Author Archives: Richard Turcsik

About Richard Turcsik

With more than 20 years of indus­try expe­ri­ence under his belt, includ­ing more than five with Gro­cery Head­quar­ters, Richard Turcsik is a walk­ing ency­clo­pe­dia of super­mar­ket knowl­edge. As exec­u­tive edi­tor he is respon­si­ble for much of the magazine’s con­tent, includ­ing the pop­u­lar Retail Spot­light fea­tures, cover sto­ries, news arti­cles, cen­ter store and per­ish­ables fea­tures, as well as the Trade Talk, In the Aisles and Pro­mo­tion Cor­ner sec­tions. If Richard didn’t write for GHQ he would be “work­ing undercover.”

Western Market

Western Market did a lot more when it changed its name from Western Supermarkets as part of a total remodel of its Vestavia, Ala. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Photos, Retail Spotlights, Web-Exclusive Content

A Real Glass Act

One often hears of manufacturers switching packaging from glass to plastic because of environmental benefits.” Plastic is unbreakable and because it is lighter it reduces … Continue reading

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Good buy, Columbus

A widening array of pasta and pasta sauces are expanding consumer palates beyond “basic Italian.” Faced with skyrocketing protein costs, consumers are embarking on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Center Store

The Lone Ranger

In a Birmingham, Ala. market dominated by chains, Western Market sets itself apart with a format focusing on fresh, local, different and friendly service. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, FEATURED Articles, Retail Spotlights

Food fare with flair

Outstanding service, product selection, happy customers and weekly individual store sales of well more than $1 million a week make Wegmans Food Markets the envy of many. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Cover Stories, FEATURED Articles

Packaged deals

New entrants, better-for-you options and expanded varieties are revitalizing the boxed dinner kit category. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Top(s) of the Roc

Tops Markets puts a new spin on grocery shopping in the Rochester, N.Y., market with a smaller, easy-to-shop prototype. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Summer jewels

The Summer Fancy Food Show offered up hundreds of new exotic and decadent gourmet foods. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Upfront

Rush hour

New and expanded offerings in coffee and tea are driving traffic back to center store. Here is the jolt needed to wake up sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Mile high on ideas and innovation

The 2014 IDDBA convention in Denver showcased the latest in dairy, deli and bakery product and merchandising ideas. By Richard Turcsik and Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Best in Show

One thing I noticed at this year’s FMI convention was that austerity is in. For the most part, gone were the big pavilion-style booths … Continue reading

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IDDBA 2014

Grocery Headquarters attended the 2014 IDDBA Dairy-Deli-Bake Conference that took place in Denver, Colo., from June 1-3. Here are some of the highlights…

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Agita in the aisles

Alternative formats vying for consumers’ share of stomach are giving traditional supermarkets a major case of heartburn, but the astute ones are fighting back. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Icing on the kake

A ShopRite built on the site of Tastykake’s landmark commercial bakery is reviving a moribund section of Philadelphia. “Hey Mom! What’s for dinner?” If Mom … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights, Upfront

A Lost Key

There has been much written – including in the pages of this very magazine – about new supermarkets blossoming in inner-city food deserts. Whole … Continue reading

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Growing like a weed

Organic produce is skyrocketing and farmers are working hard to increase the yield and variety of organic items available.  From artichokes to zucchini, an … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Oceans of innovation

An abundance of branded and commodity seafood, from domestic and international suppliers, ensures that retailers’ seafood cases will be stocked. A record haul of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Upfront

Fields Foods

Fields Foods, the newest supermarket on the St. Louis supermarket scene, is setting itself apart from the competition by stocking thousands of local products … Continue reading

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Doing the local-motion

Fields Foods takes the local movement to new heights by stocking thousands of locally-produced groceries, meat, produce and other items. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

A brilliant sheen

Innovation and consumers’ desire for healthy eating are polishing the outlook for the olive and cooking oils set.  The cooking oils category is in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Fishing for complements

At Seafood Expo North America retail buyers will be looking to net the perfect accompaniments to fill their seafood cases. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Everything’s coming up yellow roses

Market Street blossoms in Flower Mound, Texas, with local produce, Texas-raised beef, artisan bakery products, unique gifts, competitive groceries, the biggest gluten-free selection in town and superior customer service. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Packaging with punch

Packaging continues to evolve, creating an exciting shopping experience for consumers. Brown paper packages tied up with string just do not cut it anymore. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Upfront

Market Street

United Supermarkets’ upscale Market Street banner has become a welcome addition to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex food shopping scene. The Lubbock, Texas-based chain’s latest … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Photos, Retail Spotlights, Web-Exclusive Content

Close shave

I went into an A&P this past weekend to pick up a few things and spied an end cap display of Barbasol shaving cream. … Continue reading

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