Consumer Reports: Best and worst grocery stores

Posted at 6:54 AM, Apr 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-04 07:20:41-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A new report shows which grocery stores we love, and which ones get a big thumbs down.

Consumer Reports recently released rankings of the best and worst supermarkets across the country, along with the biggest gripes we have when we’re at the store.
More than 24-thousand people weighed in on the report, rating Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Fareway, and Costco as their favorites among the 52 major grocery stores.

Customers were frustrated by Walmart Supercenter, Pathmark, and Pick ‘n Save.
The biggest gripe overall: not enough open checkouts, followed by congested or cluttered aisles and advertised specials that were out of stock.

The report also detailed store traps that cause you to spend more like those sneaky sale signs that read five for five dollars, implying you need to purchase the entire amount to get the discount or bump out displays that curve out and catch the eye.

The report also said you can save money by going against the grain, and shopping clockwise, instead of the typical counterclockwise store arrangement.