More than a decade ago, when the nation was experiencing a historic economic boom, grocery stores were the go-to places for the rich to shop.
Now, the cost of groceries has risen so much that the grocery stores are now struggling to keep up with the ever-rising costs of living.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Midwest, where grocery stores and other stores of convenience are struggling to make up for the lost income from shoppers who have dropped out of the retail business.
The trend has also hurt the middle class, with the median household income dropping 3 percent between 2005 and 2010.
A growing number of American families are struggling with an increasingly low income and a shrinking nest egg, and they’re looking to grocery stores for their basic necessities.
The new year is set to be a busy one for grocery stores.
In the first quarter of 2019, more than 1.1 million grocery store stores opened across the country, up from 1.06 million in the same period last year.
And while the grocery store chain will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in January, it is already feeling the pinch from an industry that is struggling to maintain its competitiveness.
“The grocery industry has had a very tough year, but it is not the end of the world, especially with the growth of the e-commerce and online shopping marketplaces,” said Andrew Purdy, president of the National Grocery Store Association.
Purdy said that over the last few years, there has been a “huge spike in the number of stores opening in major cities, as well as the amount of traffic and traffic volume they are seeing.”
The retail industry has seen a surge in new stores in the last several years, and the numbers have been higher than many had anticipated, Purdy said.
But it is clear that the trend has not only hurt the traditional grocery store business but also the economy overall.
In the second quarter of 2018, the national grocery store industry generated a total of $2.4 trillion in sales.
That was an increase of 7 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, according to the National Retail Federation.
That increase was due in large part to an increase in online shopping.
Picky noted that the growth in online sales was largely driven by a surge of interest from people who wanted to buy online.
In addition, the growth is a direct result of the rise of Amazon, which is providing a more affordable way for shoppers to shop and get the products they want for a lower price.
Porter said that the ecommerce and shopping boom has also had an impact on the grocery industry.
He said that it has taken away from the traditional retailers in the grocery business because they are not able to offer the same value to consumers.
While there are no immediate plans to raise prices in 2018, Picky said that he hopes the food stamp program, which provides assistance to those who have trouble paying for groceries, will help alleviate some of the pain.
The program has been able to help some grocery store owners in recent years.
A lot of the stores are seeing an increase over the past year in the amount that they are able to accept SNAP benefits, which are meant to help low-income Americans with groceries, said Porter.
Pickers said that while the program has helped some businesses, they are “not getting enough support from the federal government to maintain their operations.”
In fact, the food bank is experiencing a decline in its capacity, as more people are taking advantage of the program.
Pickers said the number is down about 1,000 to 2,000 since it was established in 2005.
The federal government’s food stamp subsidy program is intended to help the needy purchase necessities such as groceries, food stamps, and emergency food assistance.
The program provides $8 billion a year to states to help them maintain their finances and meet basic needs.
Porters said that SNAP is being used as a means of providing cash assistance to people who need it most.
He believes that the program is working in a positive way because people are not using it as a way to feed their families.
But he said that with the growing interest in online purchases, there are a lot of people who are not seeing the benefits of the food stamps program.
Picker said that although he thinks that online shopping is helping to create more of an opportunity for people to shop, he believes that there is a downside.
He said that people who have used food stamps for the past several years are often unable to find a job that pays enough to pay for food.
He added that the recession has impacted many people who used food stamp benefits in the past.
The Food Bank of Northern California said that this fall, it received a total $1.6 billion in food stamps payments, but that it is still trying to balance the need to make ends meet with the need for its services.
The group, which also provides food to low-wage workers, is working to provide