Grocery Stores in Central PA

Grocery Stores in Central PA
January 2016
Category: Retail

New grocery stores coming into the Central Pennsylvania region have been all the buzz here recently. With large announcements of Whole Foods and Wegmans making their way into Lancaster, The Fresh Market opening a store in York's West Manchester Town Center (formerly the West Manchester Mall), and the announcement of German-based Lidl entering the US and planning several Central PA locations, grocery store options and competition are really ramping up. Currently in Central Pennsylvania, there are 1,119 food and grocery stores (which could include your big box grocery chains to your small-town mom and pop shops) that employ roughly 47,000 people.
In 2015, the grocery market in Central Pennsylvania generated approximately $5.4 billion in total sales. In looking at these total sales year-over-year, the grocery industry has mostly steady growth over the last seven years. Since 2012, the market has seen an increase in sales each year ranging between 2.2% to 2.4% respectively.
The graph below demonstrates the total dollar volume of grocery store sales in the Central Pennsylvania region from 2008 to 2015.
grocery store sales in central pa 2008-2015 from rock commercial 

Grocery Store Sales by Central PA County from ROCK Commercial
The graph above shows a comparison of grocery store retail sales in each of the nine Central Pennsylvania counties for 2015.

grocery store locations and sales dollar volume in central pennsylvania
The map below shows the location of all grocery stores located throughout the nine counties that make up the Central Pennsylvania region, as well as a heat map of grocery store sales by zip code. The darker shades on the map represent a higher dollar volume of retail sales in this category, while lighter shades represent a smaller dollar volume of sales.
grocery store locations and sales by zip code in central pa from rock commercial

grocery store shopping habits in central pennsylvania
  • 47% of households in the region spend $150+ per week on groceries
  • The grocery category with the highest amount of spending in the region is Snacks and Other Foods. Central Pennsylvanians spent approximately $1.6 billion in this category in 2015, followed by the Meat/Poultry/Fish/Eggs category with just over $1.0 billion
  • In the past 6 months, 1.1 million people in the region have purchased groceries from a Wal-Mart Super Center. This is equivalent to 61.2% of the adult population in Central PA.
  • Just under 620,000 individuals eat organic foods on a regular or frequent basis. There is almost an equal amount of individuals who occasionally eat organic foods.
  • 72,000 individuals have purchased groceries at Wegmans, 105,000 from Whole Foods, and 154,000 from Trader Joes in the past 6 months. 

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