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ShopRite vs. Price Chopper: Which Is Better?

Price Chopper and ShopRite are two hugely similar grocers. They have fewer stores than big-box supermarket chains, but they have loyal customers. So today, let’s look at ShopRite vs. Price Chopper:

Both ShopRite and Price Chopper are known for quality products, but ShopRite is better known for its organic selections, many coupons, promotions, and lower pricing.

But that’s just a quick glimpse!

And there are areas where Price Chopper beats ShopRite. So in this article, we’re diving deep in comparing both. We’ll explore not only quality, but price, convenience, locations, and customer service.

Let’s get into it!

Does Price Chopper have more locations than ShopRite?

No, Price Chopper does not have more locations than ShopRite. ShopRite has 315 locations compared to 131 Price Chopper locations.

ShopRite’s locations are spread across:

  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland
  • New York

By comparison, as I mentioned, Price Chopper has 131 locations. Those are located in:

  • New Hampshire
  • Connecticut
  • Upstate New York
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts

While ShopRite has its roots in New Jersey, Price Chopper has a bigger presence in Upstate New York and surrounding counties.

Is Price Chopper cheap?

Price Chopper is low priced, but not among the cheapest of grocery stores. In a recent comparison made between 10 grocery stores, including Price Chopper, it was determined that Price Chopper falls between being “cheap” and “somewhat expensive.”

That being said, Price Chopper is definitely cheaper than ShopRite. But only on certain items.

The comparison was made on 25 grocery items, including apples, cheese, cooking oil, onion dip, peanut butter, cheerios, and meat. (source)

While most items were cheaper at Price Chopper, their store brand meat was more expensive than ShopRite.

Below are five items that were used to compare prices between the grocery stores:

Item ShopRite price Price Chopper price
Chicken breast, skinless, boneless, store brand $3.49 $3.79
Crisco pure vegetable oil (48-ounce bottle) $4.29 $2.49
Ground beef, 80% lean, store brand (1 pound) $3.49 $4.99
Jif peanut butter, creamy (40-ounce jar) $6.29 $5.99
Kraft American Cheese (16 singles) $3.99 $3.19

In this same comparison, Walmart came up the most times with the cheapest items.

Walmart has over a thousand stores and is well known to have some of the most affordable prices in the grocery industry.

Check out my recent article on ShopRite versus Walmart. I’ll talk about which is cheaper, how their delivery fees compare and much more!

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Do both ShopRite and Price Chopper deliver?

Yes, they both ShopRite and Price Chopper offer delivery service as well as pick up service, with Price Chopper being slightly less expensive for both. Price Chopper delivers through its Shop4U service. ShopRite delivers through Shop From Home.

How grocery delivery works with Price Chopper

As I mentioned, Price Chopper delivers through its Shop4U service.

They make ordering convenient with their app or on their website. Simply select Shop4U from the drop-down menu on the website or app and register.

They deliver to more than 500 zip codes in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Upstate New York, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Price Chopper delivers your items to your door, or you can opt for their Pickup option.

You wouldn’t need to get out of your car because a shopper will pack your groceries in your trunk. Simply pay by credit card and be on your way. Here’s another interesting fact.

They deliver catering dishes for large groups. You can get customized dessert and deli platters delivered right to your door or ready for pickup.

Shop4U has a service fee of $10 and an additional delivery fee of $5.99.

The Pickup fee is $3.99 or less, depending on your order total. First-time customers actually get a 50% discount on their service fee, which extends to every fifth order placed. Wait, it gets better!

Once you place an order, a Price Chopper Shopper will call or email you to verify the order and total cost. Customers are also able to get the full benefits of all coupons and promotions available at Price Chopper.

How grocery delivery works with ShopRite

ShopRite has the Shop From Home service that allows you to order groceries through the app or on the website and have them delivered to your door.

Pickup is also available, or you can even finish shopping inside the store if you forgot to add an item. ShopRite’s service fee is $10, and it won’t be waived even if you opt for their Pickup option.

Keep in mind that Curbside Pickup costs $5.95, and regular deliveries cost $6.95 depending on your zip code. Orders over $150 are free.

Shoppers are available through both text and via call if you need to make changes to your order or select alternatives.

Does Price Chopper have better meat than ShopRite?

Both Price Chopper and ShopRite sell excellent quality meat. However, Price Chopper has a much clearer animal welfare standard on its website and has won more awards for meat quality compared to ShopRite.

One does have an edge over the other so let’s take a look at that.

Both grocers source their meat from small independent farms. In 2019, Price Chopper was awarded by the Certified Angus Beef brand.

They were recognized with the No. 5 Sales Volume Large Chain Retailer award.

The Certified Angus Beef brand also awarded ShopRite for Excellence in Beef. They were awarded for leadership in quality, sales, and marketing. Much like Price Chopper, they have in-house butchers available for your custom cuts.

While Price Chopper is clear about its Animal Welfare Policy, ShopRite is not.

You might be a little skeptical about purchasing meat from them. Here’s my recent article on ShopRite versus Wegmans.

Wegmans has meat that is Humane Farm Animal Care Certified. They have also been ranked as the best grocery store in the US. Check out that article to get the inside story on the two grocers!

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Who has better produce, ShopRite or Price Chopper?

ShopRite is typically cheaper on produce, but both have comparable quality produce. ShopRite and Price Chopper both feature an excellent selection of fresh produce, often from local farms, including some varieties of organically grown produce. 

So whether ShopRite has better produce than Price Chopper is debatable. I can fairly say, though, that both grocers have produce of similarly good quality. 

Price Chopper buys produce from over 70 local growers and has been doing so for over 80 years. Most of the crop gets delivered to their warehouses, and some get delivered directly to the stores. 

ShopRite has an extensive selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. At least at the New Jersey locations.

They have long standing relationships with nearby farms, much like Price Chopper. Since ShopRite stores are independently owned, you will find similar, but not necessarily the same produce quality in all stores.

Price Chopper and ShopRite both have weekly circulars with deals on produce, but produce at ShopRite is cheaper most times.

Price Chopper does have a mascot, though, the Produce Monster that talks to customers about their products. You can find stickers of the mascot on produce as a guarantee for great taste.

If you’re looking for the very best in produce and don’t mind paying a little extra, then check out my recent article on Whole Foods versus ShopRite. You’ll want to see how the mecca of all things organic compares to ShopRite.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Final Thoughts

In this article, we compared ShopRite and Price Chopper.

ShopRite has more locations and overall better prices than Price Chopper. Based on the price comparison, ShopRite is a better place to buy your meat and produce.

Both Price Chopper and ShopRite use the Instacart delivery service and offer online ordering options.

Delivery charges might vary depending on your zip code. Both grocers have similar quality in meat and offer grass-fed and organic options. ShopRite and Price Chopper have good quality produce, but you will get better prices at ShopRite. 

Photos which require attribution:

Price Chopper Grocery Store and Shop Rite by Mike Mozart are licensed under CC2.0

Jeff Campbell