Outside of California or New York, North Carolina has one of the largest pools of homegrown grocery store brands – Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Lowes Foods, The Fresh Market, Earth Fare and Ingles are all based in North Carolina.

And for years, each of the brands have worked their specialty niche and found ways to co-exist even as each was working to take grocery market share from another.

But not since the mighty Wal-Mart started building its behemoth supercenter stores across the state has the North Carolina grocery market faced a future of such change, according to a panel of retail experts who addressed the NAIOPRaleigh Durham chapter meeting last week.