Consumer Reports recently surveyed 27,208 readers to rank 55 supermarket chains around the U.S. 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.
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. Safeway ranked 46th, with a score of 73.
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).
2. Trader Joe's (408 stores in 30 states).
3. Publix (1,080 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).
4. Costco (648 stores worldwide).
5. Sprouts Farmers Market (150 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Kansas and Georgia).
6. Market Basket (71 supermarkets in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine).
7. Raley's (85 stores in California and Nevada).
8. Fairway Stores (14 stores in the tri-state area).
9. Stater Bros. (167 stores in California).
10. WinCo Foods (93 stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Texas).