Walmart cracks the top 3 on this list of America’s best grocery stores

A shopper picks out groceries while at the Walmart Super Center in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

In the era of online grocers and meal kit subscriptions, traditional supermarkets are doing their best to stay relevant.

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Some of the nation’s top grocery stores have found new and innovative ways to lure elusive millennial customers. According to the Daily Meal, their methods include labeling fresh foods, like produce, with detailed information about what they contain, and organizing their stores in ways that cater to health-conscious consumers.

For example, a common shopping tip is to stick to a supermarket’s perimeter, where meat, dairy, and fruits and vegetables are more likely to be located. Since 26 percent of millennials only shop the perimeter, stores are making that area more navigable and attractive.

Unsurprisingly, Whole Foods tops the Daily Meal’s list of America’s best grocery stores for 2017. The Texas-based chain has banned certain ingredients, such as hydrogenated fats, and contributes to animal welfare and sustainability initiatives. Plus, despite its “Whole Paycheck” reputation, it is possible to save money while shopping there!

Fan favorite Trader Joe’s placed second, and we were pleasantly surprised to see Walmart Supercenter come in at number three. In addition to being among the country’s least expensive retailers, Walmart now offers more healthy and organic options than ever.

Stew Leonard’s, which only has locations in Connecticut and New York, and Florida-based Publix round out the top five:

  1. Whole Foods Market
  2. Trader Joe’s
  3. Walmart Supercenter
  4. Stew Leonard’s
  5. Publix
  6. Jungle Jim’s International Market
  7. H-E-B
  8. Berkeley Bowl
  9. Sprouts Farmers Market
  10. New Seasons Market
  11. ALDI
  12. Giant Food
  13. The Fresh Market
  14. Hannaford
  15. Wegmans
  16. Balducci’s
  17. Market Basket
  18. Safeway
  19. Stop & Shop
  20. Hy-Vee
  21. Giant Eagle
  22. Winn-Dixie
  23. Piggly Wiggly
  24. WinCo Foods
  25. Kroger

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