My Ideal Grocery Store
Over the weekend I had some friends visiting and we went to a regional grocery store called “Sprouts” that they had never seen before.
My friends were comparing it to grocery stores in the Seattle area and were describing it as a mix between a few.
That got me thinking what my ideal grocery store would be. How would it be laid out? What kinds of food would it have?
Would it have just local stuff or exotic foreign offerings?
After thinking about it for a few days, here’s the outline of what I think would be my ideal grocery store!
I would want the store to be bright and clean, but not hospital clean.
When you first walked in the store, produce would be the first thing you see. You would have to walk through all the produce to get through anything else. Fruits and veggies would be easy to access and on display. Plenty of organic and non-organic options would be available.
The center of the store would have large kiosks for meats, dairies, and a bakery. There would also be a large bulk section for nuts, grains, and dried foods. Samples would be encouraged.
Anything packaged and processed would be at the far back of the store. You would have to walk a bit to get those cookies.
The checkout area and entry area would be on opposite sides of the store so there’s not a cluster of activity. Traffic would just flow.
This is a bit controversial, but I’m starting to think that grocery stores should be non-profit. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that they owners can’t make a nice salary, it just means that any actual profits would need to be re-invested.
This would hopefully eliminate or reduce the incentives to promote high margin items like processed foods.
I’m not saying that the store wouldn’t sell chips or sweets. I think a grocery store should have options for people who have a sweet or salty craving, but I think it’s find to remove the profit motive for those foods so stores don’t shove them in your face over healthier options.
There would be a few other store features that I think I would want in my ideal store.
Discount Produce Bins – Many stores just discard produce that is damaged but still completely fine to eat. I would want a display of these damaged produce items that are at a steep discount.
Cooking Demos – Many people still struggle with how to use vegetables and whole foods. I would want weekly or daily cooking demos showing off how to simply use some of the store items.
No Coupons – No coupons promoting cheap stuff. (Read my full coupon rant) That said, I would want some sort of loyalty card that would give you store credit after spending X amount of money.
No Plastic Bags – A few grocery stores in the country are already making this change. I think it’s a good one. There’s no reason to wrap all your stuff in plastic. I’m still working on reducing my plastic use. It’s tough and would be easier if it just wasn’t an option.
Limited Fanciness – This might sound odd, but I actually wouldn’t want my ideal grocery store to carry exotic cuts of meat or expensive cheeses. I would want it to offer reasonable quality foods at reasonable prices so most people could afford to shop there. If I want something fancy, I would go to a specialty store.
What would Your Store Look Like?
What would you add to the list for your ideal grocery store? Anything you would take away? Is there a store that you shop at that you think nails it?
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Beautiful produce section photo by I5 Design.