Did COVID even happen for Jungle Jim’s International Market? In looking at their visits trend from Jan. 2019, you’d think that Ohio was spared the pandemic, given just a tiny blip in visitation in April 2020. This grocery store ranks #1 in grocery visitation in the entire state, and no wonder as it is truly a tour-de-force with over 200K square feet of shopping, and over 180K products to choose from. Beyond groceries, it features tastings, an Oscar Event center for weddings, corporate meetings and more, a cooking school, and even a podcast space. Outdoors, there is a real waterfall with life-sized safari animals. It’s Rainforest Cafe meets Disneyland meets Willy Wonka in terms of things to see and do. Visits per square feet are up from 2.3 in Q1 2019 to 2.6 in Q1 2023, and visits are up 13% from Q1 2019 to Q1 2023.
What’s more, visitation comes from a broad cross-section of segments, per PersonaLive. In comparing Q1 2019 visitation (blue) to Q1 2023 (red), visitation is up across the board, from Blue Collar Suburbs and Urban Low Income to Young Professionals and Wealthy Suburban Families. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it again that grocery anchors are proving to be quite resilient. Add to that mix opportunities for larger-than-life experiences, exotic foods, and entertainment, and that’s a recipe sure to attract ever-increasing crowds.