30 of America’s Most Popular Grocery Stores

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10. Kukje Super Market
> Location: Daly City, California (population: 106,480)
> Total Yelp reviews: 718
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.0

Kukje stocks a full line of housewares — for bedroom and bathroom as well as kitchen — in addition to an array of produce, including Asian specialty items, farmed fish imported from Korea, various cuts of meat, and other Asian and American foods. “Go here and get all of your Asian (especially Korean) groceries and snacks,” advised one Yelper.

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9. Takahashi Market
> Location: San Mateo, California (population: 103,500)
> Total Yelp reviews: 760
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.5

Founded by Japanese immigrant Tokutaro Takahashi in 1906 and still family-owned and -operated, Takahashi sells a complete line of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, and Thai groceries, both fresh and packaged. It also specializes in Hawaiian foods, importing ingredients like poi (taro paste) every week and offering island-style plate lunches — loco moco, Spam musubi, kalua pork, and the like.

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8. Costco
> Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (population: 351,792)
> Total Yelp reviews: 811
> Avg. Yelp rating: 3.5

Like its competitor Walmart, Costco, established in Seattle in 1983, sells a huge array of merchandise, of which food and drink is only a part. Unlike Walmart, it is open to dues-paying members only. There are well over 500 of the stores in the U.S., including two in Honolulu. In its Iwilei location, as at all Costcos, there is a full range of packaged food products as well as fresh produce, meats, and baked goods.

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7. Bi-Rite Market
> Location: San Francisco, California (population: 864,263)
> Total Yelp reviews: 919
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.5

From its display of locally and organically grown flowers to its premium produce (some from its own three-acre farm) to the handmade ice creams from its newly reopened Creamery, Bi-Rite wins plaudits from San Franciscans. “Small but mighty,” said one Yelp reviewer.

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6. Trader Joe’s
> Location: New York, New York (population: 8,560,072)
> Total Yelp reviews: 962
> Avg. Yelp rating: 3.5

Founded in Pasadena, California, in 1967, Trader Joe’s is famous for its Hawaiian-shirt-sporting employees and its low-priced groceries and prepared and frozen foods — including many under its own private labels — as well as for its discount wines (including the famous “Two-Buck Chuck”). This 15,000-square-foot outpost on East 14th Street (including the next-door wine shop) opened in 2006, marking TJ’s entry into the New York City market. There are now nine of the stores in New York City (including wine shops) and almost 500 across the country.

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