If you don’t live in the Northeast, you might not have heard of the supermarket chain Wegmans. But with its wide aisles, in-store dining, and incomparable wine selection, it has quickly gained a cult following since spreading across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Now, according to a new study from Marketforce Information, it might be even better than Trader Joe’s when it comes to consumer satisfaction.
In Marketforce Information’s 2016 grocery study, Wegmans dethroned Trader Joe’s as the store with the most loyal customers. TJ's had previously held the title for four years. Surprisingly, too, Publix Super Markets edged out Trader Joe’s for the second place spot, too (TJ’s sits in third place). However, the competition is fierce with just single percentages separating the three brands.
Don’t live near a Wegmans? The chain, which has also been named on Fortune's "Best Companies to Work For," is set to open a new store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and to expand south, with stores planned in Virginia and Delaware. That means more shoppers can help themselves to the store's famous deli counter, bulk candy section, and more in the near future.
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