Battle of the Supercenters
By George Anderson
Detroit’s Free Press is reporting that the competition for Michigan’s consumers is heating up between Wal-Mart and Meijer.
Wal-Mart has opened 14 supercenters in Michigan. Eight of those are located in the same community as Meijer’s stores. Staying true to form, Wal-Mart is looking to draw consumers in with prices below Meijer’s advertised specials, sometimes as much as 20 percent lower.
For its part, Meijer is said to be slowing the pace of expansion, increasing remodels and running promotions such as six-hour price cutting specials.
As to who is winning this battle, an unnamed retailer that competes with Meijer and Wal-Mart in Michigan told the Free Press, “Wal-Mart is selling a lot more goods in these small towns in southern Michigan than Meijer. It’s definitely hurting Meijer.”
Moderator’s Comment: What will be the result of the
Meijer and Wal-Mart competition on the grocery industry in Michigan?
Meijer is a world class organization that is strong enough
to do battle with Wal-Mart. Many of the other retailers operating in Michigan
will not be as fortunate. [George
Anderson – Moderator]