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Much has been made of UK-based grocer Tesco’s expansion into the US, in part because its 15,000-sf footprint allows the chain to expand rapidly in spaces too small for other grocers. This article discusses how many major domestic chains like Wal-Mart and Safeway are following suit.We particularly love this quote, by supermarket consultant Willard Bishop: “If you’ve got 50 feet of ketchup and what you want is Hunt’s 64-ounce and you can’t find it, people get overwhelmed.”What we might have liked even more, though, is the name of one of the shoppers they tracked down to comment in the story – Dusty McDonald. It just has a particular ring to it…Anyway, will these smaller stores gain popularity on the mega supermarkets many are used to, and if so, what kind of impact would that have on landlords if major chains decide to downsize?

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