December 1, 2023

As inflation begins to chill down, grocery retailer consumers are nonetheless ready for aid within the aisles as Individuals proceed to pay prime greenback to feed their households.

CEO and president of Stew Leonard’s grocery store chain Stew Leonard Jr. addressed when consumers could lastly see costs dip on “The Claman Countdown” Tuesday.

“We’re hoping perhaps subsequent yr and the yr after costs will come down or at the least stabilize,” Leonard Jr. mentioned.


Prospects push purchasing carts exterior a Stew Leonard’s grocery store in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S., on Tuesday, Could 12, 2020.  ( Angus Mordant/Bloomberg through Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

The Labor Division mentioned Tuesday that the buyer worth index, a broad measure of the worth for on a regular basis items together with gasoline, groceries and rents, rose simply 0.1% in Could from the earlier month, far decrease than the 0.4% improve recorded in April. 

However grocery costs, a visceral reminder of inflation for a lot of Individuals, accelerated once more in Could with meals prices leaping 0.2% after falling the earlier two months. 

Shoppers continued to pay extra for staples like bread, meats like ham, beef and contemporary greens, together with potatoes, lettuce and tomatoes.

“We noticed a little bit easing with the CPI simply arising, however, you realize, principally you could have loads of prices which have elevated proper now, like labor, as an example,” Leonard Jr. famous. “We have needed to increase our beginning charges from paying $17 an hour proper now to get nice individuals. So, you realize, loads of these prices you need to move on a little bit bit.”

He additionally added shops are feeling the impacts of provide and demand.

“Proper now, demand is up. Clearly, costs might be up a little bit bit.”

Person reviews receipt over grocery items on counter

Shut-up girl trying a verify from a grocery store.  (iStock / iStock)

The grocery retailer CEO noticed that the rise in costs is prompting customers to adapt their ordinary retailer purchases.

“You already know, what we’re noticing proper now due to the costs, we’re noticing our clients are placing one much less merchandise of their purchasing cart.” 

He additionally defined how he manages worth will increase whereas sustaining his workforce.


“Despite the fact that we’re not capable of perhaps increase costs as a lot as we need to preserve our earnings the place they need to be, we’re consuming a little bit bit this yr. I imply, the identical factor with our medical health insurance prices… how a lot of that can we need to move on to our crew members? We’re not going to do a lot of it. We’re hoping perhaps subsequent yr and the yr after costs will come down or at the least stabilize.” 

He added that he sympathizes together with his clients and staff as they grapple with elevated prices. 

“You already know, there’s loads of prices for individuals,” he mentioned. 

“We have now been so delicate to our clients. I’ve principally been splitting any worth will increase that we’re getting and we have been arduous on our suppliers. We’re making an attempt to withstand any worth will increase, but when we do get them, what I am doing is splitting them with the shoppers right here on the retailer.” 

Leonard Jr. shared some ideas for customers in terms of saving on groceries, equivalent to purchasing at a neighborhood household retailer or shopping for from a personal label. 

I feel if individuals need to store most likely the place you are going to discover some good costs, go to extra of a household native retailer… we do not have to report earnings to you or Wall Road.”


“It is higher to strive a personal label and we’re capable of promote it under what the nationwide costs are. So a approach to economize, go and take a look at non-public label,” he suggested.

FOX Enterprise’ Megan Henney contributed to this report.