Grocery Wars


TORONTO — Major grocery chain purveyors are kicking it up a notch, competing with other retail and foodservice operators in a bid to appeal to a discerning urban crowd.

According to the Toronto Star, Longo’s is set to open a 48,000-square-foot store at the base of the new Maple Leaf Square condominium building in Toronto. Aside from the usual meat and produce, the store will be stocked with 400 varieties of cheese, in-house hardwood-smoked meats, stone-oven pizza and 28-day aged Kobe beef. It will also be outfitted with a lounge, a fireplace and a Starbucks.

Not to be left out of the rush, Sobey’s recently opened a 22,000-square-foot store, many Loblaws’ locations offer clothes and food and Wal-Mart sells food and appliances. “The 20th century was about polite retail wars. What we’re seeing in the 21st century is more of a frantic bar fight where everybody is competing with everybody else,” consumer behaviour guru Paco Underhill told the Star.

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