A Consumer Reports survey released today ranks Wegmans as the top supermarket in the country, based on feedback from 24,203 readers. Wegmans has 79 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.
The top five stores are as follows:
2. Trader Joe's
4. Fareway Stores
Customers cited Wegmans' quality meat and produce, clean shopping environment, "very good or exceptional" prices and service (employee courtesy and checkout speed) among the reasons it's the top supermarket. Trader Joe's and Fareway Stores also scored high in those categories. Costco scored well on all the aforementioned categories except service, which - by design - is not a focus at warehouse clubs.
The stores receiving the worst ratings are Pathmark and Walmart.