Shopping Centers Today

MAR 2017

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48 S C T / M A R C H 2 0 1 7 North Carolina's Research Triangle is the setting for a battle over grocery market share By Ben Johnson Supermarket skirmish A small region of central North Carolina has become the most competitive grocery market in the U.S., with national and international chains alike making it the focus of their expansion plans. The area bounded by Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, known as The Research Triangle, has a population of about 2 million. It also happens to be smack in the middle of battle lines drawn by Lakeland, Fla.–based Publix, which is moving north from its Florida base, and Rochester, N.Y.–based Wegmans Food Markets, a Northeast rival coming from the other direction. This grocer war began in earnest about two years ago, when Publix opened a store in the Raleigh suburb of Cary. Then, early last year, Wegmans announced plans to open four stores in the area by 2018, while Germany-based Lidl said it would open eight of its own. Fueling all this is the fact that the region boasts some of the strongest TURNING SILOS INTO SHOPPING CENTERS IN WACO, TE X AS 50 IN HAWAII A FORMER MACY'S BECOMES AN OPEN-AIR CENTER 51 NE W LIFE FOR A LONG-SHUT TERED NE WARK, N.J., DEPARTMENT STORE 52 S I T E S & C I T I E S T H E P L AC E S W H E R E R E TA I L D E V E LO P M E N T I S H OT

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