There are two kinds of people in this world: Trader Joe's loyalists and diehard Whole Foods fans. Sure, customers will head to the other store out of necessity, but that's the exception, certainly not the rule.
The Daily Meal, a foodie website that is perhaps best described as Buzzfeed meets Food Network, reached out to readers to ask, "What is America's Best Grocery Store?" The results revealed that Trader Joe's beat out Whole Foods to come in at No. 1.
"The diversity of gourmet, organic, and vegetarian options as well as excellent prices and quality keep [Trader Joe's] on top of the list," editor Emily Jacobs writes. And here, we thought it was the cookie butter and Two-buck Chuck.
And don't worry Whole Foodies, the Austin-based chain came in a respectable No. 2. Applauded for its high standards and specialization in organic and natural foods, The Daily Meal also notes Whole Foods' commitment to quality. The retailer took the silver-medal status in stride, tweeting out its thanks.
Other notable retailers that made the list include Costco at No .3, Super Target at No. 9, Walmart Supercenters at No. 10, Kroger at No. 11, Sprouts at No. 17 and H-E-B at No. 19.