Retailers have been scrambling to stay ahead of grocery store competitors as the retail industry seeks to expand.

Here are some of the retailers that are taking the fight to rivals.

GEICO • The Minneapolis-based grocery chain said Tuesday it has hired a former assistant manager at a rival grocery store and will open its first store in the Washington, D.C., metro area in early 2018.

The grocer’s other new stores will open in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, the company said in a statement.

It is opening a store in Chicago, with plans to open a second in Philadelphia later this year.

GEICO said it will open stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle this year and plans to launch a third in the Boston area later this month.

Walmart Stores Inc. The Minneapolis-listed retailer said it is adding two more stores to its existing network in 2019, including a second at a location in Los Angeles.

Walmart said it expects to open two more locations in 2019 in San Francisco and two in Chicago.

Target Stores Inc., which has expanded into the U.S. market, is also investing in new stores in Washington state.

“Target is focused on building new and growing stores in key metro areas in order to expand and improve our online presence and to grow our existing network,” the retailer said in its statement.

Walgreens Boots Alliance The Minneapolis retailer said Tuesday that it will begin expanding in Seattle, opening a new store in 2018 and opening two more in 2019.

Walgreens Boots said it plans to add a store to Seattle, in 2019 and open a store on the Eastside.

CVS Health Inc. The Minneapolis drugstore chain said it has added two more new stores to the Chicago metro area, and plans a third to open in the Chicago area in 2019 with plans for a fourth in the Seattle area by the end of 2020.

A CVS Health spokeswoman said the company will add another store in Indianapolis in the first half of 2019 and two new stores later this spring.

Vick’s Medicine Co. The Minnesota-based health care company said Tuesday its stores will expand to Chicago and San Francisco by the middle of 2019.

The company said it would open two new locations in Washington, DC, in 2018, and another in Chicago by the first quarter of 2019, with a fourth opening in San Jose by the third quarter of 2020 and a fifth opening in Los Altos Hills, Calif., by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Sears Holdings Inc. Sears Holdings Inc., the parent of Sears, J.C. Penney and Macy’s Inc., said it intends to open stores on the West Coast by the start of 2021 and a fourth and fifth in San Diego and Seattle in 2020.

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