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Consumer Reports Reveals The 10 Best Supermarkets In America

Paige Cooperstein

Americans spend a lot of time and money grocery shopping.  The average shopper   visits the store  about 88 times a year, spending upwards of $6,000. 

Consumer Reports recently surveyed 27,208 readers to rank  55 supermarket chains around the U.S.

The top three stores — Wegmans, an East Coast chain, Trader Joe's, a Southern California-based specialty food chain, and Publix, a Southern chain — all had high marks for service and cleanliness. 

Wal-Mart had a bad reputation among customers, ranking dead last. Customers complained about  slow checkout speeds and subpar food quality. 

Here are the top 10 supermarkets, according to Consumer Reports:

1. Wegmans (83 stores in the mid-Atlantic region, in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 88. Best service, Best perishables, Good prices, Best cleanliness

2. Trader Joe's (408 stores in 30 states)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 87. Best service, Good perishables, Best prices, Best cleanliness

3. Publix (1,080 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 85. Best service, Best perishables, Okay prices, Best cleanliness

4. Costco (648 stores worldwide)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 84. Okay service, Best perishables, Best prices, Good cleanliness

5. Sprouts Farmers Market (150 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Kansas and Georgia)

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Consumer reports Reader score: 84. Good Service, Best perishables, Good prices, Good cleanliness

6. Market Basket (71 supermarkets in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 83. Good service, Good perishables, Best prices, Good cleanliness

7. Raley's (85 stores in California and Nevada)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 83. Good service, Best perishables, Bad prices, Best cleanliness 

8. Fairway Stores (14 stores in the tri-state area)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 83. Best service, Good perishables, Best prices, Good cleanliness

9. Stater Bros. (167 stores in California)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 82. Good service, Good perishables, Best prices, Good cleanliness

10. WinCo Foods (93 stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Texas)

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Consumer Reports Reader score: 81. Okay service, Okay perishables, Best prices, Okay cleanliness

And the bottom five on Consumer Reports' ranking:

51: Pick 'n Save: Reader score: 72
52. Acme: Reader score: 70
53. Pathmark: Reader score: 70
54. Shaw's: Reader score: 69
55. Wal-Mart Supercenter: Reader score: 67

See the full report at Consumer Reports.



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