Nov 9, 2018 - 5:54 PM
in reply to Arno
Coop and Migros are in a class by themselves for physical layout, looks, and choice. The few Denners that I have patronized come in all kinds of sizes, sometimes no more than like a small corner store, but sometimes quite large and definitely just as nice as the Aldi and Lidl stores. As you know, Migros does not sell any alchoholic beverages or tobacco products (this goes right back to its inception in 1925) and this may help to explain why Migros owns 70% of Denner, where alcoholic beverage and tobacco products are definitely sold. I went to a new Denner in Boudry (NE) last month and I noticed that it is not offering many non-food items, this in contrast to Aldo and Lidl, which both offer a lot of non-food items in their central sections. It will be interesting to see if Aldi and Lidl try to open newer establishments that have more of the Migros and Coop "look". From what I have seen so far, they have a long way to go. But let's not forget that the Swiss are very price-conscious. Another chain I am aware of is Volg, but I have only been in a very small one (in Le Landeron, NE) and I believe there are more of them in the Swiss-German area. Now if you really want to go to a store in Switzerland that has a real mish-mash of products, have you ever been to an Otto's ? I've been to a couple in the canton de Fribourg (Morat and Düdingen) and they are something else.
One thing is sure, shopping choices are getting better every day, and it is the average Swiss consumer and the tourists who will gain from this competition. And gone are the days when the green Migros stores on wheels made their circuits throughout all the small communities. Those were fun to shop in.
Last modified on Nov 9, 2018 - 6:17 PM by Peterli