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Consumer Reports is out with its annual ranking of the nation's supermarkets, based on a survey of more than 60,000 shoppers, concluding that Wegmans is the best food store in the US.

The balance of the top 20 list include, in order, Publix, Trader Joe's, Fareway Stores, Market Basket, Costco, Raley's, Sprouts, Fresh Market, Stater Bros., WinCo, Hy-Vee, HEB, Aldi, Whole Foods, Fry's, Harris-Teeter, King Soopers, and Fred Meyer.

The four chains at the bottom of the list: Pathmark (owned by A&P), A&P, Walmart Supercenters, and Waldbaums (owned by A&P).

The story says that freshness and prepared meals usually are seen by shoppers as being the differentiating offerings that define a good store vs. a bad store.
KC's View:
Got an email from an MNB user taking note of how poorly A&P did in this survey, and he added:

I bet you didn't know that when you call A&P's corp. office in Montvale NJ, the recording says that their office hours are M-F from 8:30am-4:45pm. Need anyone say any more? Go figure!