Convenience Store News

NOV 2014

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | Store of the Future 19 Trader Joe's, for instance, is filling a niche in offer- ing interesting, non-national-branded items. Sprouts is filling a different niche with its farmer's market- inspired, produce-centric stores. And then there's Fresh Thyme, which is bringing in aspects of the natural foods marketplace. The consumer demographic that's driving this programs that sell products in all their forms — raw, prepared and packaged. "Everyone is looking at smaller formats and they're looking at dif- ferent solutions for different demo- graphics and different lifestyles," explained Henken. On one end of the spectrum, there will be neigh- borhood market formats that don't want to be really involved with food, catering to those consumers who want to get in and out; get the job done. At the other end, there will be neighborhood market for- mats that are more like fresh mar- kets, offering the freshest meats and produce available. The movement to this type of store of the future is already under- way, albeit on a small scale. In today's retail world, Henken said the big-box stores and larger-format traditional supermarkets (averaging around 44,000 square feet) have become a commod- ity and are more attached to and designed for pantry shopping for suburbanites. Niche players, meanwhile, have started to move in to fill the gaps not being served by the big boxes and large-format grocers. traDitiOnal sHOPPing semi-PrePareD meals On-DemanD Fast Casual Cuisine traDitiOnal sHOPPing semi-PrePareD meals CaFÉ-like envirOnment

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