Aren't we a little hypocritical here?
News is that local grocery giant SuperValu (aka Cub Foods) is suing Wal-Mart in an attempt to get the discount retail giant to stop selling certain grocery products. I believe the suit is specific to the Midway area of St. Paul, where both stores are a few hundred yards from one another.
That particular Wal-Mart has gone through some extensive remodeling and like most of the newer stores in the Metro area, offers a limited selection of grocery items, such as milk, bread, some processed and canned goods, as well as some frozen foods. I find it hard to believe the someone would go to one of these Wal-Mart stores to do their primary grocery shopping. I know Lori and I like the convenience of being able to pick up basic grocery items when we are shopping at Wal-Mart other household items.
I get the whole demonetization of Wal-Mart for being the demise of many mom and pop retailers over the last 20 years. But remember, it was grocery "warehouses" like Cub that put many neighborhood grocery stores out of business. I don't think they have a whole lot to carp about when it comes to taking a little piece of their business.
Also, Cub has no problem selling such items as basic tools and housewares, toys, magazines and greeting cards. Is Wal-Mart all up in arms about that? Not that I've heard of.
People like convenience and will patronize businesses that will offer the items they are looking for at a reasonable price. And if they can find every thing they need in one stop, all the better. I'm not saying that Wal-Mart doesn't deserve some criticism for some of it's business practices, but some folks only can afford to shop at stores like it or Cub, for that matter.
I really don't SuperValu is in any danger of going out of business just because Wal-Mart expands it's grocery section a little.
Let's all just take a deep breath here....