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What is the best grocery store in Sacramento? Survey results

Last week, Bee readers voted for the best grocery chain (or chain with the best deals) in the Sacramento area.

One thing was made clear: Sacramentans are passionate about their go-to food market.

And after nearly 2,000 responses and 16 grocery chains to choose from, the results are in.

Here are your top picks:


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A shopper leaves Raley’s in Village One Plaza Tuesday morning (10-30-12) in Modesto, CA. in this file photo Bee. Joan Barnett Lee Modest Bee

Raley is ranked No. 1 and accounts for almost half of all votes. Its members get personalized offers, savings and access to online shopping for same-day in-store pickup and home delivery at select stores, according to its website.

He obtained 810 votes, or 45%.


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The entrance to the Nugget Market in Davis on Wednesday February 18, 2015. Randall Benton [email protected]

Ranked #2, but receiving about half of Raley’s votes, Nugget Markets offers weekly promotions on meats, produce, dairy, frozen, and staples. Simply filter your location to review your store’s deals for the week.

He obtained 409 votes, or 23%.


A person waits to enter a Trader Joe’s grocery store as a customer leaves in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Damian Dovarganes PA

Coming in at No. 3 and receiving less than half the votes from Nugget Markets, Trader Joe’s does not offer a rewards program, according to its website. But this chain of grocery stores offers daily prices for products that are submitted to a taste panel before being put on the shelves.

He obtained 123 votes or 7%.


Operating under the same flagship brand as Raley’s, Bel Air received significantly fewer votes than Raley’s but tied with Trader Joe’s. Bel Air shares the same savings program as Raley’s: personalized offers, food and gas savings and online shopping benefits.

He obtained 123 votes or 7%.


People wait to shop at WinCo Foods in Kennewick on Monday morning. On Sunday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a statewide lockdown would go into effect this week to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state and nation. Jennifer King [email protected]herald.com

Ranked #4 with less than 10% of votes, WinCo Foods offers digital coupons, discounted items and weekly promotions.

He obtained 74 votes or 4%.


Customers walk to their vehicles with their purchases recently at Costco in Kennewick. Rumors are circulating on social media and in the Tri-Cities that a Costco will be building a new Pasco store. Jennifer King [email protected]

Making the list the only wholesale warehouse chain, Costco ranked #5 and received less than 100 votes. At Costco, shop warehouse prices for brand name food and household products.

He obtained 57 votes or 3%.


A San Francisco school staged a protest Wednesday for Ja’Mari Oliver, an 11-year-old black man falsely accused of stealing a sandwich from a Safeway store. Paul Sakuma Associated press kit

Safeway ranked #6 in the “Sacramento Area’s Favorite Grocery Chain” poll, receiving less than 5% of the votes. Safeway offers weekly savings, online shopping benefits and a rewards program.

He obtained 54 votes or 3%.


And while you’re at it, vote in round 2 for “Best Sacramento Area Sandwich in Sacramento.” Vote in the poll below. If you visit a restaurant, remember to stay safe and follow local COVID-19 guidelines. The survey closes Thursday, March 3. Don’t see your favourite? Please email us at [email protected]

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Brianna Taylor is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. A former Bee intern, Brianna has also reported from Missouri and Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University.