As the grocery industry evolves, so do the grocery stores. Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) has reacted to the changes in the industry by creating different formats to meet customers’ differing needs. Besides its full-service Brookshire’s Food Stores, the company also has established its Super 1 Foods warehouse-style stores and is experimenting with its new FRESH by Brookshire’s concept store in its headquarters city of Tyler, Texas.

Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New Paltz, N.Y., Chestnut Petroleum Distributors (CPD) Inc. has established a significant footprint of gas stations and convenience stores. Among the leading petroleum distributors and marketers in the Northeast, CPD’s portfolio has been built on several go-to-market methods, including company-operated and commission agent sites.

Shopping at an IKEA is always a unique experience. The company strives to present its 10,000 exclusively designed home and office products in a manner that illustrates their practicality and aesthetic appeal to shoppers. However, IKEA’s uniqueness also is on display through the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices, and the company says it strives to be an example to the rest of the retail industry in that regard.

Nowadays, just about any grocery store carries natural and organic foods, sometimes in a separate section or aisle. But when Mollie Stone’s Markets – which began selling only natural foods in the San Francisco Bay area in 1986 – first combined the two side-by-side, the biggest objections were from the natural vitamin and supplement industries.

The United States has exported many concepts to the rest of the world over the years: blue jeans, fast-food hamburger joints and now warehouse club stores. PriceSmart is a warehouse club based in San Diego but with no retail locations in the United States. This club concept has taken root in 13 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean and is seeing consistent and steady growth.

Purple Cow Stores may be new to the convenience store scene, but the chain has already established itself as the Southeast’s upscale option. With five stores in the Slidell, La., area, eight in Montgomery, Ala., two on the Mississippi coast and one store in Mobile, Ala., and plans to expand, the one-and-a-half-year-old company has moved quickly to gain this foothold. Now it’s time to focus on the details.

With the shadow of high unemployment rates permeating news reports, it’s hard to imagine that there is an area of the country with more jobs than people to fill them. At least, that is the impression John Phillips, owner of Regal Oil Inc., has of the economic situation in the region. “It’s strange to see how high the unemployment rate is everywhere, and here in West Texas it’s hard to find employees,” Phillips says.

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