Coronavirus the death of the grocery store as we know it?
Meatpacking plants will increase to full capacity within 5 weeks: Stew Leonard’s CEO
Stew Leonard’s CEO Stew Leonard Jr. argues ranchers and production plants in the Midwest expect to be at 100 percent capacity again within four to five weeks.
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As America looks toward life beyond coronavirus, one essential activity may never be the same.
The "biggest question facing anyone in retail across the country" right now is what will stores look like post-coronavirus, Stew Leonard’s CEO, Stew Leonard Jr. told FOX Business.
FOOD, LOCAL RETAILERS COULD ‘REVITALIZE’ CORONAVIRUS-HIT SHOPPING CENTERS
Stew Leonard's opened its doors a little more than 50 years ago and has grown to be the "World's Largest Dairy Store" and thriving grocery business with annual sales of nearly $500 million, according to its website. Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, the family-run supermarket chain also has several locations in New York and New Jersey.
It's not an ordinary shopping experience. Before the coronavirus struck, customers meandered their way through huge one-way aisles decorated in an amusement-like atmosphere. Animated costumed characters sang and danced while people munched on samples of freshly baked cider donuts, pretzels and cheeses. People ordered juicy burgers right off their grill in the summer or chowed down on one of their notorious frozen yogurts. And kids celebrated birthdays at one of their themed parties.
Now, "Chiquita Banana" and all the displays have been "put on vacation." Popular areas of congregation, like the deli counter and bagel bins, have pivoted and the buffet has been shut down.