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The Best and the Worst: 2017 Grocery Store Rankings

Posted June 14


Wondering where your favorite grocery store ranks compared to other stores?

Here's a list from Consumer Reports ranking 62 grocers nationally including Harris Teeter, Aldi, Publix, Lowes Foods, Food Lion, Walmart, Target and more.

You probably won't be surprised at the lowest ranked store on the list.

Thanks to CouponsInTheNews.com for sharing the full list and for putting together a slideshow of the 16 worst stores based on the survey results.

Here are the rankings of the top 10 in the country and our local North Carolina stores:

Top 10 Stores

1. Wegmans
2. Market Basket
3. Trader Joe's
4. Publix
5. Fareway Stores
6. Costco
7. Military Commissary
8. Festival Foods
9. Stater Bros.
10. H-E-B

NC Store Rankings

3. Trader Joe's

4. Publix

6. Costco

11. Sprouts Farmers Market

13. ALDI

23. Harris Teeter

25. Lowes Foods

30. Whole Foods Market

31. Kroger

32. BJ's Wholesale Club

39. Sam's Club

42. IGA

44. Target

45. Food Lion

46. BI-LO

62. Walmart

And the #1 store, Wegmans will be coming to NC in 2018.

Once again, Wegmans is at the top of the list. I can't wait for their Triangle area stores to open. And it is interesting to see Sprouts come in at number 11 ahead of Aldi and Harris Teeter. Poor Walmart just can't seem to move away from the bottom of the list.

According to CouponsInTheNews.com, "Consumer Reports surveyed more than 50,000 readers over a 14-month period ending last September, asking shoppers to rate their overall satisfaction with nearly 100,000 individual grocery shopping trips, on a 100-point scale. Among the criteria used to calculate the rankings are store cleanliness, prices, food quality, staff courtesy and checkout speed."

Details about new Wegmans locations opening in North Carolina

Details about new Sprouts location open in Raleigh

Are you surprised by any of the rankings?

Which grocery store do you go to most often?






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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 14, 3:51 p.m.

    conimans - it's a national survey but I included it in the NC stores list because it is coming our way in 2018.

  • observant Jun 14, 3:13 p.m.

    Where are some of these stores ??
    After hearing so MUCH praise ( here at the blog) about Wegman's, I would like to visit one but I am afraid it will be too far from me (and probably too expensive as well ) for me to shop at more than once or twice a year if ever .
    Unless the Kroger ranking is most of the Kroger family of stores then Walmart is pretty much the only "non membership required" NATIONAL chain in the list (?)
    ( are Military commissary still restricted to military personnel and dependents ??)

    If the survey should have broken the results down into "region" vs."nationally" AND "member only" vs. "no membership" it would have been a more representative survey of the situation and needs of most shoppers ( availability & cost ) .

  • conimans Jun 14, 2:35 p.m.

    So how could Wegman's be #1 if it isn't even here yet?

  • jdouglas13 Jun 13, 2:36 p.m.

    @ The Sauced Butterfly, I'm reasonably sure this was a nationwide survey. Perhaps a bit less of the sauce will make you more kind and accepting to those who aren't identical to you.

  • mrhazflo Jun 13, 2:22 p.m.

    Here's my take:
    Red meat or seafood - Fresh Market
    Milk, cereal, dry foods, frozen items - Walmart
    Wine & beer - Trader Joes
    Fruits and Veggies - Whole Foods
    Bulk paper items, food for parties - CostcoSorry, though inconvenient, this is the only way imo.

  • mrhazflo Jun 13, 2:16 p.m.

    View quoted thread


  • blessedx6 Jun 13, 2:10 p.m.

    Can't say I can put too much faith in this listing of top grocery stores in NC when several of those listed are not even in NC... Most folks I know use Aldi's (listed as 13th), Walmart (listed as 62nd), and Food Lion (#45). And I love Fresh Market even though I must drive to find them. We must be just smarter than those on this survey...

  • kellyrparis Jun 13, 12:26 p.m.

    I like Publix, but I really wish they'd give out cards like VIP cards that will reduce the price in many items. I'm not going to sit down and cut up all these coupons for Publix when a card could do the same at Harris Teeter or Food Lion.

  • TheRealNCYankee Jun 13, 11:09 a.m.

    "Poor Walmart" - ha ha. A box of cereal is a box of cereal no matter where one buys it. For the segment of the population for whom price matters more than speed of service or personal assistance, they tower above all these boutique grocery stores.

  • CaryMacGuy Jun 13, 10:59 a.m.

    Wegmans is an excellent store and is well deserving of the top spot. I remember when they opened their first VA store (I was actually a member of the opening staff). People in that area quickly became believers.