The Country’s Best Supermarkets: Do You Agree?
Consumer Reports has announced its best supermarkets of the U.S. —is your local store on the list? I like nothing better than a supermarket with fresh produce, short lines and a magazine aisle that goes on for days, but what do you look for in yours? Keep reading to find out which shops are at the top! More after the jump…
What do you look for in a good market? Most of us would say good prices, friendly service and a short line.
This year the Northeast is home of the country’s top supermarket as judged by over 24,000 readers of Consumer Reports. Chains were rated on their service, quality of meat, fish and produce and, of course—price points! The May issue of the magazine will also include tips for shopping on a budget, as so many Americans are doing every day. One of the most eye-catching tips is that buying store brands over name brands can save the consumer upwards of 60%!
Most surprising may be that shops such as Target and Whole Foods don’t even appear in the top ten. Most of the top stores are chains that focus on the customer and not the big picture.
The Top Five Supermarkets are:
5. Costco – Consumer Reports Score: 83 of 100
Locations include 40 states and 9 countries!
4. Fareway – Consumer Reports Score: 84 of 100
Locations include Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota
3. Publix - Consumer Reports Score: 85 of 100
Locations include Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina
2. Trader Joe’s – Consumer Reports Score: 86 of 100
Locations in over 30 states with California dominating with over half of the store’s locations
1. Wegman’s – Consumer Reports Score: 88 of 100
Locations are mainly East-coasted based with states such as Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania
Other stores in the top ten include Harris Teeter and Hy-Vee. Born and raised in Chicago, I primarily shop at specialty shops including Polish and Mexican markets that always have the freshest produce. Our options in terms of large chains are Jewel (Albertson’s), Dominick’s, Whole Foods and Traders Joe’s, which claimed the #2 spot. I love shopping for parties at Joe’s; they have both organic ingredients and frozen appetizers that always hit the mark when it comes to price and flavor.
What is your go-to supermarket? What makes a supermarket a good place to shop: service, price? Let us know in the COMMENTS!
Until next time,