Marsh to Enter Tough Chicago Market
By George Anderson
On the heels of a report of lower earnings for its first quarter, Marsh Supermarkets has announced it will expand into the Chicago market with a new store concept, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Don Marsh, chairman and chief executive, Marsh Supermarkets said the move was necessary for future growth. “We need new territory,” he said. “We will not be cannibalizing ourselves here in Indianapolis.”
The new store concept reportedly has “a layout more like a department store than a supermarket, the ‘next generation’ store cordons off each product category into its own room,
with wide ‘raceways’ connecting one area to another. All the side areas are connected by a central courtyard stocked with international, seasonal and gift-card items.”
The store, according to the Star, will include a separate building, which houses a food kitchen, dining area and florist shop.
Moderator’s Comment: What do you think of Marsh Supermarkets plan to enter the Chicago market and its new store concept?
Marshs vice president of construction and planning, John Turek hit the goal on the head. He called shopping in a supermarket a necessity. The trick
is to turn “I need to go food shopping” into “I want to go to Marsh.” [George
Anderson – Moderator]