(FOX 11) - Sorry, Trader Joe's. Wegmans is America's new favorite grocery store.
According to an annual study by consumer insights firm Market Force Information, Wegmans has taken the top spot -- followed by Publix Super Markets and Trader Joe’s.
This is the first time in four years that Trader Joe’s did not rank first.
The scoring is based on how 10,000 consumers rated "their satisfaction with their most recent grocery shopping experience and their likelihood to refer that grocer to others," a press release states.
Wegmans, a Rochester, New York-based chain, is known for its fresh produce, reasonable prices and massive stores. Despite its slower growth, the firm says the chain has managed to win over "more devoted customers along the way."
"Its focus on employee training to ensure customers have the best experience has been a winning strategy that creates superfans eager for a new location to open near their home," the firm explains.
The firm also looked at specific service and operational categories.
Although Trader Joe's was bumped to third place overall, it ranked first in cashier courtesy.
Publix and Wegmans led in most areas, including the ability to find desired items, cleanliness and specialty department service.
ALDI was the price leader, followed by WinCo and Costco.
ShopRite, Meijer and Kroger offer the best sales and promotions.
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