Apr 22, 2024 - News

Kroger leads across Metro Detroit grocers in 2023

Data: Chain Store Guide; Note: Stores under the same brand name have been combined, e.g., Walmart and Walmart Supercenter; Chart: Axios Visuals

Kroger is still Metro Detroit's favorite grocery chain.

Driving the news: Kroger had 33.9% of the market share as of last year, up nearly 4 percent from the previous year, according to new data from Chain Store Guide.

  • The Cincinnati-based chain brought in $4.9 billion across Metro Detroit in 2023 and increased its lead over Meijer by 4 percentage points in 2022.
  • Meijer, Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club and Target ranked as the next most popular stores, respectively.

The big picture: While national grocery behemoths such as Walmart are typically among the most popular grocer in any given city, regional favorites are giving big-box stores a run for their money.

Yes, but: Many residents within city limits still don't have convenient access to big-box regional stores present across Metro Detroit like Meijer or Kroger, which hasn't had a Detroit location in years.

  • Meijer opened its second store in Detroit nine years ago on Grand River Avenue in Brightmoor.
  • Meijer's small-format Rivertown Market on Jefferson has been serving Lafayette Park and downtown residents since 2021. However, unlike the larger store on 8 Mile, it doesn't sell household items.

What we're watching: The same is true for Target, which doesn't have a store in the city. The plan to bring a small-format Target to Woodward and Mack across from Whole Foods and a recently closed Starbucks location stalled last year.

  • The developer, City Club Apartments owner Jonathan Holtzman, told Crain's last year he's still committed to bringing a store there, but Target says the deal is dead.

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