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Consumer Reports Survey says Wegman's is Best Supermarket again, Walmart is still last

submitted on April 2, 2015 by HouTex in "Stores / Merchants"

For their annual supermarket survey, Consumer Reports gathered feedback from nearly 63,000 subscribers. Overall satisfaction with shopping experiences at national and regional supermarket chains were evaluated for the period between March 2013 and July 2014. Readers were asked to rate their grocers on traditional characteristics such as service and cleanliness, as well as the selection of local produce and the price of organics at their stores. And once again, Wegman's came out on top, followed by Publix and Trader Joe's. Walmart SuperCenters were consistently ranked lowest in every category except price on every survey since 2005.
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.

More and more people consider “fresh” — not processed — foods to be important when they shop for groceries, and when it comes to freshness, Wegmans came out on top of Consumer Reports’ annual supermarket survey.

http://wtop.com/food/2015/04/w.....ts-survey/
http://www.moneytalksnews.com/.....e-country/
http://www.consumerreports.org...../index.htm
     

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  • 216077
    clover
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    Posted by clover on April 2, 2015
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    And Publix in the Southeast is number 2!
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    mdshopper1
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    Posted by mdshopper1 on April 2, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    LOVE the fresh market even more than wegmans.....smaller and more manageable. i could spend hours there. i rarely go to wegmans.
    i have to say i am also a big sams club shopper!
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    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on April 3, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    My favorite costco and sprouts. Publix prices are too high than any other stores
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    lootango
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    Posted by lootango on April 3, 2015
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    Happy to see Trader Joe's on the list. They opened a couple in Austin recently and I LOVE them!

    Surprised to not see HEB on the list though... maybe since it's more of a regional chain??
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on April 3, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      Must be true, HEB is very strong in Texas and we love them too!
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    • mdshopper1
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      Posted by mdshopper1 on April 3, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      what is HEB?
      i am not a big trader joes fan....i think the fresh market has a much better selection of "different" items.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on April 3, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      It's probably the largest independent chain. HEB has stores in more than 150 communities around Texas, and they are celebrating their 110th anniversary since opening their first store in the Texas Hill Country. All of their employees receive partner perks, and HEB does many good things for the community. When Houston was without power for 3+ weeks after Hurricane Ike in 2008, they trucked in supplies, water, and ice from San Antonio and ran the local stores on generators until power was restored. Even though they had no power at home and without power the gas stations couldn't open to provide fuel, their employees went to work and greeted everyone with a smile.
      http://www.heb.com/page/about-us
      http://www.heb.com/page/partner-services
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    • mdshopper1
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      Posted by mdshopper1 on April 3, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      interesting....they are only in texas and mexico, but they are the number 15 on forbes' america's private largest companies.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on April 3, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      Yes, as on 2014 they have 369 stores, with a few in northern Mexico - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-E-B
      Timeline - http://www.heb.com/sectionpage.....ry/3000002
      Named "Retailer of the Year" in 2010 by trade magazine Progressive Grocer - http://www.mysanantonio.com/bu.....690698.php

      It kinda makes up for our not having any of the national top-rated stores here. They built a lot of different floor plans here, from little Pantries to huge super stores and high-end Markets. The newest one has a unique restaurant and they all have fantastic artisan breads and prepared foods, and wonderful produce, fresh meats and fish counters.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on April 4, 2015 [reply] 0 0
      I just had to share one of their commercials, they have really good ads like this for every department -


      (I am personally from Louisiana originally, but came to Texas to attend college at UT Austin and then work at UTMD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after graduation.)

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