Among all forms of shopping centers, neighborhood strips anchored by grocery stores are considered a far safer investment than malls or power centers anchored by department stores. But they are beginning to feel similar pressures
. The top of the grocery store food chain is occupied by national brands with deep pockets, and they are spending billions to adapt to shoppers' changing habits. While the consequences of their efforts will not be immediate, they will likely be felt by brands without the capital or market coverage to sustain that competition.