Grocery stores invade town of Stratford

Stratford is seeing something of an economic boom in the form of grocery stores.Two large grocery chains recently opened in the town in the last

STRATFORD - Stratford is seeing something of an economic boom in the form of grocery stores.

Two large grocery chains recently opened in the town in the last two months. They joined a Stop & Shop and a Shaw?s, which were already opened.

A 79,000-square foot BJ?s Wholesale Club opened Jan. 5 on Ferry Boulevard. Two weeks ago, a 65,000-square foot Big Y opened, giving all three grocery stores that opened their doors earlier some competition.

When asked about how a store can stay in business given the competition and current economic forecast, Big Y General Manager Al Vittorio said grocery stores are somewhat immune to economic woes.?There is a recession. It does not affect a supermarket as much as you think it would because people need to eat,? said Vittorio. ?They will stop going to restaurants and they will come in and buy groceries??

Vittorio added that all four grocery stores will draw upon each other?s clientele because they each provide products and services the others can?t.

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