Grocery Store Wars
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's battle for best grocery store in U.S.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Trader Joe's loyalists and diehard Whole Foods fans. Sure, customers will head to the other store out of necessity, but that's the exception, certainly not the rule.
The Daily Meal, a foodie website that is perhaps best described as Buzzfeed meets Food Network, reached out to readers to ask, "What is America's Best Grocery Store?" The results, which were announced on April 29, revealed the California-based Trader Joe's beat homegrown hero Whole Foods to come in at No. 1. "The diversity of gourmet, organic, and vegetarian options as well as excellent prices and quality keep [Trader Joe's] on top of the list," writes editor Emily Jacobs. We thought it was the cookie butter and Two-buck Chuck.
And don't worry Whole Foodies, the Austin-based chain came in a respectable No. 2. Applauded for its high standards and specialization in organic and natural foods, The Daily Meal also notes Whole Foods' commitment to quality. The retailer took the silver-medal status in stride, tweeting out its thanks.
THX! Proud of our quality standards! RT @thedailymeal@WholeFoods congrats on being #2 on our Best Supermarkets list: http://t.co/Le56LPUEWH— WholeFoodsMarket PR (@WholeFoodsPR) April 29, 2014
Other local retailers that made the list included Sprouts which came in at No. 17, H.E.B at No. 19, and Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers at No. 23.