America’s grocery stores ranked from best to worst

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Publix and Wegmans tied for first place in a just-released consumer study of America’s favorite grocery stores, while Walmart was at the bottom of the list.

It’s the second year that Wegmans held the top spot, according to Market Force researchers.

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The survey of more than 12,700 shoppers found that Trader Joe’s, a former long-running favorite until it was unseated by Wegmans in 2016, came in a very close second this year.

Two of Clark’s favorite places to shop, Aldi and Costco, also placed near the top of the pack.

  • Publix
  • Wegmans
  • Trader Joe’s
  • H-E-B
  • Aldi
  • Harris Teeter
  • Hy-Vee
  • Costco
  • WinCo
  • Whole Foods
  • Fry’s
  • Kroger
  • Target
  • Winn-Dixie
  • ShopRite
  • Food Lion
  • Albertsons
  • Meijer
  • Sam’s Club
  • Giant Food
  • Safeway
  • Stop & Shop
  • Walmart

What makes the leading stores so special? In addition to the overall ranking, the retailers were rated based on key attributes that shoppers look for.

Here are the top grocery chains in key categories:

  • Value for money: Aldi
  • Cashier courtesy: Trader Joe’s
  • Fast checkouts: Publix
  • Availability of items: Publix
  • Ease of finding items: Publix
  • Specialty department service: Wegmans
  • Store cleanliness: Publix

Wegmans is known for its quality produce, reasonable prices and impressive selection — the stores are huge!

Meanwhile, as the largest employee-owned grocery store in the country, Publix is known for its excellent customer service and uses the motto, “Where shopping is a pleasure.”


People also seem to really like their freshly prepared subs:

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