The St. Croix and St. Thomas Market Basket survey findings, which were completed on June 6, 2023 have been released to the public, Commissioner Richard T. Evangelista, Esq. of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs announced Friday.
The Market Basket survey consists of a smaller number of items than usual due to staffing challenges; however, DLCA knows that people rely on the information to make informed purchases. The survey is designed to inform consumers of which stores have the best prices, no matter the brand of staple grocery items. The number of items compared on each island varies because of comparison guidelines that require items to be identical to produce a valid survey.
On St. Croix, five stores were surveyed: Pueblo Golden Rock, Pueblo La Reine, Plaza Extra East, The Market, and Stop and Shop Supermarket. Twenty-nine of the same items were compared at each location. The Market had a market basket cost of $167.60. Pueblo La Reine and Pueblo Golden Rock had a market basket cost of $170.76 and $181.27, respectively. Plaza Extra East had a market basket cost of $172.51. The Stop and Shop Supermarket had a market basket cost of $177.31.
On St. Thomas, four stores were surveyed: The Market, Food Center, Pueblo Long Bay, and Pueblo Sub Base. Nineteen of the same items were compared at each location. The Market had a market basket cost of $73.53. Pueblo Long Bay and Pueblo Sub Base had a market basket cost of $76.73 and $76.72, respectively. Food Center’s market basket cost was found at $108.81.
Consumers are reminded to shop wisely and compare food prices to make the best economic choices. Consumers or Merchants with questions may contact Consumer Affairs Division on St. Croix at 713-3522, on St. Thomas at 714-3522, or on St. John at 693-8036. For consumer-related issues, you may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook.