Does Wal Mart have any competition?

@GardenGerty (88911)
Marion, Kansas
June 16, 2008 10:53pm CST
Many people think that Wal Mart is just going to eat all smaller businesses alive, but I think that there will always be smaller chains that will have a niche. I shop at a store known as Dillons, it is in the Kroger family. A big association by its own right but nowhere as large as Wal Mart. I am going to shop there more, here is why: 1. They know me, I matter to them. 2. Although I do not really like affinity cards, they earn coupons for me. And, they can earn me a discount of 10 cents per gallon on gasoline. 3. I know their meat market, can see what goes on, and like the meats better. More choices. Same in produce. 4. If I take my own shopping bags they credit me 5 cents per bag used. I think those are some good reasons for me to shop at my local Dillons/Kroger store. Where do you shop?
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• United States
17 Jun 08
I use to live in Olathe, KS. Go KU! I love Dillions, in Breckenridge, CO, where I'm at now they have a store that is part of the Kroger family. I don't think Wal-Mart has any real competition, they are huge, but they do have people who shop for Wal-Mart stuff only. I shop for groceries at the market, I like Wal-Mart's stuff and sometimes its cheaper but its nice to be recognized by a store that doesn't just herd people in the door. Grocery stores are realizing that their customers are people too and they are doing their best to help them out, via your four reasons.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
There are things I like about WalMart, but I like having a choice. At my old job I had to drive right past Wal Mart on my way home, so at that time they were more convenient to me.
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
17 Jun 08
We shop at Kroger. And I boycott WalMart. I've heard that WalMart is going to buy Meijer stores. I shop at Meijer for non-food items and will hate having to give them up. Have you heard anything about that?
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
I thought Meijer was a part of Kroger/Dillons, so no, I have not heard about that.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
I guess I was wrong it was Meyer.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
I shop locally in the town I work in. Usually the Co-op - I bought a membership and we get equity back basically I own shares, or Extra foods. I do hold of to go the hour and a half to another city for shopping for clothing as we only have 2 choices here and nothing fits or its so cheap it lasts one or two washes and falls apart. There is no Walmart here. They wanted to put one in and The business owners in town 5 years ago had alot to do with the deal not going through.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
Wal Mart has some good points. I liked it much better when Sam Walton was still living. You do want to spend your money where it does the most good.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
They definitely do have good points. I like their clothing and their crafts sections. they do donate to charities and such...somewhat more than small businesses. I HATE buying craft material in my home town because I pay three times as much for the stuff as any city and its never exactly what I wanted.
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• United States
17 Jun 08
Walmart has competition its just really big so it overshadows the others.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
Big is not always the best, is it?
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Hmmm. I don't think much about WalMart and what they will or won't do. I haven't shopped there in years. About 5 years to be exact. I have stepped into one about 3 years ago, but didn't buy anything. They don't have anything at WalMart that I can't get somewhere else. I prefer shopping at KMart and Target and dollar stores. And for food, I much prefer a grocery store.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
Competition is very good.
@sweetlady10 (3620)
• United States
17 Jun 08
We also have Dillons in NE, but it is known here as Baker's. We go to Baker's, as well as to Hyvee and Bag n save. They have weekly sale. If you follow those sells it is cheaper than any where. I love this three stores. We go to Wall Mart very less. To go to Wall Mart we have to drive a lot and also now there is not much different in the prices in Wall Mart and other stores. Another thing is the quality of veggies and fruits in Wall Mart is not that good. I surely do think that Wall Mart have competition.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
You have choices, and that is good, it keeps competition alive.
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
17 Jun 08
We do not have a Dillons, but I like our local Smiths which is a Kroger store. We spread our shopping around a bit, but do buy at Sams Club as well as our local WalMart. Where we lived, for many years before some of the other stores same into our area, without WalMart we would have had nothing at all. It is true they are low-end and impersonal and I do not like the direction the company seems to be going in, however if they were not there the newer higher end markets would be charging much more than they do now. Unfortunately at the one location we do not have Trader Joes or Whole Foods or anything like that, but where we are now we do not have a WalMart. My favorite grocery store is Grocery Outlet which started in San Francisco with the name Canned Foods. It is a scratch and dent store. We had wild caught Salmon tonight that we bought there for $2.99 for 4 full servings. It came in a frozen vacuum packed bag exactly like the ones we saw for $22 at Albertsons. The fresh price at Whole Foods for the same fish was $28 a pound. We probably could have cruised around the world several times on what we have saved buying our food at that store over the past 20 to 30 years.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
I have a local scratch and dent store, and it does save me money and improve my variety. Smiths is another Kroger name. I was trying to list as many as I could in here for other people to take advantage of.
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I think there's still a lot of good competition for WalMart. I like to support the smaller local businesses whenever possible, and I think there's still a lot of people who feel the same way, and for exactly the same reasons that you've given in your post. The smaller stores have a lot going for them by providing good old-fashioned customer service, which you don't always find at WalMart, or even other chain stores like them. For produce, I like to go to the farmers market whenever I can. The produce there comes from farmers I know, and it's a whole lot better, and fresher, than anything I can get at the supermarket...WalMart or not. Same with meats, I buy local and know the farmers and know their small business depends on consumers who care how their beef, etc, is fed and grown. I think there's still a strong market for those who want to buy goods from retailers and supermarkets that are not a part of a large discount chain, and want to support other businesses too. There's room for them all. I think though that people tend to shop where they can afford it, and many have to watch their spending tightly. Others simply like the 'one-stop-shop' aspect of a store like WalMart.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
I just am realizing more and more that if I run to Wal Mart, for just one item, I will spend at least twenty dollars. I get enticed by all sorts of things and sidetracked. It is easier to stick to my list at Dillons and it tires me less. We also have farmers market, a meat store, local, and health food stores, so I like the fact that there really are alternatives. I do not dislike Wal Mart, it employs lots of my neighbors, but I like competition, as well
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@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I have started shopping at a small grocery store chain in our area called Foodland. I also shop at the Dollar General Store. I never thought I would find anywhere that would be cheaper than Wal-Mart but I most definitely have. These two stores save me about $40 to $50 per week on groceries compared to what I used to pay at Wal-Mart.
@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
We just think about things and find some ways to improve our shopping.
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
19 Jun 08
there are several other stores that are similar to wal-mart but none that have as much variety of things like they do and certainly not as cheap.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
I like to have the choice.
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Around here, I think that Target is Walmart greatest competitor. We do shop at walmart, but we also shop at some of the smaller stores as well.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
Small stores are often more personal.
@Hatley (154938)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Jun 08
I have shopped at safeway and vons for many years and have 'a vons card so I get just as good savings as Walmart and still go to my favorite store which carries the brands I' like and the foods I like. why go someplace else farther away. vons is convenient for me and thrifty for me also. I am a loyal customer and will remain so for a long time.
@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
Those cards have some benefits, and then they are also a good way to track loyalty and reward it. That is how we earn the gas discount at Dillons.
@Gesusdid (1683)
• United States
17 Jun 08
everyone flocks to Wal Mart for what reason i dont kno , i went last night simply because my sister wanted to go but i totally didnt wanna be there , like why cant we go to the Food Lion up the street ? , she had to get a new curling iron and other things where else can you find that at a late time ...ughhh i rarley go to Wal Mart now , i to Food Lion and other local shops more often now , im so tired of supporting them
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
At the large grocery store I can sometimes get things like curling irons, as well. I have business reasons to be in each store, Wal Mart and Dillons, and I am developing some new strategies for me.
• United States
17 Jun 08
I shop at Krogers. I have tried Publix and Food Lion but I always return to Krogers as I spend less and get the 10 cents discount on gasoline. I also bought their gift cards which offered a special of an additional 10% cash for the stimulus checks. I paid $300.00 and the card was $330.00 and I am going to get another one next month. I love to get a free $60.00
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jun 08
Good stimulation for the economy, too. I like your thinking.
@weemam (13389)
17 Jun 08
We don't have any of these shops pal , But if we had I would shop there too , I like NO!! I love my bargains xx
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
That is how we survive, by being frugal.
@youless (85300)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jun 08
I think Walmart is one of the most popular supermarkets in the world. It has some branches in my country. However, it doesn't have a store in my city yet. What a pity! I heard that the price is really good in Walmart. I love China
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
Wal Mart is okay, but it is nice to have competition as it helps with both quality and price. I like that.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I also shop at Dillions. Dillions is close to our home. My hubby always buys his gas at dillions because of the card. I dont take along my own shopping bags, but I think I will starting do that.
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
I hope I save you many nickels.
@cjgrooms (4457)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I have gotten to where i hate going to Walmart most the time the shelves are half (if your lucky that day) stocked or the aisles are cluttered with pallets where they are stocking them in the middle of the day. I try to go ANYWHERE else to buy groceries and will check on line to see which store is having the best sales that week and that is where i go (if my husband isn't with me).
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@GardenGerty (88911)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jun 08
Smart of you to check around for sales. I have been alarmed at the number of grocery chains that have folded in recent years.