These are the best grocery stores in America, according to shoppers

Hollis JohnsonWegmans stores, like this one in Charlottesville, Virginia, offer a ton of variety.
  • Wegmans has been voted the best grocery store chain in the United States for the third consecutive year, according to Market Force Information’s annual survey. In 2017, Wegmans tied for first place with Publix.
  • These two regional chains were ranked highest in terms of store cleanliness and item availability. Wegmans came out on top thanks to high ratings of its specialty departments.
  • America’s largest chain, Walmart, fell to last place.

Wegmans has once again been voted America’s favourite grocery chain.

The New-York based chain, which has fewer than 100 stores, beat out national rivals such as Target, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart to be crowned the best grocery store in the United States for the third consecutive year. In 2017, it was tied for first place with Publix, which is based in the Southeast.

More than 12,700 consumers were asked to rate their favourite US grocery chains on attributes like best value, fastest service, and cleanliness in an annual survey done by Market Force Information, a consumer insights firm.

Both Wegmans and Publix scored highest on store cleanliness and item availability, but Wegmans won the top spot for its specialty department service – these include a deli, coffee shop, and bakery. Trader Joe’s came in at third place and was credited for its fast checkouts and courteous cashiers.

Wegmans has landed at the top of the list for several years in a row thanks in large part to its loyal fans who praise it for its ready-to-eat section. It is best known for offering a ton of variety in its product selection. The company has said that each location stocks up to 70,000 products, while the average supermarket stocks slightly more than 40,000 products, according to the Food Marketing Institute.

Market Force’s scoring system is based on customers’ satisfaction and likelihood to recommend the store to others. Take a look at the rankings below and see how your favourite store fared in the survey:

22. Walmart

Score: 34%

21. Safeway


Score: 42%

20. Giant Food Stores

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Score: 45%

19. Stop & Shop

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Score: 46%

18. Target

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Score: 49%

17. Winn-Dixie Stores


Score: 51%

16. Meijer

Score: 53%

15. Shop Rite

Score: 55%

14. Food Lion

Score: 55%

13. Kroger

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Score: 58%

12. Hy-Vee Food Stores

Score: 58%

11. Whole Foods Market

Score: 60%

10. Sam’s Club


Score: 60%

9. Harris Teeter

Score: 64%

8. Costco

Score: 65%

7. WinCO Foods

Score: 65%

6. Fry’s


Score: 66%

5. H-E-B

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Score: 69%

4. Aldi

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Score: 70%

3. Trader Joe’s

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Score: 75%

2. Publix


Score: 76%

1. Wegmans

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Score: 77%

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