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Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's ranked among best grocery chains

Posted April 4, 2012



Consumer Reports has released their list of top grocery chains and Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Costco are in the top 10! The number one store on the list is Wegmans, which is not located here in North Carolina.

Here are their rankings for the stores in our area that made the top ten:

#2 Trader Joe's

#5 Harris Teeter

#7 Costco

#8 Whole Foods

According to a Triangle Business Journal article  HERE there are some other area stores who also made the list including:

Piggly Wiggly at 13

Aldi at 14

Super Target at 20

Kroger at 37

Sam’s Club at 38

BJ’s Wholesale Club at 42

Walmart and Food Lion came in towards the bottom of the list.

Consumer Reports ranks both national and regional supermarkets in the May 2012 issue. Click HERE for more information from Consumer Reports.

What are your thoughts about the rankings? What are your top 3 or 4 favorite grocery stores here in the Triangle?


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  • geoherb1 Apr 9, 2012

    HT is one of my favorites, but I do more of my shopping at Kroger. Trader Joe's is great for certain items (esp. cereal and nuts), but I can't do a week's worth of shopping there. And Costco is my favorite of the warehouse clubs. I dropped my Sam's membership.

  • GoIrish Apr 9, 2012

    I LOVE Trader Joe's. I have been spoiled by their prices and quality to the point that I find it hard to shop at any other stores. My second choice (for items I can't get at TJs) is Kroger. I just find that I spend less at Kroger than any other chain store. Harris Teeter is just too much work to get a good deal.

  • Unslaved Apr 9, 2012

    I shop exclusively at Harris Teeter because of the organic availability and overall quality produce.

    Harris Teeter has eliminated some key high end items, and because of this, I am displeased with a little with them. I understand that companies are dollar/profit driven, but, Harris Teeter got popular among certain consumers for its international foods, organic foods etc., and it's a let down when the company starts eliminating the better top shelf foods because they aren't selling like the Ramen noodles are.

    Harris Teeter will bend over backwards to keep your business; I found this out for myself. They went beyond reasonable expectations making a bad shopping experience right again. I love Harris Teeter and it is no wonder they rank so high.

  • Daria Apr 7, 2012

    There are definitely some items at HT that are way too high but I agree that you leave the store feeling like you were treated right. I really like Super Target. They have competitive prices, give me an extra 5% off with my Target card, and you can combine store and manufacturer coupons. They may not carry everything but what you find is a good deal. The quality of the meat is also very good.

  • samr Apr 7, 2012

    You have to shop smart at HT and the upper names on the list --- use coupons and weekly specials. For folks on a budget, HT, TJ can be prohibitive (HT can sometimes charge almost a dollar more for an item than at FL or Walmart). I've developed a system where I shop for most non-perishable items at FL or Walmart and buy fresh ingredients (meat, fish, fruit and veggies) at either HT or Whole Foods. I personally think that HT is a bit arrogant in thier price structure.

  • caniacman Apr 6, 2012

    I think with HT, Lowes, Kroger the key is coupons and only buying sale items, if so it is about the same as walmart and their brands. That said we go to Aldi's once a month for the main items and save more then at any of the other places and the quality for no name brands are good.

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 6, 2012

    personally i can't find anything at trader joes that is really good quality. it's just over marketed average tasting food.

  • rlissow Apr 6, 2012

    Wegman's is definitely the best. It's like Harris Teeter but with more affordable prices. In NY they always carry fresh, local produce and their selection of items is great. They offer scholarships to their high school employees and everyone is always helpful. Time to lobby Danny Wegman- we need a store for the transplants down here!

  • IzzMad2016 Apr 6, 2012

    I rarely go anywhere but Teeter. Because the double coupons up to 99 cents every day my coupons get better savings if I use them at Teeter instead of the stores that only double up to 50 cents. Plus I don't think their eVic deals can be beat. I take serious advantage of their BoGo deals which can be an absolute gold mine if you can combine the BoGo items with a coupon. Love me some Harris Teeter!!

  • wrx44 Apr 6, 2012

    HT is great, but you pay for it. I go to HT, Aldi Walmart, Super Target, and Food Lion. There is no point paying a lot more for detergent or fruit, etc at HT, when you can get it cheaper at other stores. However, HT has better specialty items.

    So while HT is nicer, there is no point paying a premium on every item, which is what you do when you shop at HT. If money is no object, then I would never to anywhere else either.