Special Report

The Best Grocery Store Chain in Every State

6. Colorado
> Supermarket: King Soopers
> Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
> Year founded: 1947
> Best independent grocery store: Pete’s Fruit and Vegetables, Denver

This Colorado-born chain was actually founded by a King — grocer Lloyd J. King, who had earlier launched a small group of markets called Save-a-Nickel. There are now King Soopers stores all along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, mostly in Colorado but also in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Since 2007, the chain has been part of the Kroger Company.

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7. Connecticut
> Supermarket: Stop & Shop
> Headquarters: Quincy, Massachusetts
> Year founded: 1914
> Best independent grocery store: Million Asian Market, New Haven

The Stop & Shop chain dates its origins back to 1914, when the Rabinowitz family opened a small grocery in Somerville, Massachusetts. Four years later, it had grown to a 32-store chain, and today includes almost 420 locations in the New York Tri-State area, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is credited with pioneering the superstore concept in Massachusetts in 1982. Since 1996, it has been owned by the European supermarket conglomerate now called Ahold Delhaize.

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8. Delaware
> Supermarket: BJ’s Wholesale Club
> Headquarters: Westborough, Massachusetts
> Year founded: 1984
> Best independent grocery store: Janssen’s Market, Greenville

A membership chain selling many other items in addition to groceries, BJ’s is a smaller competitor to Costco and Sam’s Club, with just over 210 stores in 16 states. In 2014, BJ’s became the first major wholesale retail chain to begin donating unsold poultry, meat, fish, and produce to local food banks and other hunger-relief agencies.

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9. Florida
> Supermarket: Publix
> Headquarters: Lakeland, Florida
> Year founded: 1930
> Best independent grocery store: Bradley’s Country Store, Tallahassee

Employing more than 200,000 people, the Publix chain recorded retail sales in 2018 of $36.1 billion. It has 1,239 locations in all, as well as nine distribution centers (all but two in Florida) and 11 manufacturing facilities (in Florida and Georgia).

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10. Georgia
> Supermarket: Publix
> Headquarters: Lakeland, Florida
> Year founded: 1930
> Best independent grocery store: Supermercado Chicago, Doraville

Publix has been recognized by Fortune as one of the country’s most admired companies every year since 1994, and has also won plaudits from that publication for being, among other things, one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” “Best Workplaces in Retail,” “Best Workplaces for Women,” “Best Workplaces for Diversity,” and “Best Workplaces for Millennials.”

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