the “un” commoditizing of the grocery store

The tight margins and competitive nature of grocery retail leads to an ever evolving marketplace. Strategists balance market position with reducing operating costs across their enterprise. This leads to an industry known for reinvention, expansion, mergers and acquisitions.  Knowing what phase the business line is in and their market position is important to effectively serving stakeholders’ interests.


Since we first earned their business in 1967, Hargis has developed a thorough working knowledge base of grocery systems and operations. Leveraging that experience, we have provided consistent, high quality, fully engineered design documents, while performing at the “Speed of Retail.” Our dedicated team has contributed to several proofs of concept and rollout initiatives to reposition the brand. Continuing to serve after a recent acquisition, we continue to be of service to its Pacific Northwest operations.

The Kroger Company

As one of the largest operators of grocery stores in the US, Kroger has four distinct business lines to reach consumers. On the West Coast, Hargis has contributed to their neighborhood store models through the Quality Food Centers (QFC) and Main&Vine brands.  Our team worked with stakeholders to identify system options that align with their aesthetic, operational and energy conservation goals to reduce and reuse energy.


Introducing the “Superstore” model to the department retailer’s offering was a shift in store planning. Commissioned with 30-35 stores annually, we contributed to 20 Super stores that featured full-line grocery departments with refrigeration design and coordination needs that aligned with the quarterly grand opening schedule.


Known as a value-positioned grocery outlet brand, Winco approaches capital improvements with an eye towards long-term operational savings. Supporting repurposing of existing spaces and new construction, Hargis is applying our full spectrum of consulting services for stores in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, California and Texas.