The 14 best supermarkets in America

These grocery stores earned the highest marks from customers in areas such as service, food quality, prices and cleanliness in an annual Consumer Reports survey.

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Apr 29, 2014 8:57PM
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You don't actually have to "pay a quarter" to use a cart at Aldi. You do need to insert a quarter to release a cart from the line of carts, but when you have finished shopping and unloading your cart, pushing the cart back into the line causes the quarter to be released from the coin slot and you get it back. It's simply a way to encourage people to return the carts where they belong so they will be ready for the next shopper. If you can't or won't play by the rules and put the cart back, then they keep the quarter. Better cart control allows them to offer lower food prices. Simple and fair. 
Apr 29, 2014 7:46PM
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Walmart is not in the business of giving customer service, they are in the business of providing the cheapest possible goods (even though they fail at this sometimes)
Apr 30, 2014 3:37AM
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Trader joes isn't a supermarket its a grocery specialty store, neither is Costco a supermarket.
Apr 30, 2014 10:09AM
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Costco treats their employees well, provides with with opportunities for advancement, and pays good wages. 

Regardless of political affiliation, this is something people should be demanding of every employer and with supermarkets, you have the power to support businesses that are responsible corporate citizens. 
Failure to use the power of the consumer is what has led to mass off-shoring of jobs, near-poisonous foods, and corporate structures designed so that profits only reach senior executives and major shareholders. 


Apr 30, 2014 9:09AM
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Within a 3 mile radius of my house, we have an Aldi, Publix & 2 Krogers.  I get staples & produce at Aldi, stock up on BOGO's at Publix & the other items at Kroger.  I NEVER shop at Walmart!
Apr 30, 2014 4:53AM
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Wow, has Aldi come a long way. 
I remember as a kid in a poor family Aldi was the only place we could afford to shop. 
Back then, it wasn't so much a supermarket as a store with piles of generic products stacked up, still in boxes and walls of frozen foods. All the labels were black and white. 
Looking back on it, it was nothing but processed foods and certainly I can't imagine them selling any of that stuff at Trader Joe's but back then $20 at Aldi could feed a family for almost a week. 

I don't live in the US anymore and haven't been to Aldi in 30 years but I have strangely fond memories of that place. And the cart policy was in place back then as well because, as you can imagine, the neighborhood idiots would walk ride off with the carts. 
May 1, 2014 6:08AM
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Wegmans is a destination unto itself!
Apr 30, 2014 7:53AM
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Aldi's is the best grocer in this area. 

Food Lion is Food Lion

Martin's and Giant Foods have great customer service, and astronomical prices.

Wal-Mart is Satan.

What more do you need to know?


Apr 29, 2014 7:44PM
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slideshows are a great way to increase page hits and thereby ad revenue
Apr 30, 2014 7:45AM
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For goodness sake.......please get some new material. The same old "stuff" over and over again.
Apr 30, 2014 6:02AM
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Love Winco. Always clean and they are open 24/7, at least in Meridian ID. Even at 4 a.m. the people are friendly while stocking the shelves.
Apr 30, 2014 1:05PM
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Trader Joe's is a great place to shop and what they do sell is high quality at a surprisingly low price, but they're not a full service supermarket.  They only sell food items, and mostly prepared foods, beverages and dry goods at that.  Their meat and produce selections are limited, and they don't sell non-food items such as paper goods, plastic utensils and cleaning supplies. 


Sprouts sells everything Trader Joe's does, plus a good selection of non-food items as well.  The quality and price are similar to TJ's but you can get most everything you need from the same store.


I'm glad Whole Foods didn't make this list.  The quality of their merchandise is very good, but not good enough to justify the grossly inflated prices. 

Apr 30, 2014 1:14PM
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Out in my neck of the woods, Sprouts is the best value...you can get everything you need in the same store, the quality is high and the prices are affordable.  Ralph's (part of the Kroger empire) and Pavilions (part of the Safeway empire) are hit and miss...some stores are clean and efficient and others not so much, some items are a bargain others are not.  Vons (Safeway empire) and Albertson's are a drop down in quality and price.  Gelson's and Whole Foods are high quality but grossly overpriced and infested with elitist limousine liberals and materialistic hipsters. 
Apr 29, 2014 10:07PM
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Hy-Vee is the best.   Great customer service.   Still pack your groceries and let you drive up to get them loaded.
May 1, 2014 5:26AM
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Little known fact outside Texas: H-E-B stands for the initials of its founder, H.E. Butt. No lie!

 

They were even one of the best grocers way back in the '80s...

Apr 30, 2014 5:42AM
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I am from the Mid West area, Iowa. To me the best store is Fareway do to cleanness, fresh produts, akways soneone there to help you. They even bring your groceris to your car for you for NOTHING, very Friendly.. Meat and produce are the freshest. They are always checkig the meat products and the the produce lines. 

WaltMart is a unk store that charges mor then their product is with including clothing, No is around to help you find something or they just aren't there when you need a product. /the rest rooms are always dirty. No cashier at the check outs Thereare avery few items you canfind cheaper but them they are checaper made. They needto go w
 on all prices of items and then maybe would come in.
May 1, 2014 3:14AM
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trader joes is an awesome  exotic specialty store at reasonable prices and they do have great stuff, but for real, this store has more ecoli outbreaks from their lettuce and vedgetables, i wont ever buy lettuce or veggies there or any fruits, they need better quality control on their perishables other wise they are a great store
May 2, 2014 5:08PM
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hands down publix is the best supermarket chain no return hassles friendly associates too bad they are not in the northeast area 

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