Trader Joe’s Really Is Everyone’s Favorite Grocery Store

05/13/2015 at 01:07 PM ET

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If it seems like the line at Trader Joe’s gets longer with each visit, there’s a reason.

For the third (!) year in a row, Trader Joe’s has been named the preferred grocery store for American consumers in a study done by MarketForce Information. It’s closely followed by Publix in second place, and Aldi in third.

The stores were judged on a variety of factors, but, when it comes to their supermarkets, it seems that people primarily care about convenience: Fast checkouts, ease of finding items, and of course, good promotions were all among the criteria.

Trader Joe’s only took the top scores when it came to cashier courtesy (an essential part of the supermarket shopping experience, of course!), but ranked second when it came to cleanliness, fast checkouts and ease of finding items.

Trader Joe’s may have come out on top for this list, but it isn’t the favorite in every survey. Consumer Reports‘ study on the top supermarkets found Wegmans (which isn’t included in MarketForce’s survey) to be the winner, with Publix and Trader Joe’s filling out the top three.

Congrats, Trader Joe’s. We’ll be eating a scoop of your oh-so-yummy cookie butter in celebration.

—Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Susan on

There are times when I go to Trader Joes the checkout lines are very long, and they sometimes run out of items on sale and do not have any more in stock. This happens all the time, otherwise, I enjoy shopping there.

Miasmom on

I live in Roanoke. All that we have here are food lion ( yuck) Kroger ( Jo hum) and Walmart… Blech. I’m in foodie hell.

Mary on

Never been to one.


I love TJ’s! But comparing to regular grocery stores is sort of apples vs oranges.

Blech on

Trader Joe’s is gross. They sell moldy produce and other spoiled food, and their customer service is so rude – not what it used to be that’s for sure. Plus, the ingredients in their products have become poor quality – bleached flours, cheap toxic oils, lots of chemicals.

Lilly on

Too expensive.

susan on

It used to be my favorite place to shop, but I’m sick and tired of the crowds that flock to this tiny place. Every single time (even during “off” times), I have people literally crawling over me or bumping me out of the way when I’m trying to select my produce or meat. Today was the final straw when a lady at the checkout repeatedly bumped me with her cart without saying a word because she couldn’t negotiate the cart around me. No apology; in fact, she didn’t even say a word. Staff are friendly always but the store is too damn small for the traffic it attracts.

Full Article on

Can’t wait. So happy she is making a come back.

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