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.

It also has a store in Searcy and is building a store just south of Batesville and one in Conway that will open later this year, said Harps Chairman and CEO Roger Collins.

"We've been putting in new stores that are 32,000 SF that focus on perishables, meats, produce, bakery and deli," Collins said. The stores also have a pharmacy and a gas station.

"It's really convenient for people to come in and get everything they need," Collins said.

For the year ending Aug. 31, Harp's saw a 10 percent increase in sales over its $440 million revenue for 2008. He said most of the growth was tied to 10 stores the company added in the fiscal year, bringing the total to 64. Same-store sales, which are Harps stores open at least a year, reported a 1 to 2 percent increase in sales.

"We don't have a site right now in Little Rock that we're working on," Collins said. "But we're always looking for locations that might be good for us."




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