Giant Foods accounts for more than a quarter of the groceries sold in Stafford County, according to a new report by trade magazine Food World’s 2019 Mid-Atlantic Market Study.

The 12-month study from April 2018 to March 2019 includes most major supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

Giant’s strength in the local market may be as much about the names missing from the list, like Whole Foods, Wegman’s and Trader Joe’s. They’re missing out on a piece of more than $340 million in sales in the county, according to Food World.

Giant Foods grocery sales in Stafford in the 12-month period were $88.17million, slightly lower than the same period a year earlier.

Meanwhile, Walmart and Target both reported around $2 million in growth in their grocery sales year-over-year. Walmart reported $50.2 million in sales and Target reported $30.1 million.

Just to the north in Prince William County, “international markets” — specialty and ethnic supermarkets that are at least 20,000 square feet in size — as a group were the top grocery sellers. Ten international markets reported a combined $193.1 million in grocery sales over the 12 months, accounting for more than 11 percent of Prince William County’s nearly $1.69 billion in grocery sales.


 Food World’s ranking of grocery store chains in the county, based on sales from April 2018 through March 2019.

Name                          No. of stores  Sales*            Pct. of market

Giant Food                  3                      $88.17             25.56%

Walmart Supercenter             2                      $50.20             14.55%

Weis Markets              4                      $42.22             12.24%

Wawa                          5                      $35.90             10.41%

Target                          2                      $30.10             8.73%

Shoppers                     1                      $28.90             8.38%

7-Eleven                      11                    $18.30             5.31%

CVS                            4                      $17.50             5.07%

Aldi                              1                      $6.90               2.00%

Lidl                               1                      $6.80               1.97%

Sheetz                         1                      $4.90               1.42%

Rite Aid                       1                      $3.60               1.04%

Fas-Marts                    2                      $3.10               0.90%

Royal Farm Stores     1                      $2.40               0.70%

Circle K                       1                      $1.60               0.46%

* - Sales in millions of dollars

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