Very well, thank you, according to a survey of some of these stores in Brooklyn and Queens.
While few are still matchbox stores like the old Mom/Pops, the smaller stores appear to have carved out a niche that many customers love.
Chasia, a 38-year old mother of 6 says that she “is intimidated by the larger stores and maybe I am crazy, but I still like to see the owner behind the counter.”
Indeed, nationwide it appears that smaller retailers have grown more than twice the rate of larger supermarkets in the last year, according to Nielsen.
Supermarkets grew by 2% while the smaller stores grew by 5%.Perhaps more and more Americans feel like Chasia and enjoy the quick trip to a small store.
Experts say that despite the dominance of supermarkets, we may well see the return of the small grocers or bodegas in many areas. In places like Rego Park, Flatbush and Boro Park, that trend has been in place for years and with their lower overhead, they may actually turn a profit much faster than the large stores.