From Grocery Stores to Supermarkets: A Look at the Evolution of Food Shopping



Do you remember going to the grocery store with your parents when you were a kid? It was probably a pretty different experience than going to the supermarket today. In this blog post, we will take a look at the evolution of food shopping from 1950 to present day. You might be surprised at some of the changes that have taken place!

In 1950, the average grocery store was about 12,000 square feet. This might seem small to us now, but it was actually pretty large for the time period. The average supermarket today is around 42,000 square feet. That’s a big difference! Grocery stores back in 1950 also had a lot less variety than they do now. Usually, you would only be able to find basic items like flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. Nowadays, you can find just about anything you need at the supermarket.

One of the biggest changes to supermarkets over the years has been the addition of self-checkout lanes. In 2010, only about 16% of stores had self-checkout lanes. But by 2016, that number had increased to almost 30%. This shows that more and more people are choosing to do their own checkout, rather than wait in line for a cashier.

Another big change we’ve seen is the rise of online grocery shopping. In 2018, around 20% of Americans said they had shopped for groceries online in the past month. This is a huge increase from just a few years ago. And it’s only going to continue to grow in popularity.

So, what does the future of food shopping look like? It’s hard to say for sure. But one thing is for sure: it will be very different from the way things are today. I can’t wait to see what changes the next few years bring!

What do you think about these changes? Have you noticed any others that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below!


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