And The Best Supermarket In The Country Is…

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The results of Consumers Reports’ annual supermarket survey are in.

They’re based on about 63,000 Consumer Reports subscribers’ levels of overall satisfaction with shopping experiences at national and regional supermarket chains between March 2013 and July 2014, according to a press release issued today.

The top-ranked supermarkets are:

  • Wegmans (reader score of 90 out of 100)
  • Publix (87)
  • Trader Joe’s (87)
  • Fareway Stores (85)
  • Market Basket (85)

Wegman’s (with a reader score of 88), Trader Joe’s (87) and Publix (85) also topped the Fiscal Times’ latest reader-based rankings of supermarkets last year.

The Consumer Reports press release adds:

The top-rated supermarkets also received high scores for overall freshness – quality of produce, meats, poultry, bakery items, and store-prepared foods as well as store quality, which included scores for staff courtesy and store cleanliness…

In addition… Consumer Reports asked subscribers to rate their grocers on the selection of local produce and the price of organics at their stores…

Just three of the chains – Wegmans and national chains The Fresh Market and Whole Foods – earned stellar produce scores. Seventeen were below average. Eighteen retailers received low scores for produce variety, notably two big warehouse clubs – Sam’s Club (part of Wal-Mart) and BJ’s Wholesale Club (in the East) – as well as Target and Target Supercenters.

Consumer Reports’ worst-ranked supermarkets are:

  • Shaw’s (67)
  • Pathmark (66)
  • A&P (64)
  • Waldbaum’s (64)
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter (64)

“Wal-Mart Supercenter, consistently one of Consumer Reports’ lowest-rated grocers since 2005, earned low marks in every category other than price,” the press release states.

Consumer Reports’ full supermarket report was published in the magazine’s May issue.

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