Are These the Worst Supermarkets in America?

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Are These the Worst Supermarkets in America?

Are These the Worst Supermarkets in America?

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Unless you shop for food exclusively via FreshDirect or are rich enough to have someone do your grocery shopping for you, you most likely spend a fair amount of time at the supermarket, which means you most likely have a love-hate relationship with it. Some supermarkets are excellent, but others, well, not so much. Every year, Consumer Reports releases a list of the best and worst supermarkets, and these are the worst. 

#15 Giant Eagle

#15 Giant Eagle

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This chain (which has locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland) received a score of 72 out of 100, receiving especially low scores for price satisfaction and local produce quality.

#14 Winn-Dixie

#14 Winn-Dixie

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Winn-Dixie, located in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, also scored 72, receiving especially low marks for the selection of local products. 

#13 Giant

#13 Giant

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Giant received low scores in nearly every category it was judged on, receiving 71 points total. The chain has locations in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. 

#12 Randall’s

#12 Randall’s

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Also receiving 71 points, this Texas chain received an OK cleanliness score, but received poor scores in pricing and local product quality. 

#11 Safeway

#11 Safeway

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This chain, with locations in the Western and Central U.S., also received surprisingly low scores across the board, tying Giant and Randall’s with 71 points.

#10 Jewel-Osco

#10 Jewel-Osco

Jewel-Osco, with locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, received 70 points, earning its lowest scores on price and local product quality. 

#9 Stop & Shop

#9 Stop & Shop

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Also with 70 points, this Northeast chain received poor scores in price, service, and local product quality. 

#8 Acme Markets

#8 Acme Markets

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This Mid-Atlantic chain received at- or below-average scores in all categories (price and local product quality being the worst), tying Jewel-Osco and Stop & Shop with 70 points. 

#7 Pick ‘n Save

#7 Pick ‘n Save

This Wisconsin chain received the lowest scores possible in price and local product quality, earning a middling 69 points total. 

#6 Tops

#6 Tops

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This chain, with locations in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, received low marks in nearly every category, scoring a 67.

#5 Shaw’s

#5 Shaw’s

Shaw’s®

Also with 67 points, this New England chain received its lowest scores in price and local product quality. 

#4 Pathmark

#4 Pathmark

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Pathmark has locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and received low scores in prices, service, food quality, and cleanliness. Its 66 points are a modest improvement from 2012, when it ranked even lower.

 

#3 A&P

#3 A&P

A&P

Tied for last place in the ranking, with 64 points, is A&P, which has locations in Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. It fared poorly in just about every category. Declaring bankruptcy in July didn’t help.

#2 Waldbaum’s

#2 Waldbaum’s

Also with 64 points, this New York chain received the lowest score possible on service, cleanliness, food quality, price satisfaction, and product quality/ variety. 

#1 Walmart Supercenter

#1 Walmart Supercenter

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Rounding out the bottom of the barrel is Walmart Supercenter, which also received 64 points, receiving the lowest marks possible in nearly every category.