A summer of busy shopping at food stores in Door and Kewaunee counties has been reflected in national numbers with the release of retail sales in July for grocery stores. According to Supermarket News, grocery store sales rose 3.5 percent compared to last year. Alex Stodola, owner of Stodola’s IGA in Luxemburg says the summer traffic up and down the store’s aisles has been higher than usual this summer.
Stodola adds that online shopping has tailed off since the end of the pandemic as more customers are enjoying getting their groceries in-store and experiencing a social setting with others in the community. According to a 2002 survey by Statista, 51 percent of respondents chose to shop for groceries exclusively in-store. Around one in four respondents buys groceries for the most part in-store, while just two percent exclusively online.