Grocery Scene Sees Big Changes

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 12:00 am  

The father-and-son team of Steve, left, and Oral Edwards of Edwards Food Giant plan to concentrate on the quality of meats and customer service to earn a niche in the market.

After a redesign, most stores expect to see an increase of 5 to 10 percent of sales, said Hertel, the consultant. But if a competitor has opened in the meantime, "that's going to make things more difficult," Hertel said. In most instances, though, customers come back after a remodel, he said.


Finer Foods

Terry's Finer Food hopes to see more customers when Kroger's Beechwood location closes for renovations.

Terry's started renovating its store this month, and the renovation will be completed in March, manager Jim Justice said.

He said the renovation wasn't in response to Kroger, though. He said the demand for Terry's prepared foods had been growing. Justice declined to release sales totals, but he said sales increased about 5 percent in 2009 compared with 2008.

With the demand for Terry's cooking, owner Lex Golden decided to add a restaurant to the back of the store.

"Most people don't want to come home and prepare a meal," Justice said. And now customers who previously picked up dinner to take home will have the option of dining in the store, he said.

The store's and the menu's specialties will be French food, seafood and pastries.

"We're just going to go all out and see what happens," Justice said.

Harps Has Little Rock Market on the Radar

Harps Food Stores Inc. of Springdale is getting close to the Little Rock market. It opened a 31,500-SF store in Benton in March.



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