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International Council of Shopping Centers holds convention downtown

This week's idea exchange was the first Oklahoma only event since the trade group split its Oklahoma/Arkansas pairing.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: August 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm •  Published: August 29, 2012

Grocers Hank Binkowski, of Buy For Less, Darryl Fitzgerald of Homeland, and Jeff Williams, of Williams Family Foods, discussed big changes in the grocery market during a morning session. Each had major developments in the past year: Buy For Less introduced its Uptown Grocery concept in Edmond, Homeland transitioned to an employee-owned company and Williams Family Foods built its first ground-up location in Piedmont.

Tech-savvy consumers are more frequently shopping online for dry grocery products like cereal, so grocery stores are adapting by offering more perishable and prepared foods, Fitzgerald said.

“The center of the store is shrinking because so many retailers are competing,” he said.

Binkowski said Uptown Grocery will introduce online ordering for its products with delivery to the customer's vehicle, an added convenience for time-crunched shoppers.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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