Special Report

The Most Popular Grocery Store Chain in Every State

> Supermarket: Stop & Shop
> Headquarters: Quincy, MA
> Year founded: 1914

There are 128 Stop & Shop markets in Massachusetts – more than double the number of any other grocer in the state. While Stop & Shop makes about $15 billion in revenue, its parent company Ahold Delhaize brings in about $44 billion across its U.S. holdings, which include nearly 2,000 grocery stores under multiple brands.

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

Getting its start in Michigan during the Great Depression, the Meijer chain is credited as one of the first supercenters. In 1962, Meijer Inc. began building hypermarkets around the Midwest, with groceries on one side and department stores on the other. There are currently 264 Meijer markets, many of which house other chain operations such as Starbucks and Subway, as well as barber shops and nail salons.

> Supermarket: Hy-Vee
> Headquarters: West Des Moines, IA
> Year founded: 1930

Hy-Vee has over 40 locations in Minnesota. In the last decade, the chain has broadened its store offerings to include not only groceries, but clothing boutiques, full-service restaurants, wine and liquor retailers, diverse food courts, and coffee kiosks. The introduction of the Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh model in 2018 added gas, sushi, wood-fired pizza, and coffee drive-throughs.

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

There may be more Piggly Wigglys than Krogers in Mississippi, but Kroger remains the most popular grocer in the state. Mississippi consistently ranks as one of the most food-insecure in the country, and Kroger has given over $1.9 million to organizations dedicated to ending hunger there, as part of its Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative.

> Supermarket: Hy-Vee
> Headquarters: West Des Moines, IA
> Year founded: 1930

In 2021, Hy-Vee was voted No. 2 in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Supermarkets in America. Customers love the Fuel Saver + Perks Program, the Chinese food, and the house-made bratwurst. In 2017, the chain began operating Wahlburgers franchises, which can be found at multiple of Missouri’s 130 Hy-Vee locations.

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