A recent article published by msn.com rated America’s “best” supermarkets.
With more than 66,000 supermarkets and other grocery stores in the U.S according to the U.S. Census, competition between chains has never been more fierce, the article said.
For the purposes of this list, supermarkets were defined as brick-and-mortar grocers, grocery stores, membership-only warehouse clubs, and nationwide department store retailers that have supermarkets within their retail locations. In addition, only those supermarkets with outposts in multiple states and more than five locations total were considered.
Judgments were made according to the following criteria:
Stock: A wide range of brands and offerings, including organic, locally sourced, artisanal, local favorites, international foods, and private label.
Services/Departments: Departments, including butcher, deli, bakery, and pharmacy.
Innovation: Delivery options, mobile apps, and staying on top of the latest trends.
Customer Service: Efficient checkout and self-checkout, easy returns/exchanges, loyalty programs, and personal touches like baggers who take groceries to the car.
Appearance and cleanliness: Brightly lit displays, tidy shelves, clutter-free aisles, and scuff-free floors.
Contribution to the community: Creating local jobs, working with local farmers and suppliers, and helping the less fortunate.
The top ten selections on msn’s list were: