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.”

For sale… and leaseback

Entering into a partnership with a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) can help retailers raise needed capital. Bill White always dreamed of owning his … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Upfront

The lulla-buy of Broadway

Mountains of fresh produce, competitively priced groceries and show-stopping prepared foods ensure Westside Market NYC will be a long-running smash hit. Click here for … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

On the waterfront

Tons of new products, trends and merchandising ideas for seafood were unloaded and sampled at the International Boston Seafood Show. Chef Richard A. Keys … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Setting sail

Buyers dropping anchor at this month’s International Boston Seafood Show will be hauling back a ton of new merchandising ideas. A record haul of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Saved by the Belle

With higher quality perishables, competitive grocery pricing and improved services, the newly rechristened Belle Foods tolls an exciting shopping experience for customers in its Deep South marketing area. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Upfront

Pick a finger!

JCPenney – or JCP as they now preferred to be called – recently sent me a $10.00 coupon for being a “valued customer.”  I … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Passport to profit

A well-merchandised imported beer case can add traffic, sales and panache to the beer aisle. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Light cocktails

It’s like a light Mardi Gras in your mouth! Cordina New Orleans Cocktails has launched a 100-calorie line of its famous pre-mixed cocktails. Building … Continue reading

Posted in Grocery, What's New

Cloudy 1984/2020 Vision

For our January cover story Grocery Headquarters asked a panel of industry experts for their views on what the supermarket industry will look like … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

How to turn Cerberus’ Supervalu deal into an Acme of an acquisition

Earlier this week Minneapolis-based Supervalu sold five of its leading supermarket banners – Acme Markets in Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic region, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco in Chicago … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

The Fresh Market spreads the joy of food

Superior service, close alliances with vendors and an easy-to-shop layout results in a fun customer experience. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Upfront

Dairy queen

Decadent flavors and enticing variations, coupled with stellar sales, solidify ice cream’s position as the royalty of the frozen food aisle. When the proprietors … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Dangerous interchange

Credit card swipe fees threaten to undermine supermarket profits. For consumers it may pay to Discover, but for retailers quite the opposite is true. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Upfront

Lake Success

A total remodel and massive expansion enables independent Elden’s Fresh Foods to maintain its lead market position. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Wounded Warrior Project raises $5 million

Officials of Acosta Sales & Marketing presented a $5 million check to Adam Silva of the Wounded Warriors Project last night. The presentation took … Continue reading

Posted in News

From head to toe

A strong offering of private label nonfoods items—from shampoo to foot care—can help supermarket operators increase sales and profitability. Nearly every supermarket has private … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fields of flours

As the cold weather sets in the baking products aisle blossoms with a stunning array of ingredients, mixes and frostings. Let them eat cake—and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Sunny forecast

IBM has developed Deep Thunder, a weather-modeling service that, according to officials with the Armonk, N.Y.-based company, can help farmers dramatically reduce the amount … Continue reading

Posted in News

Leg of Lamb Layaway

A layaway policy could help consumers afford a sumptuous holiday dinner. Christmas layaway programs have been in the news lately with Walmart, Kmart, Sears … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Souped-up sales engine

Thanks to versatility, value and an array of new varieties, shelf-stable soup remains a powerful driver of center store sales. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Reigning cats and dogs

With consumers treating their pets like royalty, supermarkets have the opportunity to increase sales of pet foods and treats. A man’s home may be … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Supermarket Smorgasbord

With items made fresh, local produce and a 200-foot buffet, Shady Maple Farm Market is a feast for the senses. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Upfront

Failing grade

One New Jersey school district puts the kibosh on birthday cupcakes. Students returning to school across the country this week will learn that “A” … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Porgy and Bass

A well-stocked showstopper seafood department can create sweet music for the bottom line. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Raising the Bar

New developments in alcoholic spirits are bringing sales and excitement back to center store. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Center Store