Pandemic Accelerates Retail Trends In Supermarket Channel

COVID-19 has brought the supermarket channel to a crossroads, as a tried-and-true format that has been challenged to fundamentally adapt to a disrupted marketplace that could provide the sector some advantage but could severely penalize those that refuse to adjust to an altered reality.

Lidl Continues Northeast Expansion

Lidl U.S. plans to open 50 new stores by the end of 2021. The stores will be located in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Kroger Expands COVID-19 Testing Locations

Kroger Health, the health care division of Kroger, is expanding its COVID-19 testing offerings at more than 220 clinic locations by appointment for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. The expansion comes on the heels of the launch of the company’s employer-focused COVIDCare Plus testing program.

Placer: Grocery Channel Foot Traffic Increased In June

As coronavirus-related movement restrictions decrease in the U.S., noted that the grocery channel, represented by the 10 chains it analyzed, is adding visitors each month, from down 22.2% in April to only down 7.1% in June versus the periods in the year prior.

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