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We Are Significantly Different Than Others

We do not use the same dollar sales figure for each store owned by a chain. Using Kroger as an example, we know that the sales of a Fred Meyer Store are significantly higher than the sales of a Jay C store. Therefore, it does not make sense to use the average sales per store of the total Kroger Company for each of these two widely different retail brands, and for all the other Kroger stores and Kroger brands.

We include convenience store chains that have significant grocery volume: e.g. 7-Eleven, Circle K, Kroger's Kwik Shops and Turkey Hill Minit Markets. There are thousands of these stores, which collectively do billions of dollars in Grocery sales.

We Update And Evaluate Each Company Every Year

We obtain information from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to retailers, wholesalers, the Internet, local market sources, trade associations, and trade media.

Television Coverage

We list the source of television coverage for each metro/micro area. This provides an easy and logical way to evaluate the reach and effectiveness of local television advertising.

Market Statistics On An Index Basis

The figures in this section are on an index basis and show how the market compares to the National Average on a per capita basis (U.S. average equals 100) for selected categories. The figures are projections from U.S. census figures and are provided for informational use only. They cannot be projected into accurate dollar sales figures for any metro area or TV market.

Indexed By Metro Areas Or TV Markets

This is an alphabetical listing of each company in the GUIDE, showing every Metro Area and TV market in which the company has stores. Through the use of this index a subscriber can see how wide a distribution gap is if a retailer does not carry his product. Use this Link to see a sample of this Index: Index of Companies Sample Page

New For 2022

2022 Grocery Distribution Analysis & Guide

The Grocery and Drug Retail sectors have run the gamut over the last two years with the on slot of Covid-19, and the destruction of uncontrolled wild fires, hurricanes and flooding across the United States.

After all the clean up, closures, mandatory vaccinations, higher wages, supply issues, Omnicon and masks many companies have thrived through it all while others have failed to keep up. Warehouse stores had growth despite the slowing of customers.

Can Grocers and drug stores maintain and understand how to incentivize shoppers? Does your company need to rethink the post pandemic era? We say “back to the basic”, customer service first.

Below are some of the thriver’s and what you will find in our 2022 Grocery and Drug Store Editions.

Grocery Highlights:

  • Publix continues their growth pattern, remodeling up the east coast and expanding westward into Georgia.
  • Ahold Delhaize ‘s Banner Food Lion continues to lead brand performance. Acquired Fresh Direct which grew their online presence by 7.5%. Food Lion is to remodel 87 stores in GA, KY, NC,SC, TN, and VA. Opened a new fulfillment center in Philadelphia, PA during their 4th Quarter.
  • H-E-B continues to be the top grocery store retailer in Texas, with superior customer service.
  • Basha’s of Phoenix, AZ was acquired by Raley’s, Sacramento, CA. Walmart, continues to dominate in many metro and micro areas within the United States.
  • Kroger continues to remodel and update their stores.
  • Albertsons/Safeway continued to update and close stores adjusting to the population shift. Plus partnered with Nuro for 3rd generation autonomous delivery in the Houston, TX area.
  • Acme a division of Albertsons, acquired 27 Kings Food Market and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market locations.
  • Save-A-Lot has completed their wholesale transition, including selling off all but a few “test” stores in their home state.
  • Aldi continues growth but concentrates on price to draw customers.
  • Amazon… had a super year. Whole Foods was pretty even, but Amazon Fresh bolted in front to be one of the top 10 retailers in customer opinions.
  • Smaller Independent grocers have joined forces and addressed their supply chain issues by working with wholesalers and local farmers to create lower prices.
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2022 Drug Store Distribution Analysis & Guide

The Drug Store industry has become a “Jack of all Trades” between diversing, closing, acquisitions, remodels, relocations and investing in other entities not related to Drug Retail. Establishing clinics, in store and separate while rebranding /acquiring other smaller companies. All while handling the same issues that the grocery industry has plus handle government regulations.

Drug Store Highlights:

  • CVS is closing 900 retail stores over the next three years. They closed 300 in 2021 with 300 more to happen in 2022. CVS is concentrating on new stores to transitional populated growth, while opening more clinics within CVS stores, separate locations and in retail grocery locations where they have acquired the Pharmacy of numerous locations.
  • Walgreens closed 5 San Francisco, CA stores due to pilferage and acquired 1900 Rite Aid locations. Focusing on clinics in store and separate. Along with retail grocery acquisition of pharmacies.
  • Walmart is opening Clinics in some of their Texas Supercenter stores adopting Oak 
Street Health’s Focus of 60 Primary clinics in 9 states. Walmart has clinics in GA and AR and will continue to open more clinics In FL., IL and GA.
  • Smaller Drug Stores are closing, selling or surviving. Some have converted in Retail grocery establishments who had a private pharmacy.
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