The days when getting groceries required a trip to a supermarket dedicated solely to rows of food and a butcher have long been a thing of the past.
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Non-traditional grocery stores make strides in the grocery market, despite low profit margins. Operators say the grocery business is attractive because customers buying eggs or chicken for dinner might decide to also purchase a pair of shoes or video game for the kids.
A few company plans for new grocery options:
Target: Remodeling about 100 traditional stores to add produce, meats, eggs to food selection.
Dollar General: Opening 635 stores, 20 of which will be Dollar General Plus and 40 of which will be Dollar General Market. A traditional store in Atlanta and Snellville expected to open later this year.
Costco: Opening nine new warehouses in 2013
Walmart: Opened a new Supercenter in Stone Mountain last Wednesday. Company plans 210 to 235 new stores in 2013, 80-100 of which may be Walmart Neighborhood Market locations.
RaceTrac: Opened 15, 6,000-square-foot stores in Georgia since 2012. The company operates 53 of the larger-sized stores throughout the country.