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.”

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

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Polished image

New and improved offerings in canned and packaged foods are taking the tarnish off of center store’s reputation for being dull, uninspired and outdated. Face it, the frozen … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Fem phenom

A well-merchandised selection of feminine hygiene products can help supermarkets gain back sales from the drug and mass channels. It is certainly no small wonder. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Quick picker-uppers

Properly merchandising household paper products can help retailers clean up on sales and profitability throughout the entire store. When it opened last April, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Chester’s little gem

The nonprofit Fare & Square is a culinary diamond in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood, enriching residents with affordable fresh food and grocery staples. Iceberg lettuce. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Winds of change

Safeway’s (Dominick’s) exit from the Chicago market poses new challenges—and opportunities—for Chicagoland residents and operators. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Hometown favorite

For more than 60 years Petersons Fresh Market has endeared itself to the residents of Riverton, Utah. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Frozen solid

Healthier and better-for-you options are helping to revitalize the frozen
entrées category. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Come fly with me

I personally visit the stores profiled in our Retail Spotlight features, which means I am in the airports quite regularly. On my last trip … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Wet your appetite

Unique and healthy refreshments are heralding in a new age in the supermarket beverage aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Orchard Fresh

Since it sprouted on the Buffalo food scene in mid-April, Orchard Fresh has blossomed into THE place for western New York’s foodies. People have … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Photos, Retail Spotlights, Web-Exclusive Content

Something’s brewing

Effectively merchandising light beers and booming niche products can help attract new consumers to the beer category. Craft beers have been getting most of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Touch down!

Orchard Fresh scores big with farm-fresh produce, service meat and seafood, unique gourmet groceries and a bevy of 100% made-from-scratch prepared foods, all merchandised in an innovative environment. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Everything in life has a repurpose

Here at work I receive literally hundreds of unsolicited e-mails daily. To be honest, most of them go directly into the “Trash” folder, but … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Karns Quality Foods

Giant Food Carlisle and Weis Markets may operate bigger and far more numerous stores, but in Central Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg region Karns Quality Foods is … Continue reading

Posted in Photos, Web-Exclusive Content

Hot tomatoes

Pasta sauce sales are simmering as more manufacturers turn to niche and specialty products. Pasta sauce has come a long way from the days … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Center Store

World’s food fair

Consumers are broadening their palates and supermarkets are stocking more imported and domestically produced international foods. There are few places in America with as … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Upfront

Raising the steaks

Handmade pies, an extensive service seafood case, locally produced groceries and a top quality meat department place Karns Quality Foods newest store in a class above the rest. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Going, going, gone!

Last week Stop & Shop announced that it was pulling out of New Hampshire and closing its six stores in the Granite State. The … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Fancy this!

With more than 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions, the Summer Fancy Food Show offered something for every taste. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Upfront

Here’s the beef!

Jerky and meat snacks are on a growth tear with new products and line extensions making them more popular than ever. Here is something … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Super Fresh Seafood

Bumble Bee is buzzing into the freezer case with a line of entrees marketed under the Bumble Bee SuperFresh Premium Fresh Frozen brand name. … Continue reading

Posted in Grocery, What's New