Apr 24, 2024 - News

Walmart and Harris Teeter are Charlotte's favorite grocers

Data: Chain Store Guide; Chart: Axios Visuals

Walmart and Harris Teeter remain Charlotte's top grocers — though both lost market share from 2022 to 2023 while grocers like Food Lion and Publix grew their share of the market.

Why it matters: Supermarket chains are fighting for customers' dollars at a time when inflation has been pushing grocery bills higher.

Zoom out: Inflation is changing how many Americans shop for groceries, with more people buying store-brand items and shopping at discount stores, the Associated Press reported earlier this year.

By the numbers: Walmart commanded 24.6% of the local grocery store market share in 2023, down from 25.7% in 2022, according to Chain Store Guide, which tracks sales data.

  • Harris Teeter was 15.9% of the market (down from 17.1%).
  • Food Lion had 14.8% (up from 13.8%), per Chain Store Guide.
  • Publix, which entered the Charlotte market with a Ballantyne store in 2014, had 10.3% market share last year, up from 9.2% in 2022.
  • Shoppers in the Charlotte metro spent $10.17 billion on groceries in 2023, the data showed.

Go deeper: Wegmans to open its first Charlotte store, fueling North Carolina's grocery store wars

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