Steep Competition

Steep Competition

The Rocky Mountain region is a tough place for supermarket operators, and it's about to get tougher. With a lot of wide-open spaces and a population that averages just 10 people per square mile, there isn't much wiggle room for retailers to win back customers they've lost to a competitor, nor are there many new potential customers to attract. As the economy has tightened, people here have opted for

The Rocky Mountain region is a tough place for supermarket operators, and it's about to get tougher.

With a lot of wide-open spaces and a population that averages just 10 people per square mile, there isn't much wiggle room for retailers to win back customers they've lost to a competitor, nor are there many new potential customers to attract.

“As the economy has tightened, people here have opted for grocery stores offering value,” one local observer explained. “Whether that wi

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