Supermarket Chains USA

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Supermarket Chains USA

The top three supermarkets based on location, the top supermarket based on reviews, the top supermarket based on concentration, and the top independent supermarket for each state are listed below. There is no doubt change is in store for all of these players, as they adapt to the current trends toward online shopping and sustainable and ecologically sound companies.

Alabama

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Alabama to be Publix. The best independent supermarket was Manna Grocery, Tuscaloosa.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Alabama. Walmart SuperCenter is considered a supermarket as more than 50% of its revenue comes from groceries.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Alabama to be Piggly Wiggly, Walmart SuperCenter, and Publix.

Alaska

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Alaska to be Fred Meyer. The best independent supermarket was Co-op Market, Fairbanks.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Safeway to be the top supermarket in Alaska.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Alaska to be Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Costco. Fred Meyer is considered a supermarket because more than 50% of its revenue comes from groceries.

Arizona

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Arizona was Sproutts Farmers Market. The best independent supermarket was Power Road Farmers Market, Mesa.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Fry's Food & Drug Stores (Kroger) to be the top supermarket in Arizona.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Arizona to be Safeway, Fry's Food & Drug Stores (Kroger), and Walmart SuperCenter.

Arkansas

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Arkansas to be Sam's Club. The best independent supermarket was Tang’s Asian Market, Springdale.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Arkansas.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Arkansas to be Harvest Foods, Kroger, and Riceland Foods.

California

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in California to be Trader Joe’s. The best independent supermarket was Nick's Supermarket, San Francisco.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFlow determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in California.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in California to be Albertsons, Vonns, and Safeway.

Colorado

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Colorado to be King Soopers. The best independent supermarket was Pete’s Fruit and Vegetables, Denver.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined King Soopers (Kroger) to be the top supermarket in Colorado.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Colorado to be Safeway, King Soopers, and Walmart SuperCenter.

Connecticut

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Connecticut to be Stop & Shop. The best independent supermarket was Million Asian Market, New Haven.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Stop & Shop to be the top supermarket in Connecticut.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Connecticut to be Stop & Shop, Big Y Foods, and Shaws.

Delaware

  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Food Lion to be the top supermarket in Delaware
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in DelawareFood Lion to be Food Lion, Acme Markets, and Harris Teeter.

Florida

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Florida to be Publix. The best independent supermarket was Bradley’s Country Store, Tallahassee.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Publix Super Markets to be the top supermarket in Florida.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Florida to be Publix, Walmart SuperCenter, and Albertsons.

Georgia

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Georgia to be Publix. The best independent supermarket was Supermercado Chicago, Doraville.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Georgia.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Georgia to be Publix, Kroger, and Walmart SuperCenter.

Hawaii

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Hawaii to be Costco. The best independent supermarket was Tamashiro Market, Honolulu.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Safeway to be the top supermarket in Hawaii.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Hawaii to be Safeway Times Supermarket, and Costco.

Idaho

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Idaho to be Albertsons. The best independent supermarket was Lark and Larder, Boise.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Albertsons to be the top supermarket in Idaho.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Idaho to be Albertsons, Walmart SuperCenter, and Costco.

Illinois

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Illinois to be Jewel-Osco. The best independent supermarket was HarvesTime Foods, Chicago.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Jewel-Osco (Albertsons) to be the top supermarket in Illinois.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Illinois to be Jewel-Osco (Albertsons), Aldi, and Walmart SuperCenter.

Indiana

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Indiana to be Kroger. The best independent supermarket was Wildwood Market, Indianapolis.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Kroger to be the top supermarket in Indiana.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Indiana to be Kroger, Walmart Super Center, and Marsh Supermarket.

Iowa

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Iowa to be Hy-vee. The best independent supermarket was C Fresh Market, Des Moines.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Hy-vee to be the top supermarket in Iowa.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Iowa to be Aldi, Hometown Foods, and Dahl Foods.

Kansas

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Kansas to be Hy-vee. The best independent supermarket was Thai Binh Supermarket, Wichita.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Kansas
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Kansas to be Dillon Stores, Walmart Supermarket, Aldi.

Kentucky

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Kentucky to be Kroger. The best independent supermarket was Frank’s Meat & Produce, Louisville.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Save-A-Lot to be the top supermarket in Kentucky.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Kentucky to be Kroger, Walmart SurperCenter, and Save a Lot.

Louisiana

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Louisiana to be Rouses. The best independent supermarket was Dorignac’s Food Center, Metairie.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Louisiana.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Louisiana to be Walmart SuperCenter, Piggly Wiggly, and Brookshire Brothers.

Maine

Maryland

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the supermarket in Maryland to be Giant Food. The best independent supermarket was Lancaster County Dutch Market, Germantown.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Giant Food (Royal Ahold) to be the top supermarket in Maryland.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Maryland to be Safeway, Food Lion, and Giant Foods.

Massachusetts

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Massachusetts to be Market Basket. The best independent supermarket was Roslindale Fish Market, Roslindale.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Stop & Shop (Royal Ahold) to be the top supermarket in Massachusetts.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Massachusetts to be Stop & Shop, Shaws, and Big Y Foods.

Michigan

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Michigan to be Meijer. The best independent supermarket was Honey Bee La Colmena, Detroit.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Kroger to be the top supermarket in. Michigan.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Michigan to be Kroger, Mejer, and Walmart SuperCenter.

Minnesota

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Minnesota to be Hy-vee. The best independent supermarket was Tim & Tom’s Speedy Market, St. Paul.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Cub Foods (SUPERVALU) to be the top supermarket in Minnesota.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Minnesota to be Cub Foods, Walmart SuperCenters, and Aldi.

Mississippi

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Mississippi to be Kroger. The best independent supermarket was Oriental Supermarket & Restaurant, Jackson.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Mississippi.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Mississippi to be Walmart SuperCenter, Piggly Wiggly, and Kruger.

Missouri

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Missouri to be Schnucks Markets. The best independent supermarket was McGonigles’s Market, Kansas City.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Missouri.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Missouri to be Schnucks Markets, Aldi, and Town & Country.

Montana

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Montana to be Albertsons. The best independent supermarket was Good Food Store, Missouri.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Albertsons to be the top supermarket in Montana.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Montana to be Albertsons, Safeway, and Costco.

Nebraska

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Nebraska to be Hy-vee. The best independent supermarket was Jacobo’s, Omaha.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Kroger to be the top supermarket in Nebraska.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Nebraska to be No Frills, Bakers, and Hy-vee.

Nevada

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Nevada to be Smith’s Food and Drug. The best independent supermarket was Great Basin Community Food Co-op, Reno.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Nevada to be Albertsons, Smiths Food & Drugs, and Walmart SuperCenter.

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in New Jersey to be ShopRite. The best independent supermarket was Piccolo’s Gastronomia Italiano, Ridgefield.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined ShopRite to be the top supermarket in New Jersey.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in New Jersey to be Wawa Food Markets, Stop & Shop, and Acme Markets.

New Mexico

  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in New Mexico.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in New Mexico to be Smiths Food & Drug Centers, Albertsons, and Lowes Food.

New York

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in New York to be Trader Joe’s. The best independent supermarket was Rooster’s Market, White Plains.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Tops Friendly Markets to be the top supermarket in New York.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in New York to be Stop & Go, Wegmens, and Aldi.

North Carolina

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Norrth Carolina to be Food Lion. The best independent supermarket was Tidal Creek Co-op, Wilmington.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Food Lion (Delhaize Belgium) to be the top supermarket in North Carolina.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in North Carolina to be Food Lion, Walmart SuperCenter, and Harris Teeter.

North Dakota

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in North Dakota to be Hornbacher’s. The best independent supermarket was Bisman Community Food Co-op, Bismarck.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in North Dakota.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in North Dakota to be Sunmarket, Homebachers Food, and DansSuper Market.

Ohio

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Ohio to be Kroger. The best independent supermarket was DeVitis Italian Market, Akron.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Giant Eagle to be the top supermarket in Ohio.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Ohio to be Kroger, Walmart SuperCenter, and Giant Eagle.

Oklahoma

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Oklahoma to be Sam’s Club. The best independent supermarket was Edmond Meat House, Edmond.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Oklahoma.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Oklahoma to be Walmart SuperCenter, Homeland, and Albertsons.

Oregon

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Oregon to be Fred Meyer. The best independent supermarket was Cherry Sprout Produce Market, Portland.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Safeway to be the top supermarket in Oregon.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Oregon to be Safeway, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer.

Pennsylvania

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Pennsylvania to be ShopRite. The best independent supermarket was Groceria Merante, Pittsburgh.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Weis Markets to be the top supermarket in Pennsylvania.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Pennsylvania to be Wawa Food Markets, Turkey Hill Mini Market, and Giant Hill.

Rhode Island

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Rhode Island to be Whole Foods Market. The best independent supermarket was Armando & Sons Meat Market, Providence.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Stop & Shop (Royal Ahold) to be the top supermarket in Rhode Island.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Rhode Island to be Stop & Shop, Shaws, and BJs Wholesale Foods.

South Carolina

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in South Carolina to be Publix. The best independent supermarket was Bert’s Market, Folly Beach.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Bi-Lo to be the top supermarket in South Carolina.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in South Carolina to be Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, and Bi-Lo.

South Dakota

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in South Dakota to be Hy-vee. The best independent supermarket was Pomegranate Market, Sioux Falls.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in South Dakota.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in South Dakota to be Sunshine Foods, Safeway, and Buche Foods.

Tennessee

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Tennessee to be Kroger. The best independent supermarket was Three Rivers Market, Knoxville.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Tennessee.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Tennessee to be Kroger, Food Lion, and Walmart SuperCenter.

Texas

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Texas to be H-E-B. The best independent supermarket was Jimmy’s Food Store, Dallas.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Texas
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Texas to be Walmart SuperCenter, H-E-B, and Kroger.

Utah

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Utah to be Smith’s Food and Drug. The best independent supermarket was Kim Thành Supermarket, Salt Lake City.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Utah.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Utah to be Smiths Food & Drugs, Albertsons, and Costco.

Vermont

  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Shaw's (Albertsons) to be the top supermarket in Vermont.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Vermont to be Shaw's Supermarket, Hannaford, and Price Chopper.

Virginia

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Virginia to be Harris Teeter. The best independent supermarket was Shields Market, Richmond.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Food Lion to be the top supermarket in Virginia.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Virginia to be Food Lion, Walmart SuperCenter, and Kroger.

Washington

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Washington to be Fred Meyer. The best independent supermarket was Leschi Market, Seattle.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Safeway to be the top supermarket in Washington.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Washington to be Safeway, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer.

West Virginia

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in West Virginia was Kroger. The best independent supermarket was Leschi Market, Seattle.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Kroger to be the top supermarket in West Virginia.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in West Virginia to be Kroger, Walmart SuperCenter, and Food Lion.

Wisconsin

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Wisconsin to be Woodman’s Markets. The best independent supermarket was Riverwest Grocery and Cafe, Milwaukee .
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Walmart SuperCenter to be the top supermarket in Wisconsin.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Wisconsin to be Piggly Wiggly, Aldi, and Sentry Foods.

Wyoming

  • Based on the number of online searches and reviews, Tempo determined the top supermarket in Wyoming to be Albertsons. The best independent supermarket was Grant Street Grocery and Market, Casper.
  • Based on the concentration of locations, MentalFloss determined Kroger to be the top supermarket in Wyoming.
  • SupermarketPage.com found the top three supermarkets in Wyoming to be Safeway, Albertsons, and Walmart SuperCenter.

Online Grocery Shopping

  • Like the rest of the retail industry, grocery is not immune to the revolution that online shopping has started. 71% of US grocers are already exploring their online options, with many realizing that an online presence is key to remaining competitive.
  • FMI has forecast by 2025, consumers will be spending more than $1 billion online for groceries. The challenge for grocery stores will be to turn a profit from their online enterprises. In the competitive landscape that is the grocery market, many of the grocery stores have been absorbing the costs of consumer expectations like shipping and fast delivery times in order to gain market share. This is not sustainable in the long term.
  • Driving the trend toward online grocery shopping is the increasing preference of some consumers to forgo the brick and mortar store in favor of the convenience offered by online shopping.
  • Currently, 5.5% of grocery shopping is completed online, but this is expected to continue to trend upwards. By 2022, 10% of grocery shopping will be completed online.
  • When Amazon acquired Whole Foods, the major players in the industry started taking online grocery shopping seriously, due in part to the threat Amazon, with its established distribution networks posed.
  • Walmart has aggressively targeted this aspect of the market in grocery. They are experiencing success as a result. Between 2018 and 2019, Walmart almost doubled the revenue it made from its online operation. Although currently Amazon holds the greatest market share, it seems shoppers prefer Walmart, with 37% of shoppers most recently having used Walmart, compared to 29% for Amazon.

Sustainable and Ecologically Sound Choices

  • Sustainability is very much a trending topic in any aspect of retail at the current time, with consumers increasingly demanding major retailers and brands consider it. The onus to consider sustainable options when making business decisions is equally relevant in the grocery industry.
  • While initially, the push for sustainable options was directed toward the producers and suppliers, the complete supply chain now faces increased scrutiny from informed consumers, and there is a necessity for the grocery industry to play their part.
  • Driving this trend is the threat of climate change and the demand from the population in general that everyone plays a part in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Although sustainability is not a new trend, its evolution into mainstream consumer thinking is.
  • Consumers have made it very clear that they will think with their feet on this, and there is increasing research available that illustrates this point. There are many aspects to sustainability, including reducing carbon footprints, reducing food spoilage through more accurate ordering practices, and stocking sustainable products.
  • European supermarket, Bunting is one of the market leaders in this area, having gained considerable coverage recently for its drastic reduction in its carbon footprint. Bunting radically optimized the routes of its service vehicles to achieve the results it has. It is a move that has gained widespread recognition from consumers. US grocers have been put on notice it is a model they should, at the very least, be considering.

Research Strategy

Using the resources identified during the strategy phase of this project, we have completed the research into the top US supermarket chains. To determine the trends that are currently having the most impact on the grocery industry, we reviewed a range of industry publications, media articles, and expert commentary. Once we had identified several possible trends, we reviewed each individually to determine its legitimacy. The trends we have selected are those that had been written about in multiple sources, and had generated the most discussion among experts in the industry.

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