We have 3 local grocery store chains: Publix, Food Lion, and Winn-Dixie. I’ve been
to all three this week, and (no new surprises) Publix consistently has the most
customers, but quite a wide margin. Winn-Dixie has about half what Publix usually
has, all other things being equal, but Food Lion is a mystery-I can’t remember
when I went there that it wasn’t a ghost town.
Now Food Lion and W-D both have automatic checkouts (where you scan your own
goods-no cashier needed), but that would only help a little bit, right? But Food Lion
has been in business for almost 20 years here, and managed to survive one of those
“dirty” grocery issues about 10 years ago (where someone finds something gross
in some produce or something). They’re still here, but I can’t see how they are
doing anything but drowning in the red.
Any other places where it’s a mystery as to how they keep going?