Texas grocery stores which fail to change with the times face a challenging future. Texas Retailers Association President and CEO George Kelemen says buying habits are transitioning and the stores which adjust will be the ones to survive.
“They're going to continue to thrive and they're going to see that right combination of both brick-and-mortar physical stores, that have been around forever,” Keleman says, “as well as the ability and ease to purchase your groceries in the new way.”
Online sales of groceries are a growing piece of a market, but Keleman acknowledges that a lot of shoppers still like to thump their watermelons and see their grapes before buying them.
Online sales represent less than 1% of total sales.