Surge in Off-Brand Supermarkets in US

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    Aug 30, 2017 2:21 PM GMT
    A trend for "off-brand" supermarkets in the US recently. Off-brand being lesser known brands compared to the national ones. In the news recently with Amazon buying Whole Foods, and other stores are popping up all around us. We've got a new Trader Joe's, and this morning the opening of a Lucky's, very near us.

    So we went to Lucky's Grand Opening, at 7 AM. ( icon_razz.gif ) I didn't see a single brand name I recognized, not even the cleaning & laundry stuff. Except for some Clorox bleach. But in small quart bottles. Who buys Clorox by the quart? And I couldn't even find dish or dishwasher detergent. I suppose you put your dinnerware out on the compost pile for a few days and let Nature do the job.

    And breakfast cereals were all unknown brands to me, or sold bulk that you measured yourself. Much of it claiming to be organic. The fruits & vegetables looked good, though, we got some of those, as did the meats and seafood. We got some ground beef, and scallops we'll have tonight. A few good specials, I presume for their opening, but most things rather pricey.

    So from there we went directly to our regular Publix supermarket, to do some "real" grocery shopping. At much better prices, with a wider selection. Back home by 9 AM, with the trunk and back seat packed with stuff from both stores. I like to do grocery shopping early and infrequently. Whereas he could live in a supermarket. Sorta like me and hardware stores.
  • Happenis

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    Aug 30, 2017 2:33 PM GMT
    All of the Walbaums in my home town turned into Best Yet Supermarkets.

    I don't know if either are common outside of Long Island, NY though..
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    Aug 30, 2017 4:10 PM GMT
    Happenis said
    All of the Walbaums in my home town turned into Best Yet Supermarkets.

    I don't know if either are common outside of Long Island, NY though..

    I haven't seen a Walbaums or Best Yet in South Florida. Nor a Shop Rite, which my Father owned. In South Florida we have Publix, Albertsons, Winn Dixie, and there may be a Kroger around, not near us. Plus the grocery sections combined with retail places like Walmart, Target, Costco, BJs. And now these kinds of specialty places that I mentioned above.

    When I was a kid we had downtown corner delis, pastry shops, and also small urban A&P grocery stores, hardly larger than today's modern convenience stores. Then in the early 1950s, with the post-war US suburb explosion, the "super" market appeared. Still with us today, but now becoming more specialized in what they offer.