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06:31 pm | May 15th, 2019

Power Ranking: Grocery Stores

Jay Arnold


I’ll confess that I’d probably cook at home a lot more if grocery shopping wasn’t the absolute worst thing in the world. I loathe going to the grocery store more than just about any other task but it must be done. With that in mind, here are the best of the best when it comes to grocery stores that don’t completely suck.

10. Safeway

I’ve had exactly one experience at a Safeway and it wasn’t fantastic. Definitely not worth going back.

9. Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s lures you in with the promise of good deals and better products but they don’t have a butcher in the store which means the meat isn’t fresh. No thank you.

8. Aldi

The only time I’ve been to an Aldi it was alright. Nothing really stuck out to me about it. I’d go again in a pinch but probably only if there was nothing else around.

7. Whole Foods

I like Whole Foods but it’s too expensive for me. Maybe one day when I have enough money to actually shop at Whole Foods, it will move up on my power ranking, but today is not that day.

6. Sam’s Club

I’ll talk more about bulk shopping when I get to Costco, which is a much better bulk shopping store than Sam’s Club.

5. Kroger

I like Kroger enough and have no problem shopping there when I’m back home in Rockwall. I just don’t particularly care for the way the store is set-up. I feel like they just kind of randomly through the aisles together with no organization.

4. Tom Thumb

I feel like Tom Thumb is a slightly nicer version of Kroger. I could be wrong but I’m a fan of the few Tom Thumb’s I see hanging around.

3. Costco

As someone who despises grocery shopping, my goal is to go to the store as little as possible. Costco is all about buying in bulk which enables you to not go to the store as often. Also, they have free samples. I am all about the free samples.

2. Publix

If I’m being one hundred percent honest, I’m just throwing Publix in the number two spot for the chicken tender subs. The prices at the Publix I went If you know, you know.

1. H-E-B

I had never been to an H-E-B before college. After I moved into my apartment in College Station, my first shopping trip was to an H-E-B to buy Easy Mac. After that, I’ve never looked back. Am I biased? Absolutely. I’m a Texas boy to my core and I think loving H-E-B is part of that but there’s just something about the Texas-based grocery store that’s tough to beat. Moving back to DFW meant going without H-E-B for longer than I would’ve liked, but now that I’m in Houston, I’m reunited with the best damn grocery store out there.

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