What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
The Washington, D.C., metro area boasts an abundance of shopping opportunities, such as pharmacies, supermarkets, department stores, and outdoor and indoor malls.

In case of an emergency, you’re advised to bring enough prescription medication with you until you have established the availability of the medication locally.
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
You will not have any problems finding clothes to fit as most clothing stores carry a wide assortment of sizes. There are also many specialty shops for taller and larger people. Check the local area phone book for listing. If a garment needs to be fitted, many of the local dry cleaners can provide tailoring services. Most suit shops provide fitting services as well.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
There are many grocery stores to choose from. There are small -owned markets, smaller specialty markets and large chain stores, such as Safeway, Wegmans and Giant. Depending on your personal preferences and the diverse cultures that live in Washington, D.C., you should be able to find all of your favorite foods.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Household items can be found at most malls and in specific department stores. Large chain stores, such as Walmart, Target, IKEA and Kmart, also sell a wide variety of household items.

For furniture needs, there are specific furniture stores that specialize in furniture from different countries and regions around the world. Department stores, such as Macy's or JCPenney, carry furniture as well, but with a more limited selection.
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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Price is the number one factor when shopping. Other factors might include special needs and location. Keep in mind that some stores will not deliver items to you if you live outside their delivery range. 
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.