Wal-Mart ups the ante in St. Louis - The Packer

Wal-Mart ups the ante in St. Louis

11/03/2009 03:12:42 PM
Bob Luder

“But, all of our focus has been getting this off the ground.”

At least one area produce industry veteran thinks there will always be room for the little guy.

“Schnucks, Dierbergs and Shop ’n Save have always had a presence on the higher end,” said Charles Gallagher Sr., chairman of the board of United Fruit & Produce Co. “And they’ve been successful at keeping Wal-Mart out of a lot of areas, at least so far. Every sale Wal-Mart takes away is going to be felt.

“But there are some favorable trends toward smaller stores. Wal-Mart’s food items aren’t what that store’s all about. It’s in the other items. And, in this economy, people don’t have the money to spend, so why be tempted?”

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