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The best grocery store in every state

The Daily Meal Logo By Lauren Mack of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 52: With more than 66,000 supermarkets and other grocery stores in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census, competition is fierce among mom-and-pop shops, big brand supermarkets, technology-based grocery shopping like Amazon Fresh and FreshDirect, meal kit companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and food delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless. But in every state, one supermarket chain, be it regional or national, stands out from the pack.For this list, we have included brick-and-mortar grocers, local markets, supermarkets, membership-only warehouse clubs, and nationwide department store retailers that have “super” supermarkets within their retail locations. Convenience stores, delis, farmers markets, and technology-based shops like FoodKick and Peapod were not considered.We evaluated these grocery stores using the same criteria we used to judge America’s Best Supermarkets:Stock: Range of brands and offerings, including organic, locally sourced, artisanal, local favorites, international foods, and private label.Innovation: From delivery options to mobile apps to leading the way with food trends, these supermarkets adapt to customers’ lifestyles.Customer Service: From efficient checkout and self-checkout to returns/exchanges, loyalty programs, and personal touches like baggers who take groceries to the car, we evaluated the customer service experience.Appearance and cleanliness: From brightly lit displays and tidy shelves to clutter-free aisles and scuff-free floors, stores had to be neat and clean.Contribution to the community: From creating jobs to working with local farmers and suppliers to helping the less fortunate, we evaluate the company’s commitment to community.Do you think your neighborhood supermarket has the top spot in the (shopping) bag? Check out our list of the Best Grocery Store in Every State to find out.

The Best Grocery Store in Every State

With more than 66,000 supermarkets and other grocery stores in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census, competition is fierce among mom-and-pop shops, big brand supermarkets, technology-based grocery shopping like Amazon Fresh and FreshDirect, meal kit companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and food delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless. But in every state, one supermarket chain, be it regional or national, stands out from the pack.

For this list, we have included brick-and-mortar grocers, local markets, supermarkets, membership-only warehouse clubs, and nationwide department store retailers that have “super” supermarkets within their retail locations. Convenience stores, delis, farmers markets, and technology-based shops like FoodKick and Peapod were not considered.

We evaluated these grocery stores using the same criteria we used to judge America’s Best Supermarkets:

Stock: Range of brands and offerings, including organic, locally sourced, artisanal, local favorites, international foods, and private label.

Innovation: From delivery options to mobile apps to leading the way with food trends, these supermarkets adapt to customers’ lifestyles.

Customer Service: From efficient checkout and self-checkout to returns/exchanges, loyalty programs, and personal touches like baggers who take groceries to the car, we evaluated the customer service experience.

Appearance and cleanliness: From brightly lit displays and tidy shelves to clutter-free aisles and scuff-free floors, stores had to be neat and clean.

Contribution to the community: From creating jobs to working with local farmers and suppliers to helping the less fortunate, we evaluate the company’s commitment to community.

Do you think your neighborhood supermarket has the top spot in the (shopping) bag? Check out our list of the Best Grocery Store in Every State to find out.

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