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What Are The Largest Grocery Stores In America?

Joe H. Apr 9, 2003 10:33 PM

In discussions on various boards mega super markets such as Stew Leonard's in Connecticut, Jungle Jim's (expanding to over 250,000 square feet northwest of Cincinnati), Woodman's (based in Wisconsin with a store under construction that will be 252,000 square feet), Wegman's which have several stores of 125 to 135,000 square feet of retail space (not including warehouse and other area which may total over 200,000 total), Schnuck's in St. Louis who have a huge store that I was in two years ago that must be at least 150,000 square feet are all mentioned.
Several of these claim to be America's largest. What is America's largest? Please understand that this must be exclusively food related not a hyperstore such as a Super Walmart or Meier or Super Target which incorporate food plus department store.

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    Querencia Oct 22, 2009 02:04 PM

    I go by counting how many checkouts there are. In Europe's hypermarkets I have counted 45 open checkout lanes. Do we have that many in the States?

    1. meatn3 Oct 22, 2009 10:22 AM

      Your Dekalb Farmers Market in the Atlanta area is 140,000 sq. ft.
      This is not really a farmers market, but a huge international grocery. I drive hours out of my way to visit it!


      1. Karl S Sep 26, 2009 07:45 AM

        The new Market Basket in Chelsea MA is 135K sf, and is ranked the largest in New England.

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          cycloneillini Sep 25, 2009 07:39 PM

          Lord help me. It takes me over an hour to grocery shop in a regular sized store. I don't know what I would do if I had 200,000 sq ft to work with. Is there anything they don't carry!?

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            mrnyc Apr 10, 2003 06:53 PM

            i bet the bodega below my building has all the items those places do. they have at least one of every item on earth squirreled away in some nook.

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              jkgourmet Sep 25, 2009 11:54 AM

              Any updates on this thread? I heard that something huge opened a few weeks ago - like 2 football fields!


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                cburnsi Oct 22, 2009 05:17 AM

                I'm just outside of Pittsburgh today - in Settler's Ridge. There is a huge Giant Eagle market going in called Market Pantry. All the press say it is the third largest grocery store but I cannot find the "list" anywhere. This is truely a big store (150,000sf) and I wish I had come two weeks from now so I could see it in operation.

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              belle Apr 10, 2003 01:03 PM

              Woodman's in Madison is definitely the biggest store i've ever been in. Fairway uptown in nyc is pretty big though.

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                Jennifer G. Apr 10, 2003 01:48 PM

                Yep, as a former Madisonian, Woodman's is huge. One advantage the chain has in the size department are the liquor laws in Wisconsin that are more accomodating to a huge store providing one-stop shopping. Living now in Pennsylvania, where you not only need a separate state store for wine and liquor but also another one for beer, I sure missing this convenience.

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                Artie Apr 10, 2003 10:43 AM

                Woodman's Kenosha,Wisconsin store is believed to be the largest in the United States at 250,000 square feet.

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                  GoalieJeff Apr 9, 2003 11:43 PM

                  I don't ever want to find out .

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                    bigskulls Apr 10, 2003 09:47 AM

                    agreed. I'd only want to know so I could avoid it. Costco gives me hives....

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                      TampaAurora Sep 26, 2009 11:12 AM

                      Me too, but only because of a severe dust allergy.

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