Grocers Look to Gas Up Business
By George Anderson
Shop ‘n Save is the latest seller of groceries to announce it is installing gas pumps on its premises to drive traffic in its stores.
The Pittsburgh-area supermarket chain expects to have gas stations operating at two stores by early in this summer with others to follow.
Customers at the two stores will be eligible for discounts on gas through Shop ‘n Save’s Pump Perks program.
Shop ‘n Save president Lee Armbuster told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he expects pumps will eventually be installed at all 20 company-owned (Supervalu) stores, as well as many of the 60 locations managed by independents.
Moderator’s Comment: Do gas stations at supermarkets, supercenters, warehouse clubs, etc., effectively spell the end of the independent gas station?
How do retailers that are limited in their ability to subsidize discounts on gas with the sale of other products compete in this environment? –
George Anderson – Moderator