Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Grocery Store Competition Heats Up

Ok, I like to eat as much as the next guy. In fact, it's long been my fantasy to be the fattest man on the planet, but only for one year. But how many grocery stores can one town sustain? The Sun reports today that a Wegman's has submitted plans to open a big store in Owen Brown off Snowden River Parkway and McGaw Road.

I dutifully shop at the Food Lion in Oakland Mills because that's my neighborhood grocery. But when it's time to "beverage up" for the kids' ballgames I head over to BJ's. The best deals on the dog treats my Sophie likes is at Target (where I might pick up some fancy water). Or Wal-Mart. For my healthy stuff I like Mom's, or My Organic Market over in Jessup. It's David's Natural Market and Produce Galore when I'm on the "other" side of the road.

The competition, though, is bound to take its toll. I find I don't go to the Owen Brown Giant much anymore, which is probably why that chain is struggling a bit these days. My wife has joined Costco, which means we will soon be choosing between it and BJ's. And we're curious about the arrival of Trader Joe's.

How about you? If life was fair, who should the winners and losers be?

5 comments:

Jessie Newburn said...

Many of my "grocery dollars" go to small specialty stores such as H-mart (Korean), Sizars (Persian) and the Indian store (with an unremarkable name) off Red Branch Road. Just weighing in ...

thecourtyard said...

If Burtonsville doesn't get its act together, the Dutch Country Farmers Market could move to Upper Marlboro: check out Just Up The Pike.

Dave Wissing said...

Coming from Town Center, I like OM Food Lion because there is never anybody there and I know I can get in and get out quickly without ever having to wait in a line longer than two people. That is why I avoid the Owen Brown Giant or the Dorsey Search Giant, too many people and the lines are too long.

Digital Immigrant said...

Ref the OM Food Lion comment: I avoid shopping there @ 6 pm on most weeknights, especially Mondays. Often there's only one or two checkouts open and the lines resemble those you see right before a snowstorm hits.

Anonymous said...

After 23 years, Giant has lost my loyalty. I've grown weary of their too-high prices and chronic inability to keep sale items in stock. The last straw was one recent week when a favorite item of mine was on sale "5 for $10" - but the discount only applied if you actually bought at least five.

Since I work in DC, I now shop at Bloom in Scaggsville. Terrific prices, lots of little perks, much friendlier help than at Giant, and they ALWAYS have what I want, in stock.