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How Clean is Your Favorite Grocery Store? We Can Tell You!

Do you know how clean your local grocery store is? Consumer Reports might. In a recent survey of over 75,000 people across 96 grocery stores, they came up with the “top-rated groceries in Consumer Reports’ recent nationwide member survey of grocery stores, supermarkets, and warehouse clubs.”

CR based its cleanliness on criteria determined by executives of the Cleaning Services Group (CSG). This criteria included “how clean the stores’ sidewalks and entryways were, the number of working hand sanitizers and cart wipes available, how often stores cleaned their floors (and how quickly spills were wiped up), and how spotless restrooms were.”

Among the cleanest were: regional retailers Wagman’s, Heinen’s, Gelson’s, Market Basket, and national grocer, Trader Joe’s. 

There 17 other stores that also scored high marks in cleanliness. In ratings order, they are:

• New Seasons Market
• Publix
• Military Commissary
• The Fresh Market
• Festival Foods (Wi.)
• Dierbergs
• Lunds & Bylerlys
• Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
• Natural Grocers
• Reasor’s
• Raley’s
• Lowes Foods (NC, SC, VA)
• Hy-Vee
• Haggen Northwest Fresh
• Lidl
• Roche Bros.
• Brookshire’s

Those stores ranking the lowest in the survey, include:

  • National brand Walmart Supercenter
  • Tops and Key Food
  • Ohio-based Marc’s

You can read the full Consumer Reports article here, to find out which grocers made the list. If you do not see your go-to major retailer on the list, do not fret. It is possible there wasn’t enough available data for it to rank.

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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