Battle of the Supercenters

Oct 22, 2002

By George Anderson

Detroit’s Free Press is reporting that the competition for Michigan’s consumers is heating up between Wal-Mart and Meijer.

Wal-Mart has opened 14 supercenters in Michigan. Eight of those are located in the same community as Meijer’s stores. Staying true to form, Wal-Mart is looking to draw consumers in with prices below Meijer’s advertised specials, sometimes as much as 20 percent lower.

For its part, Meijer is said to be slowing the pace of expansion, increasing remodels and running promotions such as six-hour price cutting specials.

As to who is winning this battle, an unnamed retailer that competes with Meijer and Wal-Mart in Michigan told the Free Press, “Wal-Mart is selling a lot more goods in these small towns in southern Michigan than Meijer. It’s definitely hurting Meijer.”

Moderator’s Comment: What will be the result of the
Meijer and Wal-Mart competition on the grocery industry in Michigan?

Meijer is a world class organization that is strong enough
to do battle with Wal-Mart. Many of the other retailers operating in Michigan
will not be as fortunate. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson
16 years 11 months ago
I base my opinion of this supercenter battle on the total shopping experience. I look at three things. 1) The people. To me this is the most important. Meijer team members seem to be a few steps ahead of Wal-Mart team members on the IQ scale. Meijer team members are friendlier, and provide better service. 2) Cleanliness of store. Meijer stores seem to have the highest standards when it comes to cleanliness in the center aisles and restrooms. The overall appearance of the store is cleaner and more professional looking. 3) Prices. Wal-Mart has Meijer beat, and Meijer will not catch up on this one. To me, the difference in price is not large enough to make up in the other to categories. Meijer is better than Wal-Mart Supercenter…HANDS DOWN. I live in San Diego now, where the only supercenter that exists is Costco. Vons (Safeway), Ralph’s (Kroger), and Albertsons will run into major problems once Wal-Mart gets the okay to build their store out here. I wish Meijer would be moving in, instead of… Read more »