May 1, 2023 - Business

Freddy's is Portland's most popular grocery store

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

Fred Meyer — known by many Portlanders as Freddy'swins the popularity contest among local grocery stores, with 29.9% of the market as of last year.

  • Safeway is a distant second and Walmart third, according to new data from Chain Store Guide, which tracks the retail and food service industries.

Why it matters: There's a big grocery store merger looming that would shuffle this chart significantly. Albertsons, which owns Safeway, wants to combine with Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer and QFC.

  • That could give the combined company a 52.2% market share in Portland.

Of note: Oregon's Department of Justice joined a failed lawsuit to stop Albertsons from giving a $4 billion payout to shareholders as part of the proposal.

  • A spokesperson says the department is continuing to investigate "the competitive effects of the proposed transaction" around the state.

The intrigue: While the proposed merger could have a dramatic effect here, the parent companies are focused on battling national giant Walmart, as well as Amazon's growing role in groceries.

Stop talking and eat! Portland's local shops fall in the "other" category that takes 8.1% of the market. A few of many special spots:

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