Grocery wars taking southwest Ohio by storm

April 2, 2012 by  

Grocery wars are taking Centerville and the southwest Ohio area by storm. In just the past couple of years, a number of big-name grocery stores and supermarkets have either moved into the area or expanded the selection of groceries they offer consumers.

It has been nearly two decades since this area has witnessed grocery wars on this scale, when Kroger, Dorothy Lane Market, Meijer, Cub Foods, and Sam’s Club all entered the Dayton market at the same time. While the recent industry competition in the area has not yet taken on the intensity of the grocery wars in southwest Ohio during the last part of the 1980s and the 1990s, consumers are now supplied with more choices than ever before when it comes to spending their grocery dollars. In addition to new grocery chains moving into the area, others are expanding their grocery departments to further accommodate local consumers.

The local grocery wars not only benefit local consumers with lower prices and broader selections, they also help boost the industry. New grocery chains and expanding markets in the Centerville and surrounding area could also provide a boost in steady business for local printing companies. Supermarkets often require printing services for local advertisements, circulars and promotions, as well as business card printing , stationery printing and other services.

Most recently, Target, Kroger, Earth-Fare and Wal-Mart have contributed to the current grocery wars in the area. After opening the biggest Kroger Marketplace to ever be built in Centerville, Kroger announced that it will build another new store just 5 miles. Target is currently expanding their grocery departments to include packaged meats, fresh produce, baked goods and a variety of other grocery items.