What Are Some Smaller Regional Supermarket Chains in the Northeast?


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Trader Joes, Food Bazaar Supermarkets, C-Town, Pathmark and Price Chopper are among the relatively small supermarket chains throughout the northeast United States. Some even smaller regional chains operating in parts of the northeast are Giant Eagle, Giant Food, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, and Weis Markets.

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Among supermarket chains in the Northeast, Market Basket, Trader Joe's, and Wegmans can boast of especially high customer satisfaction. All of them ranked as some of the nation's best supermarkets according to the 2012 issue of Consumer Reports. Wegmans ranked as the best in the nation, Trader Joe's ranked second best, and Market Basket came in seventh place. In contrast, Pathmark ranked as worst overall due to terrible customer service and a significant number of shopper complaints. Price Chopper, though not ranked as highly, received additional comments and praise in the Consumer Reports issue for its Advant Edge Card program and other additional discounts they offered in response to a sour economy.

Small regional supermarket chains such as Trader Joes or Wegmans all operate stores throughout a large number of the states in the Northeast, and the smaller regional chains such as Giant Eagle or Weis Markets operate stores primarily in either one or two states. Some larger distribution and supermarket chains also own independently operated regional supermarket chains, with regional brands serving as segments of a larger network.

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