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The Most Popular Grocery Store Chain in Every State

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> Supermarket: Harris Teeter
> Headquarters: Matthews, NC
> Year founded: 1960

Harris Teeter operates in the southern Atlantic region, with 261 stores in seven states. Before the popular chain was bought by Kroger in 2013, it saw an annual revenue of $4.5 billion. Customers love the high quality private label products (especially the ice cream), the huge prepared foods section, and the free cookies available at the bakery counter.

> Supermarket: Safeway
> Headquarters: Pleasanton, CA
> Year founded: 1915

Safeway has 179 stores in Washington. The chain has numerous private labels including O Organics, Open Nature (all-natural products), Lucerne Dairy Farms, Signature Care (wellness items), and Primo Taglio (deli meats and cheeses). Upon Albertsons’ acquisition of Safeway, Albertsons grocery stores began carrying many of these private labels.

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West Virginia
> Supermarket: Kroger
> Headquarters: Cincinnati
> Year founded: 1883

Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation has funneled tens of millions of pounds of excess food that could no longer be sold from Kroger retail stores, distribution plants, and manufacturing facilities to Feeding America partners across the country, including in West Virginia, one of the most food insecure states in the country. There are currently 40 Kroger locations in the state.

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> Supermarket: Meijer
> Headquarters: Grand Rapids, MI
> Year founded: 1934

Meijer’s stores are known for their exceedingly fresh produce, and for being open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (a practice which has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic). In addition to stores in Michigan and Wisconsin, Meijer serves Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky, which brought in a total revenue of $19.59 billion in 2020.

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> Supermarket: Albertsons
> Headquarters: Boise, ID
> Year founded: 1939

Nine locations may not sound like much, but in a state with around 50 grocery stores total, Albertsons provides a crucial service. In addition to supermarkets, around the country Albertsons runs over 400 fuel stations, 1,700 in-store pharmacies, 20 food processing plants, and 23 distribution centers.

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