Changing shopping habits challenge traditional grocers

  • Article by: John Ewoldt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 9:39 PM

Retailers from Wal-Mart to Walgreens now stock groceries to get shoppers in more often, eroding the market share for Cub and Rainbow.

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mdachsMar. 31, 1312:37 AM

I have a shopping list that I print out weekly. First, I go to Walmart for brand name items (not meat or produce) - prices are generally the lowest (I don't have a Target that's convenient). Then, for items I can't or don't buy at Walmart, I go to Cub. Then I go to Coborn's for items I can't buy at Walmart or Cub. For high quality meats and seafood, I go to Byerlys, when they have a sale. I look for price and quality. I prefer not to buy at stores like Cub, where I have to bag my own groceries. And I never shop at Rainbow or Roundys.

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FrankLMar. 31, 13 9:35 AM

Actually SuperWalmart sometimes has more variety simply because their distribution system serves the entire country. Thus, I find things that are not common to this region. One thing that would draw me in to a Cub more often is better baked goods. Some Cub stores seem to have a much better selection in this category, but too much of it is very tasteless.

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TobsterMar. 31, 1310:50 AM

Cub and Rainbow have become dismal places to even be in. Remember Tom Thumb? Being in Cub or Rainbow reminds me of being in a bigger Tom Thumb compared to the modern look of Target and even Walmart. Cub and Rainbow's selection and prices leave me wondering how they stay in business. I don't want them to go out of business because I like variety and competition. But they're a good lesson about what happens when you stagnate. For me, these two stores have gone from "super" market to basically a convenience store. I'll pop in if I only need a few things and don't mind spending more when I don't feel like making the trek to a big grocery store like Walmart or Target. Funny how things change.

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ffedericoMar. 31, 13 3:23 PM

I shop at the Rainbow on Arcade in St. Paul. They cater to food stamp people. The first Saturday of the month there might be 25 shopping carts full of food that has to be put back on the shelf because somebody's eyes were bigger than their wallet. Every now and then somebody goes crazy in the store because they were caught stealing, eating produce they didn't pay for, or were expecting to buy 50 lbs of butter when the coupon says limit 1. Then the newspapers wonder why there aren't nicer urban retailing options. Part of the problem that Rainbow and Cub have is that they have unions. Target and Walmart don't. That's part of the reason why they can sell for lower prices. The Strib won't print that, though.

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getcrazyMar. 31, 13 5:25 PM

@ffedrico-" Part of the problem that Rainbow and Cub have is that they have unions. Target and Walmart don't. That's part of the reason why they can sell for lower prices. The Strib won't print that, though."----and when people from Walmart go to the hospital the rest of us pay for their medical care. People in the UFCW have health care. If Walmart gave up 10% of it's profits from a single year they could give their employees health care for 25 years and also a $2 raise for every one of their employees. Walmart as an employee puts a bigger strain on the U.S. tax payer than any other employer in the country. They force us to pay for health care for their employees while they reap profits and keep their status on the Fortune 500 top richest people list. Walmart is not a friend of the American people. Not even a little bit. It's actually quite the opposite. They are stealing from us via keeping people in poverty and forcing us to pay to keep them healthy....so they can keep going to work and keep living in Walmart poverty.

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davesthe1Mar. 31, 13 7:33 PM

we love rainbow and cubs !!! the prices when factoring in the sales is by far the best of all out there. don't talk to me about price match, what a hassle. we shopem all so we know prices, walgreens and cvs aint even in the ballpark. the unions aren't the problem, not having them is what been the downfall of the middle class over he last decades. if lower wages is what you like keep crabbing. but I know several walmart people on food stamps and welfare. no we are not in unions, just see what's happening with wages, pay attention. rainbow and cubs selection is far above all the rest combined.

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