- 2012 - October - 19th -

Wal-Mart Supercenters top count of Southeast regional retailers

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the top retailer in the Southeast by store count, with 1,100 Supercenters generating total average weekly sales of $1.56 billion, according to the Shelby Report of the Southeast.

Publix Super Markets Inc. ranked No. 2 with 1,053 stores and average total weekly sales of $418 million.

The September issue of the market trade publication listed its “Top 25 Southeast Regional Retailers by Store Count.”

It cited Business Guides Inc. as the source based on July data. All of the companies operate stores in the Southeast, although they are not necessarily based in the region.

The Southeast is defined as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The findings indicate the average Walmart center in the Southeast generates $1.42 million a week and the average Publix store generates $397,000 a week.

Food Lion’s 1,017 stores came in No. 3, followed by Kroger with 585 stores and Winn-Dixie Marketplaces at 377.

Save-A-Lot (287), Aldi (236), Harris Teeter (199), Ingles (194) and BI-LO (193) rounded out the top 10.

Of the top 10, the Jacksonville area is served by Wal-Mart, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Save-A-Lot (owned by Supervalu Inc.) and Harris Teeter.

Harris Teeter operates just one store in the area, in Fernandina Beach.

BI-LO is based in Jacksonville, having bought Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., but does not operate BI-LO stores in the area.

Food Lion closed its 113 Florida stores, including 20 in the Jacksonville metropolitan area, early this year.

The next 10 retailers were Sam’s Club (176), which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Save-A-Lot (the 169 owned as a franchise by Houchens Industries Inc.), Winn-Dixie (110 that are not Marketplaces), Sweetbay Supermarket (107), Food City (92), Lowes Foods (92), The Fresh Market (90), Piggly Wiggly (82), SuperTarget (80) and Harveys Supermarket (71).

Those with Northeast Florida stores include Sam’s Club, The Fresh Market, Target and one Harveys market in Green Cove Springs, as well as Winn-Dixie.

The remaining five are IGA (69), Costco Wholesale (68), Giant Food (65), Walmart Neighborhood Market (65) and Whole Foods Market (55).

IGA, Costco and Whole Foods serve the area and several Walmart Neighborhood Markets are planned. At the time of the survey, three Rowe’s IGA supermarkets operated in Jacksonville and a Spires IGA served Baldwin.

Analyzed by average weekly sales, Costco generated the highest figure at $2.17 million.

Walmart centers were No. 2, at $1.42 million, and Sam’s Club, No. 3, at $1.31 million.

Southeast stores with a Northeast Florida presence

StoreSoutheast U.S. locationsWeekly sales totalAverage store sales
Walmart Supercenter1,100$1.56 billion$1.42 million
Publix Super Markets1,053$418 million$396,981
Winn-Dixie Marketplace377$103.9 million$275,506
Save-A-Lot287$45.14 million$157,272
Harris Teeter199$65.35 million$328,402
Sam’s Club176$229.9 million$1.31 million
Winn-Dixie110$26.28 million$238,918
The Fresh Market90$13.56 million$150,644
SuperTarget80$76.05 million$950,575
IGA69$ 6.93 million$100,463
Costco Wholesale68$147.72 million$2.17 million
Walmart Neighborhood Market65$18.85 million$290,061
Whole Foods Market55$27.09 million$492,618

Land sold for Shands outparcel

Grubb & Ellis Phoenix Realty Group broker Bert Smith negotiated the sale of almost 1.3 acres of vacant land on Duval Road in North Jacksonville to the Shands Jacksonville Foundation Inc. for $985,000.

The property was sold by the Leon Franklin Smith Trust to Shands, which will use it as an outparcel for the proposed Shands Jacksonville North near River City Marketplace.

Pate Foshee of CastleRock Realty LLC represented the buyer.

Shands Jacksonville plans to construct the Shands Jacksonville North hospital at Interstate 95 and Duval Road. The 110-bed facility will include private rooms, an emergency department, obstetrics, general surgery and advanced imaging.

Housing update

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors reported this week single-family residential and condo sales in September were up 1.4 percent year-to-date but down 8.3 percent compared with September 2011.

Of the 1,279 sales in September, 55 percent were traditional and 45 percent were lender-mediated.

Pending sales were up 39.9 percent from September 2011.

Homes were selling slightly faster. The length of time a house stayed on the market was 109 days as of September, down 5 percent from the year before.

The median and average sales prices were up.

The $135,000 median price, which is the midpoint of the price range, was up 8.9 percent in September from the year before. The average price of $183,938 was up 7.2 percent.

There was a supply of 5.5 months on hand during September, with inventory dropping 30 percent to 8,789 properties.

Association President Dane Leslie said almost 10 percent of the sales in September were higher than the listed price.

More development

Among projects under review at the St. Johns River Water Management District:

• Parkside Lakes Development LLC proposes a 28.07-acre single-family residential subdivision called Parkside Lakes. The site is along the Interstate 295 West Beltway, west of I-95.

• Chimney Lakes Investment Co. proposes the 49-acre Merchants Way project, south of Argyle Forest Boulevard.

• The Florida Department of Transportation proposes to add two new travel lanes to Hodges Boulevard north of Butler Boulevard.

• The state transportation department also proposes rehabilitation of the Trout River Bridge along U.S. 17.

• The Jacksonville Aviation Authority proposes to replace and relocate the wildlife/security fence at Jacksonville International Airport to comply with airport wildlife and security fence specifications mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration.




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