KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna residents don’t have to travel far to visit one of Wisconsin’s favorite grocery stores.

A new survey released last month of the favorite grocery store in each state ranks Piggly Wiggly as tops for Wisconsinites.

Kaukauna has had a Piggly Wiggly since 1952, when then owner Larry Verhagen’s successful local grocery became a Piggly Wiggly. Now owned by StoneRidge, the Pig also has local locations in Little Chute, De Pere, Wautoma and Winneconne.

The survey was released by the bi-partisan research group, Wise Voter, which uses its studies to explain key issues to voters.

Wisconsin’s top five favorite groceries, according to the survey:

  • 1 Piggly Wiggly
  • 2 Aldi
  • 3 Meijer
  • 4 IGA
  • 5 Trader Joes

Minnesota and Iowa prefer Hy-Vee, Illinois chose Jewel-Osco and Michigan’s favorite is Meijer.

WiseVoter analyzed America’s favorite grocery stores by foot traffic per state.

As Americans recover from the pandemic and see a rise in prices with inflation up to 8.2% as of September 2022, grocery stores have seen an increase in foot traffic by 2.9%, compared to last year. This might be because consumers prefer to eat at home compared to dining out, according to the study.




By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.