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Why department stores can’t ignore the lure of grocery

man browsing milk at grocery store
In-home dining boom prompts department stores to consider grocery. Image: Bigstock.
The increase in at-home food consumption as a result of the pandemic is prompting many retailers to consider the value of grocery.  At the height of the crisis, McDonald’s introduced an “essentials” range featuring items such as milk, eggs and bread rolls, while independent cafes were quick to divvy up “basics baskets” to meet the needs of locals.  While the intense supermarket stockpiling seen at the start of the pandemic seems like a distant memory now, grocery demand remai