter 8 oz: $2.95
*Essential Ruby Red Grapefruit Cocktail 64 oz: $5.76
*6 pack Schweepes Club Soda 12 oz cans: $4.55
*Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake Mix: $4.20
*Horizon Organic Whole Milk 64 oz: $7.59
*Crisco Vegetable Oil 32 oz: $4.78
*Hellmann’s Real Mayo 30 oz: $7.53
*Vidalia Onions: $1.32/pound
*Gold Yukon Potato, 5 pound bag: $7.68
*Kellogg Crispix Cereal 12 oz.: $6.38
* Fresh Limes: $0.64 each
*Broccoli Crowns: $1.09/pound
*Borden Whole Mile 1/2 gallon: $3.27
*Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread; $3.09
*Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisen Bread: $5.00
*Frozen Center Cut Pork Chops: $2.09/pound
*Small Bosc Pear: $1.07 each
*Large Fuji Apple; $1.59 each
I hope this will give you an idea of what to expect.