The Definitive Ranking of Medium to Large Los Angeles Area Grocery Store Chains

The Definitive Ranking of Medium to Large Los Angeles Area Grocery Store Chains

By Alex Kerekes

I am from an upstate New York city called Rochester. Like most of the state, it exists to serve the downstate population as an extended suburb of NYC, about 5-6 hours away. With the Big Apple stealing nearly all the attention away from everything else in the state, Rochestarians have learned to take pride in their cities home-grown successes. The Erie Canal. The Garbage Plate (look it up, eat one, then get back to me). Kristen Wiig. Abby Wambach. However, there is one thing that warms our hearts during the frigid winter months more than anything else, and that is Wegmans. Yes, it is a grocery store. It is also heaven. I don’t have enough room to explain why, you’ll just have to trust me.

I’m studying in Los Angeles this semester, which means no dining halls or prepared meals. Which means unless I want to survive, I have to buy food. Which means going to a grocery store. Which means having to find a grocery store that compares to Wegmans. Which is impossible. However, I tried.

Here are my findings:

Vons: At first I thought it was the flagship store for the skateboard shoe company Vans. This made sense at first, because everyone in California skateboards. After realizing it wasn’t a store for my favorite fourth-grade shoe, I ventured in. Honestly, it wasn’t bad. But…

Is it better than Wegmans? NO

Trader Joes: A quick Google search tells me Trader Joe’s was founded in Los Angeles. Funnily enough, one opened recently in Rochester. From the way some people talked about it, I expected there to be an opening night concert featuring Prince and the Beatles while being hosted by peak-2010 Ryan Seacrest. Trader Joe’s is overrated. Less selection, higher price, and maybe like five items are a high enough quality to justify this.

Is it better than Wegmans? NO

Costco: I had never been to a Costco before. My friend had a membership, so we loaded up there at the start of the semester. You can go a lot of food for not a lot of money. Aesthetically, it felt like a Wal-Mart. Wegmans feels like a friend’s house.

Is it better than Wegmans? NO

Ralphs: I don’t know if there is a huge Ralphs/Vons rivalry, but there should be. They’re incredibly similar. The only reason I like Ralphs more is because I signed up for a shopper’s card there. And before you tell me they’re free and I could easily get one at Vons, I know. I already got one at Ralphs. Sometimes things just happen.

Is it better than Wegmans? NO

So there you have it. There is nothing better than Wegmans in Los Angeles. But the sunny days here outnumber Rochester’s sunny days 13,879,123,487,421-31 (all time record), so I think people here are going to be ok.