Retailers See Holiday Strength in At-Home Dining

Consumers might be feeling pinched this holiday season when it comes to gift-giving, but supermarket retailers are expecting business to be buoyant as at-home dining becomes more attractive and rising gas prices keep shoppers close to home. There will be a positive trend toward eating at home, especially when it comes to the holidays, said Bob Kirch, vice president and chief operating officer, Laurel

Consumers might be feeling pinched this holiday season when it comes to gift-giving, but supermarket retailers are expecting business to be buoyant as at-home dining becomes more attractive and rising gas prices keep shoppers close to home.

“There will be a positive trend toward eating at home, especially when it comes to the holidays,” said Bob Kirch, vice president and chief operating officer, Laurel Grocery, London, Ky. “We anticipate there will be less travel, and I think that mea

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