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.