Most of us rely on grocery stores for our daily needs. They are the places where you can find everything you might need to live, from fruits and vegetables to dried goods, meats, fish, laundry detergent, paper towels, candles, shampoo and so much more. They are hubs that house both essential and non-essential products that help make daily life that much easier and allow customers to buy everything at once rather than forcing people to make multiple trips — assuming you have your shopping list handy! Of course, these days, many people favor farmers markets for some of their weekly shopping (check out our ranking of the 101 best farmers markets in America), but farmers markets aren’t always open and certainly don’t provide the ease and convenience when it comes to certain items that grocery stores do. [related]
But how in the world can you determine which grocery store is the best in every state? The truth is that you cannot, at least not definitively. For this story we scoured the internet for as much information as we could find, cross-referencing other best-of lists that have previously been written as well as reviews on Google, Yelp, Foursquare, and Facebook. We analyzed local polls, social media posts, and check-ins. (Unless indicated otherwise, all reviewer quotes were collected from Google Reviews.) We also conducted informal polls of friends, family, and acquaintances in far-off states in search of the answer, weighing concerns and praise about price, quality of products, and customer service, as well as store cleanliness.
Note that this report excludes small specialty and gourmet markets and focuses on the everyday shopping needs of the American consumer. Still, you’ll find that independently owned and locally founded stores often won out over the big chains like Kroger or Whole Foods.
Check below to see if your favorite store made our list of the best grocery store in every state.
Rachael Pack contributed to this roundup.