Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Family Market: Under Renovations
I had once had my doubts on the sustainability of an Independent Grocer with stiff competition from National Chains like Walmart, Costco, and Wegmans to name a few but I think that the Family Market with its selection of rare produce and international foods not found at so called upscale Grocers like Trader Joes and Wegmans, I believe that it had found its niche and was happy to be wrong.
I was obviously worried about the fate of the Family Market after my visit today so I did all nosy Bloggers like myself do; I called their number and asked what was going on. I was happy to learn that yes in fact the Family Market is under renovation and that there is a very good reason that the store is so barren; the refrigeration system is being upgraded and replaced and during the transition, the amount of stock that can be sold is limited to strictly non-perishables.
When I was told about this change, I was reminded just how important refrigeration is to a Grocery Store. Departments like the Bakery, Deli, Seafood, Dairy, Frozen Foods, and even Produce has to be shut down if the Refrigerators are out of order. With those departments out of order, how can a Grocer appear to be well stocked? Of course the shelves will be barren without refrigeration, all the stock will go bad. No matter how good business is, the shelves would have to be barren.
The good news is that in a month or so, the renovations will be complete and the Family Market will be as good as new. I can only hope the owners are pro-active in advertising and announce a grand re-opening throughout East Columbia so that it can regain its customer base.