Last year The Fresh Market and Grocery Outlet were the top two grocers on Supermarket News' list of Top 50 Small Chains and Independents, but their growth has lifted them off the list and on to the Top 75 list of the largest food retailers and wholesalers in the U.S. and Canada. Last year Grocery Outlet, based in Berkeley, CA, purchased Amelia's, a chain based in Southeastern PA.
Redner's Markets, seventh on last year's list, moved up to sixth due to the addition of three stores. Brown's Super Stores, a ShopRite operator that's part of the Wakefern cooperative, is 35th on this year's list.
Fareway Stores (Boone, Iowa) operates 102 stores and tops the list, while PAQ, Inc. of Stockton, CA is second.