The Traditional Grocers
Traditional supermarket – Supermarkets offering a full line of groceries, meat and produce with at least $2 million in annual sales and up to 15% of their sales in general merchandise/health and beauty care (GM/HBC). These stores typically carry 15,000-60,000 SKUs and may offer a service deli, a service bakery, and/or a pharmacy.
Fresh format – Fresh stores emphasize perishables and offer center-store assortments that differ from those of traditional retailers – especially in the areas of ethnic, natural and organic.
Superstore – A supermarket with at least 30,000 sq. ft. that generates $12 million or more/year and offers an expanded selection of non-food items. Specialty departments and extensive services also are offered.
Warehouse store – Grocery stores with limited service that eliminate frills and concentrate on price appeal; items may be displayed in their original shipping cartons rather than placed individually on shelves. Stores may also sell bulk food and large size items.
Super warehouse – A high-volume hybrid of a large traditional supermarket and a warehouse store. Super warehouse stores typically offer a full range of service departments, quality perishables and reduced prices.
Limited-assortment store – A low-priced grocery store that offers a limited assortment of center-store and perishable items (fewer than 2,000).
Other – The small corner grocery store that carries a limited selection of staples and other convenience goods. These stores generate approximately $1 million in business annually.