Grocery stores are hubs that house both essential and non-essential products that help make daily life that much easier by allowing customers to shop for everything at one location rather than having to make multiple trips—assuming you have your shopping list handy.
Many people favor farmers markets for some of their weekly shopping (check out our tips for shopping at farmers markets), but farmers markets aren’t always open and don’t provide the ease and convenience of grocery stores.
But how can RVers determine which grocery stores are best as they travel from one state to another? The truth is that you cannot, at least not definitively. This article is based primarily on personal experiences with varied grocery store chains across the country. We considered price, quality of products, freshness of produce, customer service, and store cleanliness.
Check below to see if your favorite store made our list of the best grocery store across America.
Meijer is a privately-owned and family-operated company that began in Grand Rapids in 1934 during the Great Depression when Frederik Hendrik Meijer, and his 14-year-old son, Fred, fulfilled a need in the community. Together, they evolved the small grocery store into a one-stop shopping experience for customers.
Today, Meijer employs 70,000 team members in six Midwest states. This local hub is a great for the everyday shopper. If you need it, Meijers probably has it. Half of the company’s 235 stores are located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, with additional locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Bashas’ is a family-owned grocery store chain located in Arizona. The Bashas’ family of stores includes four distinct formats: Bashas’, Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, and Bashas’ Diné Markets located on the Navajo Nation. The company has more than 130 stores serving every county in Arizona. Food City offers a full variety of ethnic and Hispanic food choices and is outstanding for fresh produce.
Fry’s is a chain of supermarkets that has a major presence in Arizona. Fry’s is a division of The Kroger Company. Fry’s was founded in 1954 by Donald Fry in California. With the help of his brother Charles, the store expanded into Arizona in 1960.
WinCo Foods is a privately held, majority employee-owned American supermarket chain based in Boise, Idaho with retail stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. It previously operated stores as Waremart Food Centers and Cub Foods until 1999.
WinCo Foods is an employee-owned 24/7-supermarket chain with discounted groceries and bulk foods, plus a deli and bakery. WinCo offers excellent deals on general grocery store products. Their bakery, butcher shop, and produce sections are amazing and offer very good prices as well as a variety of options for any palate.
Hy-Vee is an employee-owned regional supermarket chain of over 245 stores located throughout the Midwest in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin with 138 stores in Iowa alone. Its longtime slogan has been, “Where there’s a helpful smile in every aisle.”
Alabama: Renfroe’s Market
A longtime Montgomery institution, Renfroe’s Market focuses on giving value to every customer’s dollar. In business for over 35 years, each store is operated on the idea that customers should feel welcome upon entering the store and should have a clean atmosphere in which to shop.
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