Felpausch Food Center Closing

21 04 2008

Today’s Jackson Citizen Patriot has an article on the Felpausch Food Center closing the middle of next month.  Like everyone else, they want to blame Wal-Mart.

Jeanne Norcross, vice president of corporate affairs for owner Spartan Stores Inc., said the grocery at 2105 W. Michigan Ave. is closing primarily because of competition.

“It’s been a challenge for us to operate the store profitably,” she said Sunday.

In 2004, a Wal-Mart Supercenter opened across the street next to the Westwood Mall.

I don’t buy it. I never have bought it.  If you’re doing the same thing everyone else is doing of course you’re going to fail.  I really have very little sympathy for corporate chains like Felpausch who blame other corporations for their demise.  Yes, Wal-Mart undercuts places on prices, but they also do worse on customer service, selection, and freshness.  That’s all it takes.  Offer your customers something they can’t get it a Wal-Mart.

It’s funny that I read this today because just yesterday my girlfriend and I were talking about Horrock’s Farm Market is always packed despite being located between a Wal-Mart and a Meijier.  If it were true that these mega-markets kill off other business, there is now way in hell Horrock’s would survive.  The difference is Horrock’s fills the market with fresh products at a competitive price.  They’ve found a nitch and done it successfully. 

Competition is what drives our economy and there’s always going to be casualties.  One day, there will be something that comes along that de-thrones Wal-Mart and we’ll all have something new to complain about.  For now, let’s just support farmer’s markets and not worry about what Wal-Mart is doing. 



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