Writing this with Western Europe still gripped by the ‘Beast from the East’, it’s another reason I’m looking forward to escaping to the desert heat of Las Vegas next week.
It’s almost exactly a decade since I was last in Vegas. That was to see Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores in action, a venture that led to Terry Leahy’s memorable quote that Tesco found a “gap in the market but is there a market in the gap?”. There wasn’t, it transpired, and my North America-based colleague Stewart Samuel has had many more reasons to head to Nevada in the intervening decade.
Here’s Stewart’s top 5 grocery stores to see in Las Vegas, based on a trip a little over a year ago. Do you have any others to add?
1. Whole Foods Market
The Town Square store, just on the outskirts of the airport, is one of the best to see in the area. Now firmly under Amazon’s control, the shops are combining best-in-class prepared foods and food-to-go offer with lower background prices
With over 10 Supercenters within the city limits, Walmart is market leader in the city. The new fresh produce layout has been rolled out and note latest investments in in-store look and feel, price investments, ecommerce integration and private label development. The McCarran Marketplace store is the closest to the strip
The Downtown Summerlin store, on the western edge of the city, is likely to be among the busiest grocery shop you might visit in Vegas. The retailer’s focus on high quality, private label ranges and low prices is a powerful combination. The smaller format concept, and the convenience it offers, is popular with shoppers
Trading as Smith’s Food and Drug, this is the retailer’s large format supermarket, offering all core services. As with Walmart, ecommerce and private label are key areas of focus, along with the retailer’s efforts with foodservice and natural foods
5. Sprouts Farmers Market
Another natural and organic shop, it’s working to increase its relevance. It’s expanding its deli and prepared foods offer, developing private label ranges rooted in health, innovation and value, and creating more digital touch-points with its shoppers. Sprouts has five shops in Las Vegas
Any more recommendations, let me know. And if you’re in Las Vegas for ShopTalk next week as well, get in touch.
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