Re: Supermarkets Now Gone
Date: November 03, 2011 02:36AM
[quote=adgorn]I didn't see any mention of old Kroger's locations.
For some reason, Kroger has not yet gone big in the Chicago market. They do operate a few stores in the area, but not with the Kroger name. They are apparently testing the local market reception in strategic locations under the name “Food4Less” (which carries the Kroger house brands). The Food4Less stores that I have visited are indeed quite impressive and feature huge selection at great prices. If this is their model for a future Chicago invasion, I am 100% in favor of Kroger becoming the dominant Chicago supermarket chain.
As for the potential threat to our sentimental favorites: Jewel and Dominick’s… Who cares?? These companies stopped being “local” when Jewel was purchased by the Albertson corporation in 1999, and the "Owners Service Company" (Osco Drug) division was sold to “Consumer Value Stores” (CVS Pharmacy), and Dom DiMatteo’s “Dominick’s” was acquired by Safeway in 1998.
Dominick’s new owner experimented with a big-bulk store concept called “Omni Superstore”, but the chain soon failed at about the same time that the new owner of Jewel tried a similar concept called “Cub Foods”.
If these new companies (which have kept the old names only for PR reasons), cannot compete with the Kroger chain, it doesn’t mean that we will all starve – it just might mean that efficiencies of scale and distribution will make nutrition available to more people.
Of course, there will always be the “upscale” markets, like “Whole Foods”, for the person who thinks that paying more for a tomato, somehow makes it a better tomato. And there will always exist the neighborhood produce markets, for those who have the sense to know what a tomato is really worth.