Oregonlive.com interviewed Craig Sweitzer of Urban Works, Peter Koehler of Green Zebra Grocery and food industry analyst Phil Lempert for their take on the shift in grocery store spaces and urban population shopping habits.
“Smaller stores have more options in urban centers,” said Sweitzer. “Because they can move into strip malls and other retail spaces rather than being confined to former grocery store buildings.”
“More and more, people are opting to shop for one or two days at a time or even by the meal, instead of huge stock-up trips,” Koehler said. “We’re seeing our customers a few times a week.”
The trend seems to be “Less Is More”. Less being fewer options and smaller stores.