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Old 08-01-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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That's pretty much the premise of this article.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/superma...80210213748382

What do you think? Some people say we have too many grocery stores, other people say our stores are too big. Then other people say the stores we do have don't have the right selection.

All I know is, there is no perfect store. And I usually have to shop 3-4 different stores every week. Sometimes I want organic French olive oil, sometimes I want Oreos. Sometimes I want fresh halibut, sometimes I want boiled peanuts. Why can't one store have everything?

Why has no one been able to come up with the perfect store? Not too big, not too small, not too expensive. This should not be that hard.

Maybe the solution is no store and buying everything online. That way, no wasted time and trips to the store where you can't find the right selection or price or quality. That's what the "experts" say anyway.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Not if they're all profitable.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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There is no "Perfect" store. You adjust your buying to what's available, on my planet.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:17 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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No, if they are making money & giving people jobs, then I like to have a choice of stores to shop at. I shop mostly at Grocery Outlet, but they do not have everything, all of the time, so I also go to other stores to get those items. I also shop Trader Joes & go there once a month. Variety is the spice of life.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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In my area we have 3 supermarkets and many discount type chains. It is a seasonal resort area. Great during the season off season their business gets slow. We see independents who can not make it every year. On the other hand there are small towns and semi rural area near by with only a small store or maybe no stroe for miles.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:27 PM
 
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TAll I know is, there is no perfect store. And I usually have to shop 3-4 different stores every week. Sometimes I want organic French olive oil, sometimes I want Oreos. Sometimes I want fresh halibut, sometimes I want boiled peanuts. Why can't one store have everything?

Why has no one been able to come up with the perfect store? Not too big, not too small, not too expensive. This should not be that hard.
Your answer is right in the question. You admit you want a lot of different things at various times. Other people have long lists of completely dfferent things they want at various times. That's too many things to have in one "not too big" store, altogether.

I shop at Ralphs (large supermarket), Sprouts (for produce), Trader Joe's, and the farmer's market. Sometimes I wish I could get by with just Trader Joe's, since I love many of their products and they're right across the street, but their produce is not the best and there are too many things they just don't carry.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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That's pretty much the premise of this article.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/superma...80210213748382

What do you think? Some people say we have too many grocery stores, other people say our stores are too big. Then other people say the stores we do have don't have the right selection.

All I know is, there is no perfect store. And I usually have to shop 3-4 different stores every week. Sometimes I want organic French olive oil, sometimes I want Oreos. Sometimes I want fresh halibut, sometimes I want boiled peanuts. Why can't one store have everything?

Why has no one been able to come up with the perfect store? Not too big, not too small, not too expensive. This should not be that hard.

Maybe the solution is no store and buying everything online. That way, no wasted time and trips to the store where you can't find the right selection or price or quality. That's what the "experts" say anyway.
What you're looking for wouldn't be easy. If the perfect store has to carry all the variety that you and everyone else wants, how can it be "not too big"? They have to put all that priduct somewhere. Ordering everything online makes returns/exchanges a pain. Plus, sometimes you need it now, not tomorrow.

No, I don't think we have too many stores. Competition is good for keeping prices in check. More stores means more convenience as well. As long as there's enough business to go around. If there isn't, you'll see places closing. I like shopping multiple stores. I like variety. After doing it for a while you know which store will have whatever product/price you want.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:11 PM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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What you're looking for wouldn't be easy. If the perfect store has to carry all the variety that you and everyone else wants, how can it be "not too big"? They have to put all that priduct somewhere. Ordering everything online makes returns/exchanges a pain. Plus, sometimes you need it now, not tomorrow.

No, I don't think we have too many stores. Competition is good for keeping prices in check. More stores means more convenience as well. As long as there's enough business to go around. If there isn't, you'll see places closing. I like shopping multiple stores. I like variety. After doing it for a while you know which store will have whatever product/price you want.

I agree that all this competition is awesome.

But I feel like a lot of American consumers actually are tired of having to walk aisle after aisle of 20 different milks and cereals and drinks. They would be just fine with three brands. They don't need 10 or 20 brands. That's why Aldi and Trader Joe's are so popular. Smaller stores and mostly just one brand.

We are at a tipping point where the American consumer values TIME (just give me fewer brands in a smaller store I can get in and out of quickly) over VARIETY (Wegmans for example).

I feel like the era of the big box grocery store is over. This includes Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, etc.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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No, if they are making money & giving people jobs, then I like to have a choice of stores to shop at. I shop mostly at Grocery Outlet, but they do not have everything, all of the time, so I also go to other stores to get those items. I also shop Trader Joes & go there once a month. Variety is the spice of life.
Grocery stores are in trouble. A lot of them are not making as much money as they have in the past. Too much competition.

I have always wanted to visit a Grocery Outlet. What's it like?
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...We are at a tipping point where the American consumer values TIME (just give me fewer brands in a smaller store I can get in and out of quickly) over VARIETY (Wegmans for example)...
Don't include me in your generalizations.
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