Title

Market Shares: Maine’s traditional grocers are squeezed by newcomers

Authors

Lori Valigra

Source

Mainebiz

Date

5-27-2013

Pages

1, 14-18

Abstract

Twenty years ago, 86% of groceries were bought at traditional supermarkets. Today, that number is only 49%, with Walmart, Target, drug stores, and other non-traditional grocery sellers providing ever increasing competition. Hannaford Bros. and Shaw’s will face another challenge with the opening of Massachusetts-based Market Basket in Biddeford expected in July. Consumers are still largely driven by price, but convenience, variety, and services (such as local food sourcing and healthy options) also play a role in shoppers’ decisions. With a sidebar discussing online grocery shopping.

Subjects

Grocery trade

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