“Small format” momentum continues to build

Today’s RetailWire discussion focuses on traditional grocers (Publix, Kroger and so forth) who are developing small-format concepts for college towns, resort communities and other locations where a full-sized supermarket can’t pay for itself. As I discuss here, it’s part of a rapidly growing trend throughout the retail industry:

Small format stores make a world of sense for both food and general merchandise retailers. They provide edited assortments aligned with the brand equity of the parent company. They also offer the retailer much more flexibility in terms of location strategies and site selection.Most national chains have too much square footage devoted to large-scale prototypes. Full-line discounters like Walmart and Target have already figured this out, so it’s not surprising that food retailers are looking at similar growth opportunities.

After all, why should TJ’s and Aldi have this idea all to themselves?

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