Multiple locations; www.raleys.com
One supermarket is pretty much like another, right? Not to the legions of Raley’s and Bel Air fans in the Sacramento region. This local, family-owned chain based in West Sac is known for its excellent customer service and for its top-notch produce and meat departments. Stores are large, clean and well laid-out, with wide aisles (no shopping cart traffic jams here) and a comprehensive selection of food, pharmacy and hardware items. The chain always has been forward-thinking and ahead of the curve: It offered in-store cafes and prepared, ready-to-eat foods long before its larger, national-chain competitors, and it jumped on the organic and natural foods bandwagon early on.