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3 On Your Side: Best And Worst Supermarkets

By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you’re like most people, you probably do the majority of your grocery shopping at one supermarket. But is that really the best store for you?

Consumer Reports has released rankings of the best and worst supermarkets across the country. Fifty-two chains were rated by over 24,000 magazine subscribers. Wegman’s came out on top, scoring 88 of a possible 100 points. Trader Joe’s was a close second with score of 86. Costco was the third chain in our region to show up on the survey, with a score of 83, while Whole Foods ranked 4th in our area with a score of 81. Target, Giant, and Shoprite all received scores of 78, with ACME trailing behind at 73. Customers were most frustrated by Wal-Mart Supercenters, which only received a score of 69, and Pathmark was dead last, with a score of 68 out of 100.

The biggest gripe overall from supermarket shoppers? Not enough open checkouts, followed by congested or cluttered aisles and advertised specials that were out of stock. The report also detailed store traps that cause you to spend more, such as sneaky sale signs that read five for five dollars, implying you need to purchase the entire amount to get the discount, or bump out displays that curve out and catch the eye.

Other than switching stores so that you get a better experience, Consumer Reports also found that you can also probably save money by going against the grain and shopping clockwise, instead of the typical counterclockwise store arrangement. When researchers compared shoppers, they found clockwise shoppers spend about $2 less per trip.

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  • Stevie in greenville sc

    The bi-lo I work for in greenville sc is pretty awesome!

  • unhappy Pathmark employee

    The Pathmark brand has been destroyed by A&P/Superfresh which has owned us for more than four years, Our quality and prices were much better when we were independent. We wish that ShopRite will buy us and return us to being the most honest supermarket in the area.

    • unhappy Pathmark shopper

      America’s Choice store brand at A&P/Superfresh/Pathmark is horrible. With the higher prices, no wonder Consumer Reports believes they will be out of business soon. My wife, Maria, and I love Wegmans store brand!!

  • Johnny

    Publix supermarkets in Florida top ANY in the Philadelphia area.

  • Mike in Philly

    “walmart” is supposed to be a department store… it doesn’t belong in the “super market” business… “walmart” doing everything is bad for the economy… that is the “bottom line”…

  • Jennifer

    Acme is the worst. The prices on almost all their stuff is terrible and overpriced !

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