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Supermarket and Grocery Stores Industry Guide

Resources and research tips for the supermarket, grocery stores, and food retail industry

Companies & Competitors

Use the resources on this page to learn about the companies in the industry, or to analyze peers and competitors in the industry. 

  • Search D&B Hoover's for companies within the industry
  • Use the company news, SWOT Analysis, Analysis Reports, and Peer Analysis to understand the companies within the industry


  • Search Investext for public companies within the supermarket industry (Kroger, etc.)
  • Investext reports will analyze specific companies, or groups of companies, while discussing industry trends and competitors.


  • Use the 10-K filings (often called annual reports) of public companies within the industry, such as Kroger, Publix, , etc. 
  • Look at the Business Summary and Risk Factors (Item 1 and 1A), which is where the company will describe industry challenges
  • Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis, also gives the company's perspective on its business results and how it is doing within the industry.
  • 10-Ks can be found in D&B Hoover's in the tab to the left, or via the SEC website, linked below. 

Gather Local Company Information

Gathering information about companies in your local market can be challenging, as you are often dealing with small private companies or subsidiaries of larger companeis.  Use the resources below to find out information about companies in your local market.  For more resources, check out my Private Companies research page

  • Use Mergent Intellect to identify and locate potential competitors in your industry. 
  • Is there room in the market for your new business?
  • How are the other companies doing?  (look at estimated sales)


  • In addition to understanding the industry's health in your region, you can use the "Industry Market Report" in Bizminer to generate a list of competitors.


  • In addition to finding demographics of your local market, you can also use the "Business" feature to map locations of companies by name or industry.
  • You can use the information to generate a list of competitors and their addresses.