Remember, the perimeter items are where the profits are… the more perimeter stuff they can add, the more money they make.
To answer your question: Yes, when I’m in the mood for the mega-store experience.
I think you are referring to the Schwegmann Brothers Giant markets. I loved them. They even sold house brand beer brewed in New Orleans for them by the Dixie Brewing Company. They eventually faltered, and sold out to A&P, I think, around 1996 or 1997. Shortly thereafter, their house brand frozen foods showed up in Manhattan dollar stores. The Giant markets you remember are gone.
[:D]H.E.B.Grocery Stores headquarted here in San Antonio now has a new H.E.B. Plus Store on Blanco and Loop 1604.The thing is their version of Walmart selling not only groceries and other food stuffs,but tvs,etc.
Back in 1982 we went to New Orleans. They have this place called I think Schumlya Brothers.Anyhow this place was huge with a bank,food,tires etc.We had never seen a place like that before.
Though I don’t always think big is better.
I dunno…with the opening of smaller, select chain "Sendik’s", here in the Milwaukee area, and the anticipated opening of a Wegmann’s on Howell Ave, some large chains (not that Wegmann’s isn’t a huge box store – similar to Sam’s and Costco, but you don’t have to be a member) like Roundy’s (Pick N Save, Copp’s) are running scared. They are dropping prices and adding coupons and making all sorts of changes in order to compete.
Big Box stores are competition, like any other. I like them for certain things (selection, pricing), but I like my little "boutique" groceries like Sendik’s and Groppi’s, and V. Richard’s (which are both actually a part of Sendik’s) too.
Ohio is right up there. Cinci has Jungle Jims and Dayton has the Dorthy Lane Market(Only the main store)
The margin on groceries alone is pretty low. By adding all these other items thay are able to bring the bottom line up quite a bit. Our local cahin, Martin’s, has done this about 2 years ago. I like it for the wider variety.
Do I like stores this big?
Yes and no.
I like the variety of the produce. I like being able to get fresh herbs 12. mos a year. I also like the variety of other items that you might not normally get. I guess we have to thank all those cooking shows for that.
I do not ever go to the food courts or cafes. We have one here in CT at Big Y. Not a food court per se but a deli that serves about 6 entres including pizza, and those wrought iron tables and chairs to sit at.
As I grow older my diet seems to get more specialized. I do mostly all homemade fresh cooking even to where I make my own stocks and sauces to avoid the salt in processed products.
So, yes I like the the big store but only use what I need.
There seems to be a growing trend to bigger and bigger supermarkets. They’re not content to just sell food.
Here in Brick,NJ we have a new SUPER Shop Rite that now has a food court that sells all kinds of exotic meals to eat in a small cafe…pizzashop and mexican foods of all kinds, and Italian foods,some not even found in many restaurants etc. ..a make your own hamburger counter. They have a chinese food court,,,a tropical island paradise food cafe….a baby sitting area…a fancy cigar store….a giant isle of foreign products..and it takes quite a lot of time to look at everything in this supermarket!!!So much produce! Do you like stores this big…has your market opened a "Super" version with so many add-ons?
The “SUPER” Supermarket
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