The Best Grocery Store in Every State for 2018 Gallery
The Best Grocery Store in Every State for 2018 Gallery
Most of us rely on grocery stores for our daily needs. They are the places where you can find everything you might need to live from fruits and vegetables to dried goods, meats, fish, laundry detergents, paper towels, candles, shampoo and so much more. They are hubs that house both essential and non-essential products that help make daily life that much easier and allow customers to buy everything at once rather than forcing people to make multiple trips - assuming you have your shopping list handy! Of course, these days, many people favor farmers markets for some of their weekly shopping (check out our ranking of the 101 best farmers markets in America), but farmers markets aren't always open and certainly don't provide the ease and convenience when it comes to certain items that grocery stores do.
But how in the world can you determine which grocery store is the best in every state? The truth is that you cannot, at least not definitively. For this story we scoured the internet for as much information as we could find, cross-referencing other best-of lists that have previously been written as well as reviews on Google, Yelp, Foursquare, and Facebook we analyzed local polls, social media posts, and check-ins. (Unless indicated otherwise, all reviewer quotes were collected from Google Reviews.) We also conducted informal polls of friends, family, and acquaintances in far-off states in search of the answer, weighing concerns and praise about price, quality of products, and customer service, as well as store cleanliness.
Note that this report excludes small specialty and gourmet markets and focuses on the everyday shopping needs of the American consumer. Still, you'll find that independently owned and locally founded stores often won out over the big chains like Kroger or Whole Foods.
Check below to see if your favorite store made our list of the best grocery store in every state.
Renfroe's Market: A longtime Montgomery institution, Renfroe's Market focuses on giving value to every customer's dollar. As one reviewer put it, "Kind of like Wal-Mart and Publix in 1. Layout and selection of Publix but prices like Wal-Mart! Great grocery store!"
Facebook/ Renfroe's Market
Safeway: Each town in Alaska seems to have its own reliable hub or locally owned market, but Safeway wins here for its consistently positive reviews and its ability to reach and adequately supply the most people. Safeway is also Alaska's most popular grocery chain, with a whopping nine locations scattered throughout the state.
Photo by Lard Belly E.via Yelp
Sprouts Market: The very first Sprouts Market opened in Arizona in 2002, and today there are 36 stores throughout the state that market their own brand, and according to their website, are committed to making healthy eating more affordable.
Sprouts Farmers Market via Yelp
Edwards Food Giant: There are seven Edward Food Giants stores reliably serving the people of Arkansas. Most importantly, they are viewed quite favorably in reviews, as seen here: "This store is always remarkably clean with friendly staff. Their meat quality and prices cannot be beat!"
Edwards Food Giant
Trader Joes: Though this well-known chain can be found in many states across the country, we chose to highlight it as the best in California, where the first location opened in 1958. Trader Joe's has developed a loyal following for its amazing selection of frozen and packaged goods that can't be bought anywhere else, as well as for its competitively low prices. Customers on Yelp love their customer service, describe the employees as "happy and lighthearted, helpful people," and love that stores are always well-stocked with affordable items.
King Soopers: King Soopers is the go-to for many in the Denver area, and the chain has a significant presence throughout the Rocky Mountains. It has a large selection of goods and is cheaper than the high-end markets, making this store a local favorite. One shopper said, "This location is always fully stocked, clean, and always has super friendly employees. I go a little out of my way to shop at this location."
Riza H. C. via Yelp
Stew Leonard's: Business Insider labeled Stew Leonard's the best grocery store in America in 2015. It's valued for its serious commitment to customer loyalty and the in-store experience as well as for the quality and variety of products offered.
Facebook/ Stew Leonard's
Janssen's Market: Although it may be on the more expensive side, this is still a favorite of many who call this small state home. As one Google reviewer put it, "I love Janssen's. It's too expensive to be my only place to go for groceries but it's great for a quick to-go lunch and I always find the best stuff in that store. The produce is always fresh and delicious. Best cheese in town and helpful and courteous staff."
Facebook/ Janssen's Market
Publix: Publix was locally founded in 1930 and has now grown to operate 769 stores in Florida alone. Simply put, Publix has great customer service, selection, and quality. "Go here instead of Walmart," say reviewers.
Whole Foods: Atlanta has spoken. Whole Foods is clearly the best reviewed store on Yelp, and Google Reviews: "Most amazing Whole Foods I've ever been to!! Insane!! Check it out!!"
Facebook/ Whole Foods Market Augusta
Don Quixote Honolulu: This supermarket, unlike many others, is open 24 hours a day! It has a wonderful selection of predominantly Asian ingredients. It is loved for its convenience and known as a great one-stop shop where you can get anything from souvenirs to food, wine, beauty products, and prepared foods.
Don Quixote Honolulu_Keiki-O-Kalani A./Yelp
Natural Grocers: Natural Grocers is a retail chain focused on natural and organic groceries, supplements, and household products. Ultimately, the prices are lower than those at Whole Foods and the selection is better than at other options in Boise. As one review put it, "Enjoy shopping there: clean, well light, great selection and very well priced compared to Whole Foods and even the Co-op."
Photo by Aaron S. via Yelp
Mariano's: With happy hour, a fresh seafood bar, a walk-in fridge section full of beer and a huge selection of high-quality produce, it is easy to see why people love this Illinois supermarket.
The Fresh Market: A national chain, yes, but the stores always seem to settle in with the local community at each location. This store is the consistent favorite throughout the state, but in Indianapolis, the local Fresh Market has been voted in the top five best grocery stores for eight years running. The stores that bested it were smaller, more expensive, specialty food markets.
Facebook/ Fresh City Market-West Lafayette
Hy-Vee: Hy-Vee is an employee-owned regional supermarket chain of about 240 stores located throughout the Midwest, with 138 stores in Iowa alone. Its longtime slogan has been, "Where there's a helpful smile in every aisle."
Photo by Tony G. via Yelp
Price Chopper: A Google reviewer said of the Roeland Park location, "Great store with great selection of everything and pretty good layout. Good prices too. Tons of fresh produce." This grocery store also got a nod from The Kitchn's Food Lover's Guide to Kansas City.
Facebook/ Price Chopper
Lucky's Market: Lucky's Market is located in Louisville, the state's largest city. Lucky's is definitely a crowd-pleaser, and its logo boasts "Organic for the 99%." One Google reviewer said of the store, "Lucky's is one of my favorite spots to visit! A market with specialty items you can't find elsewhere, an awesome meat department & deli, handmade sushi & pizza and you can buy a pint of beer to drink while you shop for $2!"
Photo by Emily H. via Yelp
Rouses: The good people at Bon Appétit rated Rouses one of the eight best regional supermarket chains in the county, citing one very important reason: Rouses is dedicated to local food culture, as exemplified by its sponsorship of the World Championship Crawfish Eating Contest.
A local reviewer also said of the store, "Helpful and pleasant employees. Never a long wait in line. Great meat department and seafood department. The bakery is one of the best in the city."
Photo by Frank T. via Yelp
Hannaford: This store is lauded for its "excellent selection of product, excellent service, and prices that can't be beat." Mainers and other New England residents enjoy the more than 180 stores in the region.
Photo by Caitlin L. via Yelp
MOM's Organic Market: Founded in 1987, MOM's has grown to become the Mid-Atlantic region's premier chain of family owned and operated organic grocery stores. MOM's emphasizes that the chain's purpose is to protect and restore the environment.
MOM's Organic Market_Jada C./Yelp
Market Basket: Ask any Bay Stater - Market Basket is their store. In a price comparison study conducted by a Boston news outlet, Market Basket offered consistently lower prices than Target and Walmart. One reviewer said online, "Everything here is affordable and offers a large selection of products and food!" What more could you ask for?
Photo by Frank E. via Yelp
Meijer: With more than 200 stores in Michigan, this local hub is a great for the everyday shopper. Of course, some Meijer stores are better than others in the state, but in general, "If you need it, Meijers probably has it."
Photo by MaryLiz S. via Yelp
Cub Foods: customers enjoy the good selection of produce and reasonable prices as well as the helpful staff, tasty hot and cold bar and the availability of organic and health food products.
Cub Foods_Donald E./Yelp
Rainbow Co-op: With better prices and selections than other stores, Rainbow Co-op seems to give the people what they want and at the right price. This review says it all: "Best place to get groceries in Mississippi. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great organic selection!"
Photo by Michelle N. via Yelp
Dierbergs: Based in Chesterfield, this chain is a big deal in the St. Louis area and offers a good selection to choose from. Clean and full of helpful and friendly employees, Dierbergs is the most popular supermarket in Missouri!
Albertsons: This chain operates in 33 states and D.C. under 18 banners, making it one of the largest food and drug retailers in the country. Its benchmark for success is rooted in operating quality stores with great customer service.
Open Harvest Grocery Co-op: One reviewer says it all: "This is my favorite grocery store, and to me is not just a local, but a national gem. This is better than Bi-rite and Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, a fraction of the price, and a much more relaxing atmosphere. Nothing pretentious like Park Slope co-op in Brooklyn. Just people who care doing it right."
Photo by Open Harvest Co-op Grocery via Yelp
WinCo Foods: WinCo Foods is an employee-owned 24/7 supermarket chain with discounted groceries and bulk foods, plus a deli and bakery. One reviewer said, "WinCo offers excellent deals on general grocery store products. Their bakery, butcher shop, and produce sections are amazing and offer very good prices as well as a variety of options for any palate."
Photo by Rocco P. via Yelp
Market Basket: Just like the people of Massachusetts, shoppers in New Hampshire adore Market Basket. The family-owned company that first opened in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1917 now operates 75 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine and is known for its low prices, generous employee benefits, and good customer service.
Photo by Joshua G. via Yelp
Kings Food Market: Kings is a New Jersey-founded grocery store chain that stocks local farm produce, fine meats & cheeses, prepared foods, and other groceries. The general consensus is that although products maybe a tad expensive, Kings carries the quality products customers are looking for.
Photo by Kings Food Markets via Yelp
La Montañita Co-op: For the title of Best Market in New Mexico, we zeroed in the city of Albuquerque to see what it had to offer. One review said of La Montañita, "Very nice place and every organic grocery I want I can find it here. Handicap parking and access, bike parking and very centric."
Facebook/ La Montanita Co-op Food Market
Wegmans: Though New York City is still waiting for the arrival of this much-loved supermarket chain, the Empire State as a whole loves the chain, and 46 of their 95 locations are in New York. The family-owned company prides itself on offering local and responsibly grown produce from its own organic farm. Wegmans also carries its own affordable health food brand and artisanal products, making it no surprise that this supermarket breaks the top five on our list.
Harris Teeter: North Carolina Harris Teeters strive to be an active part of their communities by working with local schools and food voucher systems. In fact, Harris Teeter stores have now donated more than $24.6 million to local schools within their respective communities.
Photo by Mark S. via Yelp
Hormbacher's Express: Founded in 1951, this supermarket chain takes pride in providing the people of North Dakota with "fresh produce, excellent meat and seafood, made from-scratch baked goods, and home-made deli salads at all locations," according to their website.
Hormbacher's Express_James A./Yelp
Jungle Jim's International Market: With more than 200,000 square feet of all the foodstuffs you can imagine, Jungle Jim's International Market in Ohio is like a grocery store theme park. As one reviewer from Cincinnati named Nancy said, "THIS is the stop all my out of town visitors insist on seeing. You can find wonders and treasures and oddities... You will be distracted by all the shiny things. PLUS, the selection of beer, wine, cheese and even butter is amazing. Oh, and an acre of produce...did I forget to mention that?"
Facebook/ Jungle Jim's International Market
Crest Fresh Market: According to its website, Crest Fresh Market is the "Home of Rock Bottom Prices," a fact its shoppers absolutely love. A Google reviewer recently posted, "You have to go to Crest in OK. The most well stocked grocery store with the kindest staff. Unlike the other big name stores, this one still feels family oriented. They always run great specials as well."
Photo by Andy W. via Yelp
New Seasons Market: "Always top notch food offerings, with focus on Pacific Northwest companies," said Google reviewer Dan Beltramo. New Seasons has a good mix of grocery classics and local, organic favorites. It also gives 10 percent of profits back to the community.
Photo by Jro B. via Yelp
Giant Food Stores: "Great selection of name brand and store brand items. Very nice employees and a nice interior. Although not the 'hippest' looking inside, the lower costs and excellent customer service more than makes up for a more plain looking store," local Robert Britton said.
Photo by Derek B. via Yelp
Eastside Marketplace: "Great local market wonderful staff affordable food much better than any other supermarket in all of Providence," one Providence local said. Eastside Marketplace is also locally owned and has an expansive organic produce section that rivals that of Whole Foods.
Facebook/ Eastside Marketplace
Bi-Lo: With constantly high Yelp reviews, fans of this supermarket praise the cleanliness, organization and convenience as well as the friendly staff and variety of available products.
Lynn's Dakotamart: Throughout the state, there are 10 Lynn's Dakotamart locations stocking the necessities and basics. "Great selection, good prices, helpful people," Daniel Hoey said on Google.
Photo by Mark E. via Yelp
The Turnip Truck: The people of Nashville love their Publix and Whole Foods, but The Turnip Truck deserves the title of Best Market. The locally owned store has two locations and places a serious emphasis on sourcing locally. Reviewer Jason King said, "This is a nice natural food store with some great ready-to-eat meal options. The prices are reasonable (especially when compared to other natural food markets), and they always seem to have demos and samples out."
Photo by The Turnip Truck Urban Fare via Yelp
H-E-B: Texans are just wild about their H-E-B grocery stores. Even the writer of one Thrillist article about the most popular grocery stores had to mention that he was "severely disappointed that H-E-B isn't the most popular chain in Texas." (That title belongs to Walmart.) The chain also scores high marks for treating their employees well, as H-E-B topped Indeed.com's list of best retail employers in 2017.
To reinforce this H-E-B love, another reviewer said of the store, "HEB is the best grocery store in town, bar none. Which is probably why it's always so busy. Truthfully this is the only downside to shopping here. Weekends are especially bad with pretty long lines at every open register. They do the best they can however, and the staff is always friendly, so I don't mind the wait. A byproduct of being great is that you are also popular."
Photo by Scott L. via Yelp
Harmons: "Harmons is almost untouchable in quality in Utah from the rest of the grocery stores. They pride themselves on fresh food and a large variety of it," a reviewer said on Google. As an extra step toward quality, Harmons also sends its bakers to a top professional bread baking school in San Francisco to make sure the people of downtown Salt Lake City are getting great products.
Photo by K K. via Yelp
Shaw's: This New England chain is loved for its great selection of high quality meat and fish, clean, organized displays, and pleasant atmosphere, according to Yelp reviews.
Ellwood Thompson's: Easily the best reviewed store in Richmond, Ellwood Thompson's handily sweeps the title in Virginia. Google reviewer Eric Asplund said, "Ellwood Thompson's is a mainstay of Richmond Grocery Stores. It has seemingly been around forever. They sell high quality organic and health foods, as well as a wide selection of delicious prepared foods. This is a high end grocery store, but you will find that the prices are worth it."
Photo by Ellwood Thompson's via Yelp
PCC Market: City Voter, Google, Foursquare, and Yelp all hold this market in very high regard. It does get knocked for the high prices and lack of parking, but overall, PCC Market delivers an awesome product that keeps its customers coming back for more.
Photo by PCC Natural Markets - Fremont via Yelp
Capitol Market: In the heart of West Virginia's capital city of Charleston, Capitol Market is serving the community. Built from an old transfer dock, the market is a year-round affair and has an eclectic collection of indoor shops featuring fresh fish, meat, and produce. Yes, this is technically a farmers market, but this grocery is top rated on Yelp and other conversation boards. As one Google reviewer said, "WV finest. An excellent farmers market, top notch wine shop, great meat market...So many local farmers! A great place to visit every day!"
Facebook/Capitol Market - Charleston, WV
Woodman's Markets: A clear winner in Madison, Woodman's is the place to go for all your needs on the cheap. One local said, "I love Woodman's. This is the cheapest grocery store in Madison and it's open 24/7. Produce is good; I never really have trouble finding something fresh."
Photo by Ken C. via Yelp
King Soopers: Wyoming's capital city hosts just a few grocery stores, but reviews on Google, Yelp, and Foursquare indicate that King Soopers reigns supreme. A local review on Foursquare said, "Easily the best quality and widest selection (and most affordable!) of organic veggies in Cheyenne!" For more great sources of fresh fruits and vegetables, check our ranking of the 101 best farmers markets in America.
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