Walmart dominates NWA's grocery market
Walmart is by far the most popular grocery chain in Northwest Arkansas, with 68.4% of the market share last year, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Erin Davis report.
Driving the news: Sam's Club, Walmart's membership-based warehouse chain, is runner-up with 11.5% of the market share, meaning about 80% of groceries in NWA are purchased at Walmart-owned stores, according to new data from Chain Store Guide, which tracks the retail and food service industries.
- Harps Food Stores follow with 9.6%, which includes Harps-owned 10Box Cost Plus.
The intrigue: Dollar General makes up 2.8% of the market share, and all other grocery stores, such as Target and ALDI, represent less than 2% each.
The big picture: While national grocery behemoths like Walmart are often among the most popular — if not the most popular — in any given city, local and regional favorites can give the big-box stores a run for their money. But in NWA, Walmart is local.
- "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 sum Americans spend on groceries is getting crushed by the total cost of 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.
What's next: Whole Foods, which has one NWA store in Fayetteville, accounts for 1.8% of the market share in the region. We'll see what happens when its Rogers location opens next year.
- Amazon, which acquired Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.4 billion, is looking to dramatically expand the grocery wing of its commerce empire, Axios' Richard Collings and Kimberly Chin write.
- "We need a broader physical-store footprint, given that most of the grocery shopping still happens in physical venues," Amazon CEO Andy Jassy recently wrote in a letter to shareholders.
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