Inside the Baltimore supermarket wars
Analysts expect the sale of the struggling Safeway chain to bring big changes to the supermarket industry. The field, which thrived in the 1980s and 90s is under tremendous pressure from new competition from big box stores such as Walmart and Target, drug stores like CVS and Walgreens, and specialty grocers from Wegmans to Trader Joe's. Data based on Food World's annual market share report.
-- By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun
No. 1: Giant Food( Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun / June 3, 2009 )
Baltimore-area stores: 41
Baltimore market share: 32.6 percent
2013 Baltimore sales in millions: $1,537.8
The Landover-based Giant Food has long been the local leader in grocery stores and it's making moves to keep it that way. The company has revamped existing stores and acquired stores from failed competitors such as Superfresh. Taking pages from the play books of Whole Foods and Wegmans, Giant is putting more emphasis on prepared meals, organic foods and high-tech tools to improve customer service rather than try to compete with Walmart and others on rock-bottom prices.