According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, total retail sales in Bradley County increased by just 10.9% in 2017 as compared to 2014. Sales in 2017 were actually off by 0.4% from 2016
New dining choices and shifting consumer behavior contributed to a 15.8% increase in food and drink spending out of home (Eating & Drinking Places) compared to a net decline of 2.0% in spending at Food Stores (presumably for groceries to prepare meals at home).
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This trend appears to be continuing with an increasing number of Eating and Drinking Places competing for consumers – and marks a significant challenge for Food Store operators.