This Grocery Store Chain Was Just Named the Best in America (Nope, It’s Not Trader Joe’s)

04/14/2016 at 12:25 PM ET

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How the mighty have fallen.

After four years in the number one spot, Trader Joe’s is no longer America’s favorite grocery store. According to Market Force Information’s annual grocery industry study, Wegmans ranked first, followed by Publix, Trader Joe’s, Hy-Vee and ALDI.

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The study polled 10,000 consumers to rate their satisfaction with their most recent grocery shopping experience and their likelihood to refer that grocer to others. Wegmans earned an overall score of 76 percent.

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Compared to Trader Joe’s 400 plus locations nationwide, Wegmans—a Rochester, New York-based chain founded in 1916—has only 87 locations combined in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, though that number is slowly growing.

Market Force Information notes the chain is known for its “fresh produce, reasonable prices and massive stores.” Wegmans also offers an “eat well. live well” program to “inspire and support each other to enjoy healthier better lives.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Ashley on

Hands down the best!

Courtney on

YES!! Proud to say I grew up shopping at Wegman’s. Many of my friends and family members have worked there. They are also in the top 5 of Forbes best places to work. They have great values, offer scholarships to students, and provide their staff with many benefits. I would take Wegman’s over a Publix any day

Jj on

Hy-vee?? Seriously?? They are so expensive and their produce is meh.

Sam on

Hy-Vee, very nice considering it is an Iowa based chain and only has stores in the upper Midwest. I do love Hy-Vee great shopping and great help.

Sam on

@Jj, what? What Hy-Vee you shopping at? I’m in Des Moines and aside from a couple stores on the east and south side they have the best produce in town. I shop their sales and store brand, I’ll pay a little more to avoid Wal Mart any day.

76 on

I LOVE Publix!!!!!!!!

Guest on

Never heard of Wegmann’s down here in South Florida. We have TraderJoes and of course Publix. The Publix near me is always out of the products I usually use-it gets very frustrating. I’m definitely NOT A FAN OF PUBLIX that’s for sure and Winn Dixie doesn’t cut it for me. I like Trader’s for some items. Its a process of elimination.

Anonymous on

“wegmens” vs “wegmans” …??…

CAM on

Best grocery store in the universe!!!!

Anonymous on

I hate Wegmans!

Where? Not Here! on

Never heard of them.

lou on

Publix has the best key lime pie, hands down!

Laney on

I love Wegmans!

Roxanne on

I also grew up with them in WNY, they are spectacular! If you get a chance to go to one, please do, you will fall in love…

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Jackie Hill on

I would think the study would be held for grocery chains that are nationwide. I live in Northern California and have never heard of Wegman’s until I visited relatives on the East Coast.

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Brina J. on

I love Wegmans, && I wish that they would go nationwide. Best grocery store that I’ve ever shopped at.

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