Grocery Stores Specialize to Compete in Crowded Market

In the span of a typical week, Courtney Bush will often visit three, sometimes four, different supermarkets to pick up groceries for her family.

She’ll make a run to Trader Joe’s—closest to her home near the Perkins Road overpass—at least once a week for produce, frozen items and nut butters. Whole Foods is another weekly stop, where Bush buys items like rotisserie chicken, yogurt, healthy snacks and specialty foods like almond flour tortillas.

Every other week, she’ll visit Costco for essentials like meat, produce, eggs and condiments. But Target is where she goes for cleaning and household supplies. She’ll also occasionally stop at the local stores like Bet-R Neighborhood Market and Iverstine Farms.

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