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Consumer Reports ranks Publix as top local grocery store

Posted May 28, 2015

Publix produce dept.

In a new story from Monica Laliberte with WRAL's 5 on Your Side, you'll see the results of the recent Consumer Reports grocery store rankings. The top store in our area is Publix. See how the rest of our local stores fared!

The stores were voted on by over 62,000 Consumer Reports subscribers who rated multiple shopping trips over a period of 16 months during 2013 and 2014. Below are the rankings for our local stores as well as the top and bottom ranked stores. I am thrilled to see that we have 8 stores in the Triangle who are in the top 25.

Store Rank and Store Name

1. Wegmans - this New York based store has had the top spot in this survey for 10 years!
2. Publix
3. Trader Joe’s
6. Costco
9. The Fresh Market
14. ALDI
15. Whole Foods Market
17. Harris Teeter
25. Lowes Foods
31. Kroger
34. IGA
37. Piggly Wiggly
42. BJ’s Wholesale Club
45. Target
46. BI-LO
47. Sam’s Club
52. Food Lion
67. Walmart
68. Waldbaums - This Northeast grocery chain is owned by the same folks who own Pathmark and A&P (#65 and #66 in the rankings).

See more about the rankings and Monica's story on the news in the links above.

Do you agree with the rankings?

Who is your #1 favorite grocery store in our area?


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  • jsutton0 May 28, 2015

    I like food lion best....HT does double coupons but on a daily basis they are just too expensive for me. I went to a Public once and they have outrageous prices. I live in Smithfield, and I'm not wasting my gas just to try to save money at a different grocery store. Yes, you can find unique and different varieties from other stores, but Food Lion has good prices every day. They are also remodeling their stores too. I have 8 to 10 stores that is within a 10-15 mile radius of me, I don't need to go anywhere else.

  • grafted May 28, 2015

    re: my previous comment --- meaning Kroger should let HT "do their thing" and not change a bunch of stuff. ;-)

  • grafted May 28, 2015

    HT definitely - and I hope Kroger sees how much higher HT ranks than the Kroger stores!

  • karihokie May 28, 2015

    HT all the way!!!

  • TJ84 May 28, 2015

    Harris Teeter is #1 for me! I've been to a Publix once in Florida and wasn't that impressed. I also like Aldi's produce specials.

  • luvstoQ May 28, 2015

    Don't know anything about Publix (except they don't double coupons), so can't dispute the #1 spot, buuutttt, how can Costco, Trader Joe's (which has never impressed me), and ALDI come before HT????? I don't see a 'close' comparison!

    I do like ALDI, but they are 'very' limited, and I only go there for their produce specials. Have tried a few of their brands and won't buy them again.

    Oh, well, guess I'm in the minority, evidently! Won't change my mind though! ;-)