Stores Need to Adapt in Order to Survive
Supermarket grocery stores have been
a tradition for nearly a century. Americans have made weekly trips to
their local super markets to purchase groceries. Things have been
changing. Many shoppers have switched to mega-stores like Wal-Mart
Super Centers and specialty grocery stores like Trader Joes and Whole
The first self service grocery store
to open was the Memphis Tennessee Piggly Wiggly in the early 1900ís. In
1930 Michael McKullen opened the first supermarket in Queens New York.
Within a decade the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company spread the idea
across the country. At that time the chain became the fifth largest
corporation in America.
Americans average 2.2 trips to the
supermarket each week spending on the average $24.64 per visit. Costco
and Walmart are both putting a crimp in the grocery storeís profits.
According to a CBS News Poll 6 in 10 Americans buy their groceries at a
mega-store now. According to CBS 15 cents of ever grocery dollar is now
spent at Wal-Mart.
Albertsons has had to close many of
their stores the past few months. They have closed stores in Colorado,
California and throughout their market. Sometimes they donít even give
notice of the closures. They might just close the doors without any
Some analysts predicted that the
grocery stores would be forced to close stores. During the recent
grocery store strike in California, one of the reasons the store
management gave for not capitulating to the unions demands was the
With recent news of Albertsons woes,
it appears they were right. In the past two decades 10,000 grocery
stores have closed their doors. Winn Dixie is in bankruptcy and
Albertsons is looking for a buyer to avoid closing their chain.
Nowadays customers demand either
super savings or super service. Convenience is not as important to most
shoppers anymore. The grocery stores have been trying to reinvent
themselves, but they have a lot of catching up to do.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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