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The Latest Trend Is Grocery: Bigger Is Not Always Better

The Latest Trend in Grocery: Bigger Is Not Always Better

Grocery store fads aren't limited to the items stocked on shelves or the three-for-the-price-of-one special in aisle five. The latest trend in grocery has to do with the size of the stores: There's a shift of chain stores creating more compact versions of their original supermarket selves.

The large grocery chains aren't closing their existing behemoth stores, and their move to gain market share by opening smaller stores with less choices is a statement in choice itself. When we're making a quick trip to the store to buy a couple of items or maybe something for a meal, entering a store with thousands of options is more time-consuming than it needs to be and often leads to spending more money than we intended.

If you're thinking what I was thinking — that these stores are simply channeling 7-11 — the smaller locations will focus on prepared meals and fresh produce and not the traditional convenience store taquitos. Would smaller markets with known names appeal to you?


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SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
I hate it when I can't find everything at one store so I usually go to the big ones anyway.
cageyme cageyme 8 years
I find the small grocery stores irritating. I like to cook and it's hard to find all of the ingredients I need/want at many of the smaller stores. I either have to go to more than one place or drive out of my way to a bigger store. If I was strictly a meat/potatoes person it probably wouldn't matter. I also like to wander up and down looking at everything. I find it very soothing.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that in a place like NYC it makes sense to have a smaller store. #1 the cost of rent for them is high - and that means that the cost of food will be that's not helpful to consumers. also, we have to carry our groceries home - not drive them home so we're not as likely to buy as much at once - so it really is sensible to have a smaller store.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I live in the city so my supermarkets are pretty small by comparison. In general, I love shopping at smaller stores instead of giant box stores. I get lost and it's a totally inefficient experience!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I usually shop at a small Vons by my house. It takes a lot less time to find things. But there are a few staples they don't carry, so when I run out of those I go to a bigger one.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Power to them if they can figure out how to use a smaller space efficiently and still be effective!
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