Reading the comments above, solidifies my thoughts that the dominant grocery chains have a huge market segment to tap into. Its the small neighborhood store concept. What an idea! Seriously. The demise of the local grocery store was the advent of the large chains developing "mega" stores and offering low prices based on their purchasing strength. People left, chasing the low prices and percieved conveniences. I think Walmart, for example, could buy up the cheap, available neighborhood commerical real estate and open a small "general store" concept. Limited/essential groceries, hardware, services (I hear the same complaints about the big box hardware stores.....taking a half hour just to get a screw or a broom). The low prices would follow....they are still Walmart afterall. These would replace all of the old IGA's, 5-Star, True Value type places that are either struggling to survive, sitting empty, or being used for other purposes. Maybe it'd also help reduce the over abundance of pharmacies seen from coast to coast.
FWIW, I love shopping at a place like Kaczmaier's. I can get in, and get out. Its even worth the few extra dollars to be able to do so.