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Last year, supermarket chains were responsible for 43.4 percent of national visits to food retailers. However, a recent report from market insights firm shows dramatic regional differences. In some states, supermarkets attract the majority of grocery store visits, while in others, dollar stores or superstores lead the way.

Traditional supermarkets have an advantage over dollar stores and superstores when it comes to serving local communities. “With their primary focus on offering a wide variety of fresh foods, these chains serve a critical function in providing consumers with access to healthy options,” the report said. Despite their advantages, traditional grocers are unevenly distributed across the country.

A map of all supermarkets, superstores, discount and dollar stores across the country shows that while some areas are densely populated with traditional supermarkets, particularly in the Northeast, Midwest, South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, other areas, Even areas with population density, Malls large enough to have a strong dollar store presence remain scarce, according to the report. In North Dakota, for example, visits to supermarket chains were only 11.7 percent of visits to grocery stores.

The report shows that in many areas of the country with fewer supermarkets, conditions exist that suggest the expansion of traditional supermarkets could be very profitable. For example, it noted that Central Alabama has strong demand with little competition because the few available locations are heavily visited, while Greenville County, South Carolina has experienced a 4.8 percent population growth over the past four years, driving demand for a broad range of locations increases. food options.

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