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The most popular shopping chain in each state

Posted June 29
Updated July 1

Amazon is king of online retailers, but while the internet shopping giant may be opening brick-and-mortar stores and purchasing Whole Foods, other national chain stores are still holding strong.

Foursquare recently compiled a list using results from shoppers using the Swarm app. This list shows the most popular chain retail store in each of the 50 states (and Washington D.C.). Does your state’s favorite place to shop surprise you?

Alabama: Target

In 2013, the retailer opened a 136,000-square-foot elevated store over ground-level parking. It features a two-story glass atrium connecting the parking lot to the store. Elevators, stairs and escalators-including escalators for shopping carts called “cartalators” or “cartveyors”-transport transport shoppers between floors.

target store escalator photo
Getty Images | Mario Tama

Alaska: Walmart

The state has seven Supercenters, two regular discount stores and three Sam's Clubs for a total of 12 Walmart-brand stores, for a population of more than 700,000 residents. The first Walmart in Alaska opened in Juneau in 2007.

walmart store photo
Getty Images | Jeff Zelevansky
Arkansas: Target

While the first Walmart ever opened in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, residents seem to prefer Target. As of 2016, there were nine Target stores throughout the state.

target photo
Getty Images | Alex Wong

Arizona: Walmart

The Grand Canyon State is saturated with Walmart stores. There are 82 Supercenters, 27 Neighborhood Markets, 16 Sam's Clubs, one discount store and a single Walmart On Campus, which is at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Joe Raedle

California: Target

With a whopping 273 stores covering 35,575,000 square feet of retail space, it’s easy to see that Target is popular throughout California. The state also boasts the most distribution centers in the nation, with five warehouses.

Target photo
Getty Images | Alex Wong

Colorado: Target

Perhaps residents love this retailer because Colorado is one state that features Target stores with building designs tailored to the location. The Silverthorne store, for example, features large, rustic timbers and metal roofs, which add to the mountain lodge theme while providing protection from the elements.

Wikimedia | Bidgee

Connecticut: Walmart

Connecticut is fond of Walmart and it shows. Despite being on the smaller side, the state is home to a dozen Supercenters, 21 discount stores, one Neighborhood Market and three Sam’s Clubs.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Joe Raedle

Delaware: Target

There may be only three stores in the state, but Delaware residents prefer Target, at least according to the study. Perhaps one reason is because stores in the state were part of a redesigned Electronics and Entertainment area that allows shoppers to discover and interact with the merchandise.

Target photo
Getty Images | Scott Olson

Florida: UNIQLO

With roots in Japan, UNIQLO has become an international leader in clothing retail, opening stores throughout the U.S. There is currently only one store in Florida, so it may seem surprising that it is the most popular chain in the state. Perhaps part of the reason is its location: Disney Springs, at the Walt Disney World Resort.

UNIQLO photo
Getty Images | Rob Loud

Georgia: Target

With 51 stores and 3 distribution centers across the state, it’s safe to say that Georgia loves Target. The feeling seems to be mutual. In 2016, the retailer made sizable donations to the area following Hurricane Matthew.

Target photo
Getty Images | Alex Wong

Hawaii: Walmart

The Aloha State has a dozen Walmart stores: 10 discount stores and a couple of Sam's Clubs. In fact, there are Walmart locations on each of the four major islands.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Joe Raedle

Iowa: Target

The 20 stores and single distribution center are Iowa mainstays. In fact, residents soon may even be able to buy fireworks at the retail shopping chain.

Target photo
Getty Images | Mark Wilson

Idaho: Fred Meyer

A branch of the Kroger Company, this chain of superstores has 15 food stores and 11 jewelry stores in Idaho. In 2015, the retailer made more than $2,400,000 in contributions to local food banks, schools and nonprofit organizations in the state.

fred meyer photo
Flickr | Jason McHuff

Illinois: UNIQLO

This up-and-coming retailer makes the list once more. The single store in Illinois-the 47th location of this shopping chain-on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago must be very busy, as it ranked as the state's most popular chain in this study.

UNIQLO sign photo
Flickr | Urawa Zero

Indiana: Target

Target has strong ties to Indiana, with 31 stores and one distribution center in the state. In addition, the Target and Chip Ganassi Racing team have 10 career IndyCar Series championships and four Indianapolis 500 victories.

target photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia

Kansas: Target

With 18 stores and a distribution center in Topeka, residents of Kansas can find Target locations across the state.

target store photo
Getty Images | Alex Wong

Kentucky: Target

There are currently just over a dozen Target stores in Kentucky, although they may be getting a new, unique location. The University of Kentucky is considering a new, on-campus Target store.

target store photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia

Louisiana: Target

Perhaps one of the reasons the 16 Target stores in Louisiana are so popular is because residents feel like the retailer really cares. For instance, when Baton Rouge and other areas were flooded in 2016, Target team members volunteered to help with food, water and even rescue efforts.

Target photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan
Maine: Target

With only a handful of Target stores in the state (five, to be exact), renovations at some of the locations may have helped make it so popular. Offering a full grocery department makes shopping at the retail chain convenient.

Target photo
Getty Images | Scott Olson
Maryland: Walmart

Shoppers may soon love their Maryland Walmart stores even more. The retail chain has plans to remodel at least eight of the 59 stores in 2017.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Joe Raedle
Massachusetts: Primark

Another relative newcomer makes the list. While there are nearly 300 of the diverse department stores internationally, only three of them are currently in Massachusetts. The newest one, in Braintree, features 37 fitting rooms and two "recharge" seating areas in a 41,000-square-foot space.

primark photo
Getty Images | Peter Macdiarmid

Michigan: Walmart

In addition to shopping options, the company helps strengthen the state's economy. Walmart is involved with Pure Michigan Business Connect, which has led to contracts worth roughly $160 million for Michigan companies.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

Minnesota: Target

It is only fitting that Target is the most popular shopping chain in Minnesota, since the retailer has its roots in the state. Founder George Draper Dayton formed Dayton Dry Goods Company-now known as Target-in Minneapolis in 1902.

Target photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia
Mississippi: Target

Shoppers in Mississippi love Target, and the chain is rather fond of them as well. In May of 2017, the retailer launched an exclusive collection of products from Mississippi-based paper, gift and lifestyle brand Thimblepress.

Target photo
Flickr | kevin dooley
Missouri: Target
Even though Walmart is reportedly the state's largest employer, it seems that consumers prefer shopping at Target. There are nearly three dozen Target stores in Missouri.
Target photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia

Montana: Walmart

Walmart was one of the first big box stores in Montana towns such as Bozeman. There are more than a dozen Supercenters and a couple of Sam's Clubs in the state now, as well.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Jeff Zelevansky

Nebraska: Target

The first SuperTarget ever opened in 1995 in Omaha. There are now more than a dozen of the popular stores throughout Nebraska.

super target photo
Getty Images | Tim Boyle
Nevada: Walmart

Perhaps Walmart is popular in Nevada because it treats customers and employees well. When the Walmart Training Academy in Las Vegas held its first graduation in June 2017, employees were celebrated with a ceremony including robes, tassels and speeches.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan
New Hampshire: Walmart

Along with operating more than 30 stores in the state, Walmart has been involved in community efforts. The shopping chain has helped conserve open spaces in New Hampshire and worked with the state to host State House Day.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Mark Mainz

New Jersey: Target

More than just a well-liked place to shop, Target has made efforts to make the Garden State even lovelier. In 2012, the shopping chain helped turn a 14-acre landfill in Stafford Township into a LEED-certified Target store.

Target photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia

New Mexico: Walmart

With more than 50 locations throughout the state, Walmart seems to look for ways to give back to New Mexico. In 2014, the Walmart Foundation awarded some $350,000 to nonprofit agencies in the state.

Walmart photo
Getty Images | Joshua Lott

New York: Bloomingdale’s

In 1872, the Bloomingdale brothers opened their first shop in New York’s Lower East Side. Today, there are Bloomingdale's stores around the country, including about half a dozen in the Empire State.

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Getty Images | John Sciulli

North Carolina: Target

There will be even more Target stores for North Carolina residents to appreciate, as the shopping chain has plans to open new stores in Chapel Hill and Raleigh in 2017. Features at these stores will include grab-and-go groceries and meal solutions for students as well as Target Mobile and Order Pickup.

Target photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia

North Dakota: Target

There are only a handful of Target stores in the state, but they are uniquely appealing. For instance, some of the stores are inside of shopping malls, such as the Target in Bismarck's Kirkwood Mall.

target store mall photo
Flickr | Random Retail
Ohio: Walmart

With 173 stores in the state, Walmart certainly has a presence in Ohio. The shopping chain is at work in local communities throughout the state as well, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Ohio families in need.

Walmart photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia
Oklahoma: Target

Even before it was known as Target, the shopping chain was making a mark in Oklahoma. In the 1970s, the retailer (then known as the Dayton-Hudson Corporation) gave away pine trees to customers and employees in the state.

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