Best MD Grocery Stores Revealed In New Price, Quality Rankings

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Data analytics firm dunnhumby released its seventh annual Retailer Preference Index earlier this month, ranking grocery stores on several metrics. (David Allen/Patch)

Patch reporter Megan VerHelst wrote this story.

MARYLAND — We all have a favorite grocery store in Maryland, but how well does it stack up against the others in terms of prices, promotions, quality and other measures?

The data analytics firm dunnhumby helps customers sort it out in its seventh annual Retailer Preference Index released earlier this month. The index is made up of the 65 largest U.S. retailers selling everyday food and non-food items. The ranking system looked at five categories: price, promotions, and rewards; quality; digital; operations; and speed and convenience.

Overall, Texas-based H-E-B was ranked as the top U.S. grocery store, followed by Amazon, Costco, Market Basket, Sam’s Club, Wegmans, Aldi, ShopRite, Walmart Neighborhood Market stores and Walmart, respectively.

When it comes to just quality, the list shakes out differently, with H-E-B coming in at No. 7 and outranked by No. 1 Wegmans, followed by Trader Joe’s, The Fresh Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Fresh Thyme Market and Publix, respectively. Big Y, Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods rounded out the top 10.

Here’s a look at how well stores in Maryland ranked in other measures considered by dunnhumby:

Top retailers by price are:

  • ALDI: 3rd place
  • Grocery Outlet: 4th place
  • Walmart: 5th place
  • Save-A-Lot: 8th place
  • Lidl: 9th place

Top retailers by promotions and rewards in Maryland are:

  • Safeway: 5th place
  • Giant Food: 10th place

When prices are combined with promotions and rewards, the top retailers in Maryland are:

  • ALDI: 3rd place
  • Grocery Outlet: 4th place
  • Walmart: 6th place
  • Lidl: 7th place
  • Save-A-Lot: 9th place

In the speed and convenience category, top stores in Maryland are:

  • ALDI: 3rd place
  • Grocery Outlet: 5th place
  • Food Lion: 7th place
  • The Fresh Market: 8th place
  • Save-A-Lot: 9th place

In the operations category, top stores in Maryland are:

  • Costco: 1st place
  • Harris Teeter: 2nd place
  • Sam’s Club: 3rd place
  • Wegmans: 5th place
  • BJ’s Wholesale: 7th place

In the quality category, top stores in Maryland are:

  • Wegmans: 1st place
  • Trader Joe’s: 2nd place
  • The Fresh Market: 3rd place
  • Sprouts Farmers Market: 4th place
  • Harris Teeter: 9th place
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