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.”

Movin’ on up

As A&P exits bankruptcy, a remodeled The Food Emporium on Manhattan’s Upper East Side showcases the retailer’s marketing potential.  If Florence Johnston, the wise-cracking … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Penney for your thoughts

A leading department store switches to Everyday Low Pricing. The question is will it work? JCPenney Company made a lot of news this month … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

International frozen food court

Broadening consumer tastes and new products are helping to transform the frozen food case into a virtual United Nations of ethnic flavors. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Flavorful brews

Mainstream beers have been losing market share for several years now as consumers switch to wines and spirits, but malt beverages in flavors like cola, lemonade and iced tea, along with related products like hard cider, continue to build steam. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Tall order

“Get Shorty’s!” That’s what urban planners and downtown redevelopment authority heads are going to be shouting when looking for a supermarket component to jumpstart their revitalization efforts, judging from the impact this little supermarket is having on downtown Lexington, Ky. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

Hot chocolate

Gourmet candies are transforming the confectionery aisle. Don’t call it the “candy aisle” anymore. The term “bonbonnière” is much more apropos. That’s because the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Upfront

Hop to it!

The Easter Bunny who is foretelling an early spring this year. And by doing so he is throwing a monkey wrench into retailers’ efforts to top April same-store sales by drastically shortening the 2012 Easter selling season. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Totally unCOOL

The supermarket industry is missing the boat by supporting the repeal of Country Of Origin Labeling. The customer is always right. Just ask Marshall … Continue reading

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Rising to the occasion

From breads and rolls to cakes and zucchini muffins, the in-store bakery continues to fill consumers’ desire for sweet and savory treats. In-store bakery … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Slam Dunkin’

New varieties, better-for-you offerings and line extensions of old favorites are making a splash in the cookies and crackers aisle. There is no unemployment … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Weaving a tangled Web

It’s not easy churning out these Pulitizer Prize-worthy monthly category feature articles. Much research is involved. I usually start by checking out the store … Continue reading

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Going Postal

The recent announcement of post office closings can open up a window of opportunity for supermarkets. According to news reports, the U.S. Postal Service … Continue reading

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Desperate Housewives

When designing new stores retailers should listen to their customers. I was shopping in the A&P a few Sundays ago when I overheard a … Continue reading

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Better safe than sorry

In light of ongoing safety concerns, is the industry doing enough to protect the food supply? Grape tomatoes. They are juicy, sweet and the … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Stories

Better safe than sorry

Grape tomatoes. They are juicy, sweet and the perfect addition to salads and numerous recipes. Oh, and for a week in late April/early May … Continue reading

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Breakout products from SIAL

Watch your back, olive oil. You have some serious competition from Three Farmers Camelina oil. It is making its way South of the Border … Continue reading

A major headache

    Early yesterday evening I made a trek to my local CVS, lured in by the big sale that was advertised in Sunday’s … Continue reading

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Jumpin’ Joe

Coffee sales continue to percolate, thanks to new products that deliver coffee shop quality at a fraction of the price. By Richard Turcsik Long … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Somewhat off Target

  About a month ago I picked up the Sunday Target circular and saw a lof of hot deals, including OptiFree Express contact lense … Continue reading

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Take This Review and Shovel It!

    A few weeks before Christmas while shopping in Sears I had the foresight to purchase a new snow shovel. It was the … Continue reading

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The Supermarket Diet

    I’ve noticed a disturbing trend when conducting price checks for my Retail Spotlights and while doing my own personal shopping — there … Continue reading

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Tootles to Pathmark

  Amid a 90%-off sale, and little other fanfare, the Union, N.J., Pathmark closed its doors for the last time last week.The store, located … Continue reading

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Dimwatted idea

  How many politicians does it take to screw up a light bulb? Apparently just a simple majority of Congress. A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Better Circulation

    Hy-Vee has found a new way to deliver its weekly circulars in Kansas City. Instead of placing them in the weekly food … Continue reading

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Good to the Last Drop

Last weekend I was washing my car windows and reached for a bottle of Windex. There was a good quarter-inch of it left in … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs