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Readers' Choice: What's the Best Grocery Store in Town?

There are several grocery stores to choose from in Wayne.

For this week’s Readers’ Choice we’re asking residents what their favorite grocery store is.

There are a few grocery stores in Wayne, each with its own style and selection of items offered.

A&P and Shop Rite are traditional, mass-market grocery stores. They each feature a deli and bakery.

Trader Joe’s offers a large selection of the company’s own name-brand items. There is an assortment of gourmet, organic, fair-trade, vegetarian, frozen, and imported foods. There are also a section of hygiene products, including some all-natural varieties.

Corrado’s is one of several family-owned markets. The store features aisles of traditional grocery items along with a large selection of fresh produce, fish, meat, and bakery items.

Voting ends at 9 a.m. Friday.

Starting this week, votes will not be the only factor used in determining a Readers’ Choice winner. 

The business with the most verified votes will receive 10 points, the business with the second most verified votes will receive eight, and the business with the third most verified votes will receive six.

Users may also rate a business in the applicable Patch Places directory listing (ratings are based on a five-star scale and you must be a registered user in order to rate a business). The business with the best rating will receive 10 points, the business with the second best rating will receive eight points, and the business with the third best rating will receive six points.

Points will be added up when voting concludes. The establishment with the most number of points received from the two factors will be declared the winner.

Last week, readers chose as .

Editor's note: A copy of the rules governing Patch's Readers' Choice poll has been attached to this article.

Scondo March 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Stop and shop, better bakery than shop rite, deli people who are friendly and don't snarl at you like at sr, corridors is a fun place to shop, once your get past the powerful aroma walking in the door, great butcher shop , good deli, good bakery but oh so jammed with the esoteric food items. Surpringly better produce available elsewhere. Over ripe at C. Shop rite seems to need an overhaul
Sandy Fantau March 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I like Jack's Foodtown Rt. 23
fboy1932 March 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Stop n Shop is over priced on all products. I can get the same products at Shop-Rite for less with the same quality. Corrados is only good for their hard cheeses, packaged and can goods any meat, fish and fruit purchased has an average of a 2 day shelf life, it changes color and goes bad. And for the fresh Mozz, its over worked and rubbery. Trader Joes is good for the gourmet nick knacks, hit or miss.
Wayne's World March 19, 2012 at 01:43 PM
From May to October, the only place I will shop for produce is Farms View farm on Black Oak Ridge. The produce is unbeatable by any chain that has to truck in from whereever and I really like to support a local business and especially the only farm left in Wayne. Soooo worth the extra trip. Shop Rite is cheapest mass supermarket in NJ and the only place to go for staples (that is, if you like to save money). The only places that even compare are Target or Wal-Mart but their selections are limited and they carry crappy brands for the most part. For my money, Corrado's is the only place to go for specialty food items, produce, fish and meat, which is pretty much my entire shopping trip most of the time. Prices are very comparable if not better than the mass chains and the quality far better. If you look closely, almost any supermarket will beat the others on price on an item here or there, but I have noticed that A&P, Stop&Shop and Jack's are about 10-20% more expensive on almost every equivalent food item than Shop Rite. All of the mass supermarkets have terrible produce and meat, and most are pretty limited in brand selection to mass-produced brands. We are lucky to have Corrado's...funny, I have seen the Corrado's trucks outside of MarketBasket in Franklin Lakes a few times. I think they supply MB with prime meat and some produce. I can't even think of another market that is such one-stop shopping.
Cosmo March 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The reason Corrados fruits and veggie’s don’t last is because they buy rejected product. It’s called B and C product. Example: if a truck pulls up with a load of peaches, cheese, or boxes of cookies and supermarkets like King’s or Shop Right reject it for some reason. Like maybe being to old and not ripe. The truck is not going to drive back to Florida or the product is not going to be shipped back to Poland. Instead they sell it to Corrado’s for 10 cents on the dollar. That is why Corrado’s produce is cheap but also very bad. Always bruised and does not last very long. They also sell product you are unfamiliar with from places like Poland and Italy so you have nothing to compare it to, therefore they can sell it for a higher price and you don’t know the difference. You are unable to compare it to something you saw in Shop Right or Kings to compare price. There are smart, but very deceptive. Buyer beware.
Wayne's World March 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Cosmo, while I believe there is something to what you say, I believe their produce problems are overstated. All "farmer's markets" (other than those run by actual local farms in the summer) sell lower grade produce. The ones in Paterson, on Rt. 46 behind Willowbrook Nissan and on Rt. 17 in E. Rutherford come to mind. I have experienced some produce problems with things I bought at Corrado's, but no worse than any mass supermarket. Generally, they have a MUCH larger variety of items and most are in very good condition. The primary downside of having so much variety from all over is that produce quality suffers due to the long distance travel and packaging. Everything is picked before it should be and a lot of stuff doesn't travel well. Even top produce places like Garden of Eden, Zabar's, Balducci's, etc. suffer from these issues, although they do almost always get premium quality. I don't have a problem with that part of it. On top of that, fresh produce is not meant to last very long once it has been harvested. It has already traveled a long way in most instances to get here. For the limitations that exist, Corrado's has by far the best variety and quality overall. Everyone is in the same boat on the quality/spoilage issue. For people here who haven't tried it, do yourself a favor and visit a farm or farmstand this summer, particularly our very own Farms' View. You'll eat like a king and will never go back to supermarkets until you have to.
Resident Kelly March 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
@ Wayne's World...You are right,, we do need to shop locally. Farmers Markets are great but you still don't know what they are using to grow their food. Nothing is more local than your own backyard. That's why we need to support the Chicken Hen Guy and start raising hens for fresh, healthy, organic eggs. And start gardening ourselves. Think about being able to go our your back door and being able to harvest your families, breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's fresh. That's healthy. Knowing where and how your food was grown. Amazing!
LishaP March 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Why isn't Foodtown on the list? They may be compact, but their produce is always fresh, they even have a nice small selection of organic. Their deli is good and they have a nice selection of meats. I don't often buy cleaning products there, preferring to buy those in bulk. Their staff is helpful and friendly and the store is clean!
Jack March 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Corrado's - hands down the best.
KayTea TaoZen March 23, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Jacks foodtown!!! Why isn't that on the list? It's bigger then trader joes and owned by a Wayne resident!
Linda March 23, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I haven't been back to Corrado's in months - sick of having to return rotting produce within 2 days, and stinky fish/meat after a couple days... I don't really do the Trader Joe's circuit, although when I pop in there, I find some interesting items, A&P needs a serious renovation, so that leaves Shop Rite, which is not bad for the money. I will only go to the Farmers Market on 46, behind Nissan - they have the widest selection and I NEVER have a problem with their produce (and my New Years resolution is lots of fruits and veggies - and I've been sticking to it!!) I like Jack's Foodtown on 23, but yes, it is much too compact - too bad they can't take over the A&P on Valley Road. So, my vote is for ShopRite!
Frank Corrado March 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Corrado's hands down. I never had a problem with anything there. Always friendly and professional staff. Products are always fresh and they are different then a chain supermarket.
Frank Corrado March 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Thanks to all of the people who vote for Corrado's! We have very loyal customers and great products. That is why our 3rd generation family business has been in business for over 60 years. We love being in Wayne. I have been a Wayne resident for 21 years and I feel like I know each customer that comes through the door. I feel we try to set ourselves apart from being a typical supermarket by carrying hard to find products, gourmet catering, store made delicacies and outstanding customer service. Again, thanks to all of our customers for making our business a successful hometown specialty market.
Marie March 24, 2012 at 05:25 PM
@ Frank Corrado, I love your stores and have been going to all your locations, including the one on Railroad Ave in Paterson (when your grandparents ran this location) since I was a child. As a matter of fact, when I was pregnant with my first child and yearned for watermelon in January, it was Corrado's who came through for me, not the chain supermarkets. I appreciate the Wayne location and will never forget the kindness of your family to a pregnant woman who craved watermelon in January.
charmed March 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Corrado's is the best!!!...Not only the market but their catering is great!...I also think it's awesome that they give back to the community....A big THANK YOU to Corrado's for that!

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