Everyone has their go-to grocery store, usually a place where they have lower prices, good deals, and a variety of products. But where you go really depends on where you live in the United States.
Thanks to a recent survey by USA Today, they determined the 10 best supermarkets in the country, and the results may surprise you a bit.
Regional supermarkets may be lesser known companies, but they have a loyal customer base. That's how a chain from Greensboro, North Carolina took home the top spot in the survey.
The Fresh Market has 159 locations across 22 different states throughout the East Coast and Midwest. They offer customers a more personalized shopping experience, and are modeled after European food markets with a focus on high-quality produce options.
"On March 5, 1982, the first The Fresh Market store opened in Greensboro on Lawndale Drive, where a store still stands today," their website says. "Everything about this small, boutique specialty grocery store was designed to enhance the food shopping experience.
"The initial 14,000-square-foot store differentiated itself from conventional supermarkets with a farmer’s market atmosphere, complete with locally-grown produce, bins of freshly roasted coffee, an old-world style butcher shop and fish market, in-store bakery, fresh cheeses and cured meats, and floral stands. The original store became the blueprint for other locations to follow."
10Best ranked Hy-Vee as the second best supermarket in the country, thanks to their great customer service. Hy-Vee prides themselves on their slogan, "A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle." They have over 240 locations in the Midwest, including in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. They will soon be opening up stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.
Aldi was voted the third best supermarket, and now has more than 2,100 stores throughout the country since opening its first U.S. store in Iowa in 1976. Aldi offers great products at affordable prices, and often has a large variety of new seasonal items.
The other supermarkets that made the 10Best rankings were Lidl, Stew Leonard's, Market Basket, Publix, Wegmans Food Markets, Trader Joe's, and PCC Community Markets.
Fans of Trader Joe's and their trendy items like everything bagel seasoning or specialty frozen meals may be surprised to be ranked No. 9 overall. Although, there are only about 530 Trader Joe's in the country.
The top 10 winner were determined by a popular vote after a group of experts and USA Today 10Best editors selected the field of supermarkets.