America's Best Supermarkets

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    Apr 29, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    The Daily meal did a poll to find the country's favortie supermarkets. I agree with first choice. We shop at Trader Joe's often. Whole Foods market, not so much. Back in the day it used to be something more special, but because of the way Americans shop today, the stuff at Whole Foods is not so unique anymore. You can find much of the same items elsewhere at much cheaper prices.

    1. Trader Joe's
    2. Whole Foods Market
    3. Costco
    4. Publix
    5. Stew Leonard's
    6. Wegmans
    7. Food Bazaar Supermarkets
    8. Stop & Shop
    9. SuperTarget
    10. Walmart Supercenters
    11. Kroger
    12. BJ’s Wholesale Club
    13. ShopRite
    14. Fairway Market
    15. Aldi
    16. Piggly Wiggly
    17. Sprouts Farmers Market
    18. Winn-Dixie
    19. H.E.B.
    20. Meijer
    21. Pathmark
    22. Ralphs
    23. Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers
    24. Ingles
    25. Safeway Inc.
    26. Fareway
    27. A&P Supermarkets
    28. Shop n’ Save
    29. Hy-Vee
    30. Giant Eagle
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    I find the same items at Trader Joe's every time I go, both at the one near our home in Michigan and the one near our home in California. They specialize in their house brands. The problem with Trader Joe's is that, due to its size, it is difficult to get all your grocery shopping done there and usually have to go elsewhere to get everything on your list.

    One thing about this list, being a store at #28 does not mean it is a store people hated. This is the top 30 chosen by people from a list of 100 and that list was originally whittled down from a larger list by staff at website.
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    May 01, 2014 12:48 PM GMT
    Here is our own British supermarket line-up, in descending order of quality (though not necessarily popularity).

    1. Marks & Spencer: Tottering retail titan and purveyor of uber-respectable fayre to the middle classes. Lots of retired folk eyeing up the fish pie. Few can seriously afford to do their weekly shop here and yet M&S nosh continues to spin a very tidy profit.

    2. Waitrose: Think Clinique counter, but thirty times bigger and full of food. Tends to be overpriced, but soothing 'retail heaven' atmosphere and partnership-happy staff more than make up for this. No-nonsense and decent quality 'essentials' range makes it accessible even to us mere mortals. Nary a screaming child nor down-at-heel adult to be seen.

    3. Sainsbury's: Venerable grocery store wherein Middle England reports for its weekly shop. Sensibly sticks to what it knows (while staying relevant) and does it well, rather than trying to sell tellies, slippers and other stuff better bought on Amazon.

    4. Tesco: Once all-powerful mid-range retail juggernaut, with bewildering selection of stock, now laid somewhat lower by the likes of Aldi and Lidl (and at the other end by Waitrose). Profit margins not helped by ill-advised forays into overseas markets ("Fresh & Easy" it wasn't).

    5. Morrisons: Popular and thrifty northern family-owned supermarket chain, later went national, gobbling-up Safeway en route. All presided over by straight-talking eponymous Ken Morrison, who eventually had to be gently levered off the Board with a tyre iron. Never tried to be all things to all men (see Tesco), sticking firmly to traditional supermarket staples. Nonetheless continues to lose ground to seemingly unstoppable Teutonic advance of Lidl and Aldi.

    6. Asda: Nineteen-sixties supermarket spin-off from milk pedaling Associated Dairies. Now part of global behemoth, general purveyor of cheap tat, retail park vandal and slave wage specialist, Walmart. Cheap, hectic and headache-inducing retail experience.

    7. Lidl and Aldi: Although completely separate companies, these continental upstarts are lumped together here for convenience, as without the signage (and sometimes with it) you'd be hard put to tell them apart. Urban myth about the two companies being owned by rivalrous brüder persists, despite being firmly debunked. No-nonsense retail spaces laid out with German-style efficiency, but still basically founded on pile-it-high-sell-it-cheap principle. Recession-busting tactics have sent established middling supermarket chains (see Tesco and Morrisons) into 're-invention' blind panic and have drawn some custom from all other strata in supermarket pecking order. Basically a race to the bottom, wherein the ultimate losers are underpaid and overworked staff.
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    May 01, 2014 1:25 PM GMT
    I wouldn't call this a list of "best" supermarkets, but rather a list of "popular" supermarkets.

    Markets that have a broader regional, or even national, footprint will poll better since they have more name recognition. Smaller state/regional chains will get bounced from the list even if they have better service/products than chains farther up the list.

    Locally, Market Basket would place higher than Walmart, Target, Costco, or Stop & Shop.
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    May 01, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    My local grocery store (Berkeley Bowl West) is excellent. It would be provincial to suggest that it's the best grocery store in the country, but I have yet to find a better one anywhere. Its hours suck though - 9-8 on weekdays and 10-7 on weekends. Hard for me since I commute and work out.

    Trader Joe's at the top of the list annoys me because you can't cook with things purchased there. It's a store where you get things that you can pop in the microwave or stick directly in the oven. The vegetables are all pre-chopped. Meat is all pre-cooked. Baking ingredients are all pre-combined so that you can't bake from scratch, you have to follow the box recipe.

    Honestly, it's very convenient and during busier periods in my life, I'll shop frequently at TJ's just because it's a relatively easy way to feed myself, but if you actually plan to do any cooking, you won't find what you need there.
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    May 01, 2014 3:24 PM GMT
    I grew up with Publix, a great supermarket which in no way possible compares to New York's fantastic Fairway Market. "Best" needs to be qualified here.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 01, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    Fresh Market deserves to be high on the list as well. Maybe the chain is only in smaller markets and thus doesn't get as much national notice. Good store, though. Add Publix for staples and Wall Mart for alcohol, done.
  • kuroshiro

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    May 01, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    Consumer Reports did a similar poll a little while back. My former employer that I was a part of for almost twelve years (Wegmans) ranks number 1 on their list.

    Interesting to see that #5 is Sprouts, a company I recently applied to for store manager.
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    May 16, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
    i like costCo membership warehouse for food. You can complete your shopping trip in much less time. Their quality is slightly above average. Liberal return policies.

    -you will not find everything you need or at random items get discontinued.
    -they have banker's hours, not open very early or very late in the day.
    -CostCo only has limited stores in some states.
    -they only take american express.
    -generally the appliance and technology items they sell are best purchased elsewhere.
    -some of their furniture and home products are hideous.
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    May 17, 2014 5:46 PM GMT
    We have a Fresh Market over in Miami Beach. Very nice store.