H-E-B remains on top of Houston grocery market share
H-E-B and its retailer Central Market are the most popular grocery chains in the Greater Houston area, with 23.9% of the market share as of last year, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Erin Davis report.
- Walmart and Kroger are the second- and third-most-popular grocers, with 22.3% and 20% of the local market share, respectively.
- That's according to new data from Chain Store Guide, which tracks the retail and food service industries.
The big picture: While national grocery behemoths such as Walmart are typically among the most popular grocers — if not the most popular — in any given city, local and regional favorites can give the big box stores a run for their money.
- Shoppers often develop allegiances toward their local favorites, too — after all, H-E-B's numbers are what they are for a reason.
- "At a time when politics divides opinion nationally on many big brands, grocery brands have been able to maintain loyalty and trust across demographics by maintaining a steady presence in their communities," Axios' Sara Fischer and Emily Peck write.
By the numbers: The amount Americans spend on groceries is getting crushed by the amount we spend dining out in the post-pandemic era.
- "People spent 20.7% more at restaurants than they spent on groceries in 2022 — and that figure rose to 29.5% in the first two months of the year, according to Commerce Department data compiled by JLL," Axios' Nathan Bomey writes.
💭 Jay's thought bubble: This data tracks with H-E-B out front. Name another grocer that can land the Astros as spokespeople. I'll wait.
- Yes, but: It's an extreme bummer that H-E-B doesn't take Apple Pay, forcing me to insert my card like a caveman whenever I go to pay. Get with the times, Mr. McClelland!
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