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2. Grocery Stores

With respect to smaller, neighborhood or community shopping centers, the anchor store is most

often a grocery store. Grocery stores typically draw from a 6- to 10-minute drive. Within a 6-minute

drive of the New Scotland commercial zone, the population is 6,643; within 10 minutes, the population

is 30,096.

A new food market of 47,000 sq. ft. is already approved for the Vista Technology Park, adding to

the existing Price Chopper already located in Slingerlands. This new grocery store will impact the need

for a New Scotland grocery store. The study shows that with the new Vista market, the New Scotland

commercial zone could support from 16,000 to 46,000 sq. ft. of additional new grocery store space (Tab


Statistics compiled by the Food Marketing Institute show that the average size of a grocery store

is 47,500 square feet. Price Chopper stores range from 37,000 sq. ft. to 73,000 sq. ft. The Price Chopper

in Slingerlands is the largest in the chain at 73,000 sq. ft. The trend toward larger stores has reversed

and now most chains are planning for smaller grocery stores. "The actual size of supermarkets is going

down," said Jerry Golub, vice president of perishables at Price Chopper Supermarkets, quoted at the

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Conference in Chicago. 6 Another industry analyst predicted that "We'll

see stores shrink to about 40,000 to 50,000 square feet." (comment by Mark Heckman, president of

Strategic Retail Solutions in Bradenton, Florida.) 7 The average Hannaford store is 48,400 sq. ft.

Consequently, limiting retail buildings to 50,000 sq.ft. will not deter a grocery store from developing in

the commercial zone or prevent it from being viable.

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“Supersized Supermarkets Go on a Diet” by Kathleen Kiley, Consumer Markets Insider, May 5, 2005 ditto Page | 11

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