That has also taken a toll on the one-size-fits all supermarket. “Remember A&P? It was around for more than 150 years, but closed in 2015,” Stanger said.
Now the stores that fare the best are so-called premium stores such as Wegmans, specialty stores like Trader Joe’s and discounters such as Idaho-based WinCo, the ratings magazine said.
In fact, Wegmans has held the top spot among all food retailers since 2006, according to a Consumer Reports subscriber poll, thanks to its competitive prices, prepared foods, healthy options and customer service.
But making one to Wegmans run for ready-to-cook meals, another to Trader Joe’s for Two Buck Chuck and a third stop at Costco for paper towels, along with all of the impulse items along the way, can strain any household budget, not to mention the time wasted food shopping.