Kroger vs Meijer: Which is the better store?

In our previous review of Sprouts vs Whole Foods to see which is the better store, Whole Foods Market emerged the winner.

Not only does it have better pricing, but it also has more organic food products than Sprouts does.

In today’s post, we take a look at another grocery store comparison; The Kroger vs Meijer battle.

Which store is better than the other?

Before we answer that, let’s introduce you to both stores first.

What you need to know about Kroger & Meijer

Kroger is a popular American retail company. It was established in 1883 by Bernard Kroger, and is now the United States’ largest supermarket, in terms of revenue.

In general, it is the second-largest general retailer, having more than 2000 stores spread across the United States. 

Meanwhile, Meijer is a large American chain of supermarkets, and is known throughout the Midwest.

It was established in 1934, founded by Hendrik Meijer, and is now one of the largest privately owned chain of grocery stores.

Also, Meijer operates over 200 grocery stores in the following places:

  • Michigan (where the headquarters is based)
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Wisconsin

Is Meijer better than Kroger?

There are a lot of factors to consider, in order to determine if Meijer is better than Kroger. 

Pricing is one. Some would say Meijer is cheaper than Kroger, but our review of the pricing system should help you know better.

Kroger vs Meijer prices: who is cheaper?

Kroger is cheaper than Meijer, and here’s why.

Not only is Kroger older than Meijer, but that gives it more purchasing power than Kroger than Meijer.

Meaning that Kroger has the financial ability to buy more products and services than Meijer does.

Kroger store map illustration

Additionally, Kroger has over 2,000 stores to house these products and services while Meijer has just about 240 stores

Even while Kroger is still closing more of its stores over hazard pay laws for workers, there’s a huge gap between both store counts.

Kroger checks proximity and affordability on the ideal grocery store checklist. 

So in this round of the Kroger vs Meijer prices battle, the former wins.

Who has more variety?

Meijer has more variety of items to shop for than Kroger does.

Though it’s store count is much lower than Kroger’s, Meijer is the best option to go to if you need a wider tray of options.

Assorted apparels on hangers in clothing store

Kroger sells mostly grocery items, so you can’t buy clothes, shoes or electrical appliances there.

That means, if your child spills his juice box on your favorite concert T-shirt, you can’t run into a Kroger store for an emergency changeup.

Meijer, on the other hand, is a one-stop store. 

Basically, it’s the cheaper version of Walmart, and so it has everything from groceries to home items, and even outdoor equipment.

Who has better meat Kroger or Meijer?

Kroger is one of our top 3 selections of grocery stores with the best steaks.

The store gets its meat from Simple Truth Organic, which has been certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as organic.

Raw meat cuts on a wooden platform

As for Meijer, it’s a hit-and-miss case. Your chances of scoring some nice meat cuts are 50/50.

That aside, their meat prices surpass that of stores like Costco. The only time you can catch them cheap is if there’s a sale.

So in this round of the Kroger vs Meijer battle, Kroger wins again.

But overall, Whole Foods has the best meat to buy.

Which grocery store has the freshest produce?

Both Kroger and Meijer have fresh and high-quality food. So in this round, we’d say it’s a tie.

Kroger sells all kinds of fresh produce, including salads, juices, apples in a pound, and veggie trays, all of which you can access with instant grocery delivery services like Instacart.

Kroger fresh produce aisle

It’s a more convenient option for avoiding in-store shopping than Kroger’s delivery service.

That’s because Instacart has personal shoppers that run your grocery shopping errands, and then deliver the items straight to your home.

But let’s not forget Meijer’s fresh produce. Meijer has two major product lines, which are:

  • Meijer Organics
  • Meijer Naturals

The Meijer Organics brands are USDA certified as organic, while the Meijer Naturals brands are not.

If you’d like a closer look at their major differences, here’s an article that summarizes the Meijer Organic vs Meijer Naturals brands.

Summarizing both stores

To cap up our review of Kroger vs Meijer, we made a short list of the pros and cons of both stores, inspired by customer experiences:

Meijer

Pros

  • Has quality & fresh produce
  • More variety of products & services
  • Fully stocked shelves
  • Top-notch customer service

cons

  • Poor quality meat
  • More expensive than Kroger
  • Slow check-out  

Kroger

Pros

  • Fast check-out
  • High-quality meat & fresh produce
  • Cheaper option than Meijer
  • Multiple stores available across the US

Cons

  • Poor customer service & slow response time to customer complaints
  • Delivery service isn’t top-notch
  • Only sells grocery items/ Has lesser variety than Meijer

Our final verdict

Personally, we think Kroger is the better option to shop at, when compared to Meijer.

Front view of Kroger store building

But at the end of the day, it comes down to your choice and what you want.

If you prioritize variety over anything else, then Meijer is your store. 

It certainly offers a lot more services outside the conventional supermarket operation. E.g. Nail salons, barbershops, etc.

But if your target is scoring quality grocery food items at cheaper prices, then hit Kroger.


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