Friday, October 15, 2021

How traditional teen apparel brands went out of style

Retail Dive
There came a time when teens clad in low-rise jeans and T-shirts with giant logos from the likes of Express, Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch filled every high school classroom in America. . . . more

10 of The Most Underrated Restaurants in Maine

Seacoast Current
Maine is growing as a food destination. There are a few with names that everyone recognizes and will travel for miles to dine at. . . . more

Business leaders expect supply chain turmoil to last well into 2022

CNN Business
The ongoing supply chain crisis isn't going to end anytime soon, according to a new survey of chief financial officers. . . . more

Macy's teams up with Fanatics

Retail Dive
Macy's announced that it has entered into "an exclusive long-term partnership" with Fanatics that will broaden the company's assortment of fan gear online and through its app, according to a company announcement sent to Retail Dive. . . . more

Major mall owner introduces a digital short-term leasing program

CSA
One of the biggest victims of COVID-19 was the 10-year lease, long a standard at enclosed malls. Now one of the biggest mall owners in the United States, Macerich, is introducing QuikSpace, a digital platform that puts booking retail space on a par with reserving a hotel room. . . . more

Best Buy Announces Its Black Friday Plans for 2021

IGN
The official date of Black Friday 2021 is November 26, but the official start of Black Friday is much tougher to pin down. . . . more

Cambridge Bakery Makes List Of Top 50 Restaurants In America

Patch
Based on flavor, vibrance, and a ranking to reflect the rich mosaic of American dining, the New York Times has named one Cambridge restaurant in the top 50 places to eat across the country. . . . more

Thursday, October 14, 2021

McDonald’s to test McPlant burger created with Beyond Meat in eight U.S. restaurants next month

CNBC
McDonald’s will test the plant-based McPlant burger created as part of its partnership with Beyond Meat in eight U.S. restaurants next month. . . . more

Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer: Tobacco sales under ‘real scrutiny’ as drugstore chain steps up health-care focus

CNBC 
Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer said the drugstore is taking a hard look at whether it will continue to sell cigarettes and tobacco products as it steps up its focus on health care. . . . more

Walgreens posts higher profit as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to lift sales

Fox Business
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said its profit rose for the recent quarter, with its role in administering COVID-19 vaccines continuing to help lift sales. . . . more

This world-famous restaurant ditched meat, but it's still charging $335 a person. Will people pay?

CNN Business
There was a moment last year, as Covid-19 brought the entire planet to a standstill, when the chef and owner of one of the world's most renowned and expensive restaurants thought he might lose everything. . . . more

Target keeps inventory moving in face of supply chain congestion

CSA
As retailers grapple with supply chain problems, Target is confident its proactive investments in fulfillment technology, distribution hubs and 24/7 supply chain operations are paying off as the holiday season approaches. . . . more

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Stores are preparing for a blowout Halloween

CNN Business
Last year, Halloween entailed homemade candy chutes — pipes that allowed people to send candy down to costumed children without getting too close — and pre-packaged goody bags left on stoops, curbs and outdoor tables. . . . more

Nordstrom Looks to Hire 28,600 Seasonal and Regular Workers Ahead of the Holidays

Footwear News
Nordstrom, like other major retailers, is stepping up its hiring goals ahead of the holidays. . . . more

Ahold Delhaize hits 2021 target in shift to U.S. self-distribution

Supermarket News
Ahold Delhaize USA has transitioned The Giant Company’s Carlisle, Pa., distribution center into its self-distributed network, raising self-managed center-store volume to 65%, its goal for this year. . . . more

Stop & Shop kicks off Express delivery

Supermarket News
In partnership with Instacart, Stop & Shop has launched Stop & Shop Express, an online shopping service providing delivery of groceries, convenience products and household essentials in as soon as 30 minutes. . . . more

Remember when Macy's was the one removing department store names?

Retail Dive
It's quite possible that on Thanksgiving Day, during what's known in New York City as the "Macy's Day Parade," instead of the usual red, star-blazoned Macy's sign, a big "Amazon" billboard will feature prominently as the balloons and festive floats glide by. . . . more

Survey: Holiday in-store shoppers want extended hours, occupancy limits

CSA
A new survey confirms that holiday shopping will start early this year and that more of it will involve the physical store. It also reveals how retailers can make in-store shoppers feel more comfortable. . . . more

Best Buy to acquire Current Health as it dives deeper into home health care

CSA
Best Buy is betting that a good deal of health care in the future will be based in the home. . . . more

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Office Depot, OfficeMax launch 20-minute pickup guarantee

Retail Dive
As retailers prepare for the forthcoming holiday season, Office Depot and OfficeMax have launched a "20 Minute Pickup Promise," an in store and curbside pickup service and guarantee at stores nationwide, the retailer announced on Wednesday. . . . more

Simon malls to close on Thanksgiving

Retail Dive
Simon Property Group on Thursday joined several retailers in shutting down on Thanksgiving Day. . . . more

7 experiential store concepts that opened this year

Retail Dive
As in past years, testing store concepts has been top of mind for retailers in 2021, as the industry moved past the mass closures and severely dampened traffic of 2020. . . . more

Kroger plans Northeast entry with next-gen fulfillment centers

CSA
America’s largest grocer is entering a new market and expanding its customer fulfillment centers (CFCs) and rapid online delivery program. . . . more

Scotch & Soda ramping up store expansion

CSA
Scotch & Soda is looking to grow its global presence. . . . more

Walmart in exclusive merchandise deal with Netflix

CSA
In time for holiday shopping, consumers can buy merchandise tied into “Stranger Things” and other popular Netflix shows on Walmart’s website. . . . more

Smaller Products, Rising Prices: Shrinkflation Hitting Grocery Store Shelves

CBS Minnesota
Shrinking products and rising prices. From cereal to soap, paper towels to pretzels, you might have noticed you’re not getting as much as you used to at the grocery store. . . . more

Friday, October 8, 2021

Pret A Manger debuts coffee subscription plans

NRN
Pret A Manger USA has launched a new Pret Coffee Subscription in New York City and Washington, D.C., the company said Thursday. . . . more

Burger King tests new plant-based Impossible Nuggets in three markets

NRN
Burger King is reportedly testing the new Impossible Foods nuggets in several markets, following the success of the plant-based Whopper. . . . more

Supply crisis drives Walmart and rivals to hire their own ships

Fox Business
The Flying Buttress once glided across the oceans carrying vital commodities like grain to all corners of the world. . . . more

Another disappointment: US economy adds only 194,000 jobs in September

CNN Business
America's economic recovery has hit a roadblock: US employers added only 194,000 jobs in September, another troubling sign that Covid is disrupting the economy. . . . more

7 mall stores you forgot about

Retail Dive
Why is it so much fun to discuss old retailers? And why do malls sometimes stoke feelings of nostalgia?  . . . more

Office return delays take big toll on Midtown Manhattan retail

CSA
The delayed return to offices due to the spread of the Delta variant has been a blow to the retail recovery in Manhattan. . . . more

Walmart to provide same-day delivery — for Home Depot customers

CSA
Walmart is kicking off its new delivery business with an impressive first client. . . . more

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

How America ruined Christmas

CNN Business
The supply chain nightmare that's been plaguing the global economy for over a year is about to snarl the holiday shopping season. . . . more

NRA: 78% of operators report decline in dine-in business

Restaurant Dive
Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators report a decline in customer demand for indoor dining in recent weeks due to the rise of delta variant coronavirus cases, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association Research Group of 4,000 operators. . . . more

As it opens more brick-and-mortar stores, Ross hires new CFO

Retail Dive
Adam Orvos, group senior vice president of supply chain administration at Ross Stores, has been promoted to Chief Financial Ofifcer, the retailer announced Wednesday. . . . more

Pre-bankruptcy payouts under fire from government watchdog

Retail Dive
Companies paid some $165 million in retention bonuses to executives in advance of Chapter 11 bankruptcies in 2020, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office. . . . more

Why retail bankruptcies have stopped dead — for now

Retail Dive
To appreciate the turnaround the entire retail industry has made over the past year, consider the months of July and August. . . . more

High-tech mini-golf/dining concept Puttshack in U.S. expansion

CSA
An entertainment experience that combines tech-infused mini-golf with food and drink and whose creators include the co-founders of Topgolf is set to open its second U.S. location. . . . more

U.S. convenience store sales in 2021 could top pre-pandemic levels

CSA
Convenience store retailers are bullish about their sales for 2021 but concerns persist. . . . more

Monday, October 4, 2021

Floral departments stem the tide of COVID's sales impact

Supermarket News
It’s no secret that supermarket floral departments struggled during the pandemic as many events were canceled, online shopping became the norm and those who did shop in person rushed to get in and out of stores quickly, not thinking about bringing home some bouquets—even though some beautiful flowers could have helped bring some happiness during the somber time. . . . more

Seacoast Liquor Stores See Big Sales Increase In New Hampshire

Seacoast Current
Thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seacoast liquor sales in New Hampshire are up by more than $10 million over the past year. . . . more

Facing traffic declines, Bed Bath & Beyond swings to a loss

Retail Dive
Facing foot traffic declines to stores, Bed Bath & Beyond on Thursday reported net sales in the second quarter fell 26% year over year to $2 billion, while comparable sales decreased 1%. . . . more

Claire's files for IPO 3 years after bankruptcy

Retail Dive
Teen retailer Claire's has filed for an initial public offering just shy of three years after it emerged from a Chapter 11 reorganization. . . . more

California Pizza Kitchen completes debt refinancing transaction

NRN
California Pizza Kitchen (“CPK”) today announced that it has successfully completed a debt refinancing with a new $195mm Senior Secured Credit Facility with Canyon Partners (“Canyon”) and Rabobank, resulting in a significant reduction in interest expense and reduced leverage. . . . more

Fat Brands completes $300 million acquisition of Twin Peaks—its second major purchase this year

NRN
Fat Brands announced the completion of the $300 million acquisition of casual-dining ‘breastaurant’ sports bar brand Twin Peaks on Friday after initially agreeing to the purchase in September. . . . more

How Jersey Mike’s plans to open over 500 locations in 2 years

NRN
Much of the restaurant industry is still in recovery mode following the pandemic, with brands licking their wounds and establishing new systems and tools that help position them for the consumer demands of the future. . . . more

Friday, October 1, 2021

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Stepping Aside in November

QSR
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy will step down on November 1, ending an eight-year run that saw the chicken chain grow into a more than 2,600-unit empire. . . . more

4 Ways to Get More Out of Your Drive Thru

QSR
Prior to the pandemic, most quick-service brands achieved about 70 percent of sales at the drive-thru window, but the number climbed to north of 90 percent for parts of 2020. . . . more

A&W Restaurants Named One of the 17 Best Restaurant Franchising Deals by QSR Magazine

RestuarantNews.com
A&W Restaurants, the 500-plus unit classic American restaurant franchise, has been recognized by QSR Magazine as one of the country’s top 17 deals in restaurant franchising. . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond sales plunge on August traffic drop-off, supply chain issues

CSA
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. swung to a second-quarter loss and reported profit and sales that missed expectations. The chain slashed its revenue and earnings outlook for the year. . . . more

First Look: J.C. Penney in beauty makeover

CSA
J.C. Penney is giving a sneak peek of its new beauty offering. . . . more

Neiman Marcus says 4.6 million customers affected by security breach

CSA
A leading luxury retailer has notified law enforcement that information from over 4 million customers’ online accounts was exposed in a cybersecurity incident. . . . more

Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey to retire in 2022; successor named

CSA
The co-founder and CEO Of Whole Foods Market is going to retire after four decades with the company. . . . more

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Report: Macy’s in legal battle over Amazon sign

CSA
Macy's Inc. doesn't want an Amazon billboard on top of its most famous store. . . . more

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Dollar Tree to sell more products above $1

CSA
Dollar Tree continues its expansion into prices above the one that its name is based on. . . more

The 10 busiest shopping days for holiday 2021 will be…

CSA
For the first time since 2010, Christmas will fall on a Saturday this year — an occurrence that will impact holiday shopping patterns. . . . more

Lowe’s thanks first responders with special offer

Fox Business
Lowe’s will recognize firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers, nurses and doctors nationwide in store and on Lowes.com with a 10% discount available from Oct. 22 to 24. . . . more

Paint is the latest product facing supply shortages and higher prices

CNN Business
As the global supply chain crisis continues to roil the global economy, the list of impacted industries is growing by the day. The latest: paint. . . more

COVID-19 surge, port delays threaten retailers' holiday plans

Retail Dive
If the ports are any indication of what is to come at the end of this year, trouble lies ahead for retailers this upcoming holiday season. . . more

Thai Concept Rooster & Rice Launches New Franchise Model

QSR
Rooster & Rice, the 10-location Thai restaurant chain that exploded onto the Bay Area food scene in 2015, has announced the launch of its new franchise model and plans for national expansion. . . more

Papa John's Strikes Largest U.S. Deal in Company History

QSR
After constructing the requisite infrastructure for sustainable unit growth, Papa John's CEO Rob Lynch told analysts in May that franchisees have "bought into our plans." . . more

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Gradual Recovery Continues for Restaurant Industry

CStore Decisions
Despite bad weather and the delta variant spread, consumer online and physical restaurant visits in August continued to recover from last year’s steep declines, according to market analyst The NPD Group. . . . more

HomeGoods launches first-ever e-commerce site

CSA
A longtime e-commerce holdout is entering the world of digital retail. . . . more

Walmart aims to help customers simply their healthcare with single, unified system

CSA
Walmart continues to expand its healthcare partnerships. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Lauren Hobart on Reinventing Outdoor Retail and Female Leadership in a Male-Dominated Industry

Footwear News
Lauren Hobart is leading a ship that is heading in the right direction. . . . more

Shoppers give thumbs-down to grocery stores’ COVID-19 efforts

Supermarket News
Despite waning shopper concern about COVID-19, U.S. consumer confidence in grocery stores’ handling of the pandemic has plunged over the past six months, according to the latest dunnhumby Consumer Pulse Survey. . . . more

The Weekly Closeout: Nordstrom debuts Home concept in New York, retail's big IPO wave

Retail Dive
It's been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week and what we're still thinking about. . . . more

Dollar General expanding to its 47th state

CSA
Dollar General is increasing its presence in the Pacific Northwest. . . . more

Monday, September 27, 2021

Toymakers worry congestion will lead to holiday inventory troubles

Retail Dive
Rising port congestion has toymakers worried their products won't make it onto shelves by the holiday season, Ed Desmond, vice president of The Toy Association said during a virtual press conference with the Port of Los Angeles. . . . more

7-Eleven Offering Deals on National Coffee Day

CStore Decisions
To celebrate National Coffee Day, 7Rewards loyalty members can get one free, any-size hot coffee with the purchase of a fresh baked good at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide on Sept. 29. . . . more

Amazon Prime members will soon pay fee for all Whole Foods deliveries

CSA
Free online deliveries from Whole Foods are coming to an end for members of the Amazon Prime paid loyalty program. . . . more

CSA Exclusive: Jonn exec discusses new store format, omnichannel

CSA
Joann is revamping its stores and enhancing its mobile and online customer experience. . . . more

Walmart, Meijer, Hy-Vee start COVID-19 booster shots

Supermarket News
Walmart, Meijer and Hy-Vee have begun offering COVID-19 booster shots, after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. . . . more

Rite Aid expands same-day delivery with Uber Eats

CSA
Rite Aid customers have a new option for same-day delivery of online orders. . . . more

Costco quarterly sales top $60 billion mark for first time; charters ocean vessels

CSA
Costco Wholesale Corp. ended a strong year on an even stronger note, topping the $60 billion mark in quarterly net sales for the first time in its history. In another first, its annual profit hit $5 billion, growing at its fastest rate in more than 20 years. . . . more

Friday, September 24, 2021

Costco Limiting How Much Toilet Paper, Paper Towels And Cleaning Supplies You Can Buy Again

CBS Boston
Costco is once again placing limits on purchases of toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies. . . . more

Dave & Buster's CEO to retire

Restaurant Dive
Brian Jenkins is retiring as CEO and member of the board of directors at Dave & Buster's, effective Sept. 30, the company said on Tuesday. He will become a senior advisor to the CEO until Nov. 30 to help with the transition. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods Will Soon be the Largest National Retailer of WNBA Merchandise

Footwear News
Dick’s Sporting Goods is now an official marketing partner of the WNBA. . . . more

ShopRite readies pilot of robotic grocery delivery carts

Supermarket News
A pair of ShopRite stores in Pennsylvania plan to test delivery robots from automated logistics specialist Tortoise for online grocery service. . . . more

Chicken Salad Chick sees 500 stores by end of 2025; targets Midwest for growth

CSA
Chicken Salad Chick is setting its sights on the Midwest as it continues its rapid expansion. . . . more

Lovesac brings stores to customers with mobile showrooms

CSA
A modular furniture retailer is rolling out a personalized and curated shopping experience directly to customers' homes. . . . more

Planet Fitness to bulk up in larger Augusta space

Mainebiz
Pumped to do more business in Augusta, Planet Fitness will move to a larger space in December after signing a lease for 22,730 square feet inside the Capitol Shopping Center. . . . more

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Apple unveils subscription offering — with flex payment option

CSA
Apple is adopting the subscription model for some of its most popular devices and entering the “buy now pay later” (BNPL) space. . . . more

Crumbl Cookies Rises from Emerging Brand to Category Leader

QSR Magazine
Crumbl Cookies has 254 stores open in more than 30 states. Without any context, the number already sounds substantial. But it's happened in just four years. . . . more

Monday, September 20, 2021

Newington Park Shopping Center sold for $13.3 million. The new owner plans to 'transform' it.

Seacoast Online
Real estate development and investment company Torrington Properties announced Friday it has acquired the Newington Park Shopping Center for $13.3 million and touted plans to "transform" the site. . . . more

A sweet proposition: DQ plans bigger store in Wells, Maine, with longer ice cream season

Seacoast Online
John Dube has a vision of transforming his Dairy Queen from a small, walk-in store at the Wells Corner Shopping Center to a larger destination farther south on Route 1, a restaurant complete with a drive-through window and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. . . . more

Aldi honored for ongoing green leadership open

CSA
Aldi is out front when it comes to energy efficiency and reducing harmful refrigerant emissions. . . . more

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Targets Indianapolis With Plan To Add 20 Locations in 10 Years

1851 Franchise
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual, “better burger” chain, is ready to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Indianapolis. . . . more

SEARS Officially Closing Its Last Department Store in Company’s Home State

Outsider
SEARS is officially closing its last store where it all began, the company’s home state of Illinois. . . . more

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Kroger, Instacart launch superfast delivery services as online grocery demand spikes

Fox Business
Kroger is expanding its delivery reach with help from Instacart. . . more

Dunkin's first digital-only store doesn't reduce labor

Restaurant Dive
Dunkin' on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of its first digital-only restaurant in Boston after opening the location to the public on Aug. 18, the company told Restaurant Dive in an email. . . . more

Chick-fil-A to launch 3 virtual concepts in Nashville

Restaurant Dive
Chick-fil-A will debut its Little Blue Menu delivery kitchen concept at a pilot location in Nashville this fall, and an Atlanta location will open in 2022, according to a company blog post. . . more

Holiday sales could spike 9% in 2021: Deloitte

Retail Dive
Retail sales during the holiday season could rise 7% to 9%, according to the latest projections from Deloitte. . . more

Tropical Smoothie Cafe in store milestone

CSA
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is moving closer to its goal. . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond to hold ‘Open House’ events; debut all-star advisory panel

CSA
Bed Bath & Beyond wants customers to see its transformation up close. . . . more

Burlington Mall Is Getting Revamped

Patch
The Burlington Mall is mixing it up, expanding its store selection, and adding some extra outdoor hangout space. . . . more

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sam’s Club to raise minimum wage

CSA
Sam’s Club is following the lead of other retailers and raising its minimum wage as companies find themselves in hot competition to attract workers amid a tight labor market. . . . more

Rite Aid to move to new ‘remote-first’ headquarters — in Philadelphia

CSA
Rite Aid is moving its corporate headquarters from its longtime location in Camp Hill, Pa., to a new “enterprise headquarters” in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard district. . . . more

Kohl’s vet takes top tech post at Men’s Wearhouse parent company

CSA
A 16-year Kohl’s veteran has joined the leadership team at Tailored Brands. . . . more

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Dunkin’ Opens First ‘Digital-Only’ Restaurant In Boston

CBS Boston
 A new kind of Dunkin’ has just opened in Boston. The Canton-based chain is unveiling its first-ever “digital-only” restaurant. . . . more

Taco Bell tests mobile subscription plan

CSA
If you have a smartphone and love eating tacos, Taco Bell is piloting a new loyalty offering just for you. . . . more

Monday, September 13, 2021

Torrid, brushing aside its competition, plans 25 new stores each year

Retail Dive
With healthy sales, margin and profit gains, Torrid came out swinging Wednesday with its first quarterly report as a public company. Second quarter net sales rose 34% year over year and 29% from 2019 to $332.9 million, as comps rose 30% from last year and 26% from 2019. . . . more

Party City in hiring blitz for Halloween

CSA
Party City is looking to hire as it ramps up for its most important selling season — Halloween. . . . more

Despite COVID-19 concerns, holiday spending looks solid

CSA
A new survey from Berkeley Research Group (BRG) reveals most consumers will spend the same or more on the holidays this year as in 2020. . . . more

David’s Bridal to host first-ever warehouse sale; says brides are happier

CSA
The nation's largest bridal retailer is holding what it said will be its biggest sale ever, and also reporting on bridal customer attitudes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods to hire the most seasonal workers in its history

CSA
Dick’s Sporting Goods is going on a holiday hiring spree. . . . more

A milestone and more for Floor & Decor

HBS Dealer
Floor & Decor, the rapidly growing home improvement specialty retailer has opened its 150th location. . . . more

Wegmans will open three new stores in 2022

Plain Vanilla Shell
Wegmans Food Markets has announced it will open three more stores next year in the nation's Mid-Atlantic region: in Alexandria, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Delaware, just outside Wilmington. . . . more

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Back-to-School Footwear Sales Bolstered by Child Tax Credit, Improving Wages

Footwear News
The back-to-school season is in full swing. And as kids and young adults head back to the classroom, certain trends are starting to emerge in footwear sales numbers. . . . more

Petco expands its subscription box service

Retail Dive
To address various pet owners' needs, and build on the growth it experienced this past year, Petco on Wednesday expanded its PupBox subscription offerings. . . . more

Banana Republic goes back to its roots with new brand identity

Retail Dive
After years of underperformance at Gap, Banana Republic announced on Tuesday that it is revamping its brand identity to focus on "democratic, approachable and inclusive luxury." . . . more

Amazon bringing cashierless tech to Whole Foods Market

CSA
Amazon continues to expand its “Just Walk Out” autonomous checkout technology, this time to its Whole Foods Market division. . . . more

Athleta in big expansion of wholesale partnership with REI

CSA
Athleta goods will soon be available in nearly all REI Co-op stores. . . . more

Lululemon Q2 sales, earnings top expectations; hikes outlook

CSA
Lululemon Athletica Inc. maintained its momentum in the second quarter. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods to unveil outdoor-focused store concept in Pittsburgh

CSA
Dick’s Sporting Goods is set to unwrap its long-awaited new store format that is focused on outdoor activities and land conservation. . . . more

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Francesca's tests new concepts, including tween stores

Retail Dive
Francesca's has emerged from bankruptcy with new ideas about how to thrive in a tough apparel market further complicated by the pandemic. The chain joins Victoria's Secret and others in testing fresh store concepts, which may launch in time for the holidays, CEO Andrew Clarke said in an interview. . . . more

What do Macy's and the Toys R Us brand have to offer each other?

Retail Dive
Toys R Us is back! … Again. The perennial comeback of the toy retail brand is becoming a regular feature of life following the defunct toy store chain's liquidation in 2018. . . . more

Psycho Bunny accelerating store expansion

CSA
Psycho Bunny is expanding nationwide to properties operated by Simon. . . . more

Walmart’s new pay hike brings average hourly wage to $16.40

CSA
Walmart announced its third pay increase of the year for hourly employees. . . . more

Summer Recap: Five major retail deals

CSA
It was a busy spring and summer for dealmakers in the retail industry. Here’s a look at five of the biggest deals. . . . more

China’s Miniso makes East Coast debut; doubles down on U.S. expansion

CSA
A China-based, global value retailer is bullish on U.S. store expansion. . . . more

This Fast-Growing Upscale Pizza Chain Plans to Open 100 New Locations

Yahoo! Life
For decades, New York and Chicago have been considered the pizza meccas of America. Now, California may be gaining steam as another strong contender. . . . more

Friday, September 3, 2021

Wendy's is upgrading its french fries

CNN Business
Few things in life are worse than a soggy french fry. Wendy's says it has a solution. . . . more

Mall jeweler Signet's sales soar as millennials rush to get hitched

CNN Business
Call it love in the time of Covid. Those TV commercials for Jared and Kay — as in "every kiss begins with ..." — may be cheesy, but they are working. . . . more

Big Y Foods begins rollout of mobile checkout

Supermarket News
Big Y Foods has launched mobile checkout in about a quarter of its stores with digital shopping specialist FutureProof Retail (FPR). . . . more

Chipotle gamifies loyalty program with extra perks

Restaurant Dive
Chipotle launched a rewards program feature Wednesday called Extras, which allows members to access extra points and receive free Chipotle items faster. As part of the rollout, Chipotle Rewards members can get double points on a purchase through Sept. 3. . . . more

Burlington's sourcing costs are up 78% over 2 years due to pandemic supply chain disruptions

Retail Dive
Burlington Stores' product sourcing costs rose by 78% in the past two years, a shift driven almost entirely by higher supply chain costs during the pandemic, Chief Financial Officer John Crimmins said on the company's Q2 earnings call. . . . more

Chewy sales leap 27% as it takes market share

Retail Dive
Online pet specialist Chewy's second-quarter sales rose 26.8% year over year to nearly $2.2 billion. . . . more

Walgreens, Mastercard partner on new bank account and debit card

CSA
Walgreens continues building on its financial services offerings. . . . more

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Target CIO Mike McNamara set to retire

Supermarket News
Target Corp. Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara is slated to retire in 2022. . . . more

Sally Beauty names new CEO

CSA
Sally Beauty on Wednesday announced that Denise Paulonis will be CEO effective Oct. 1, according to a company press release. . . . more

Wegmans Food Markets tops People’s ‘100 Companies That Care’ list — here’s why

CSA
A family-owned supermarket chain landed the No. 1 spot on a ranking of employers that have gone above and beyond to create positive workplaces for their staff and the community at large. . . . more

Monday, August 30, 2021

Build-A-Bear comeback continues with its highest Q2 profit ever

CSA
Build-A-Bear Workshop’s maintained its momentum in the second quarter, leading to the company’s strongest first six months performance in its nearly 25-year history. . . . more

Gap posts highest Q2 net sales in 10-plus years

CSA
Gap Inc. reported second-quarter earnings that crushed Wall Street expectations and sales that topped $4 billion, led by its Old Navy and Athleta brands. . . . more

A tale of two dollar stores: Dollar Tree hit by freight while Dollar General mostly shrugs off costs

Retail Dive
Shipping bottlenecks and freight costs are hitting retailers across the board. While many players have responded with price increases for consumers, when your proposition is a single price point — say $1 — the options for mitigating costs are more limited. . . . more

Off-price retailers brace for uncertainty despite healthy Q2

Retail Dive
Off-price stores tend to thrive even when external forces are pressuring other retailers because they appeal to consumers regardless if the economy is up or down. . . . more

First Look: Check out Bloomingdale’s new small-store concept

CSA
Bloomingdale’s has opened its first-ever location under the “Bloomies” banner. . . . more

Friday, August 27, 2021

Stop & Shop now accepting EBT payments for online SNAP purchases

Supermarket News
Stop & Shop on Thursday became the latest Ahold Delhaize USA supermarket chain to allow customers using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits the option to pay with an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card when placing online orders for pickup and delivery. . . more

Home Depot improves inventory depth with focus on high-velocity SKUs

Retail Dive
The Home Depot is prioritizing high-demand categories and chartering ships to build its inventory levels and mitigate the effects of supply chain disruptions, company executives said on the company's Q2 earnings call. . . more

Ulta 'thrilled' with Target partnership as first 58 stores open

Retail Dive
Ulta is back on track after the lows of the pandemic, posting a record second quarter that included $1.97 billion in net sales (up 60.2%), a comp sales increase of 56.3% and net income of $251 million (a more than 3,000% increase). . . . more

Best Buy lets advertisers directly target its customers

CSA
A consumer electronics giant is signing on with a digital third-party ad network. . . . more

Gap continues size inclusion push with virtual fit tech acquisition

CSA
Gap Inc. is purchasing Drapr, a startup that enables customers to create 3D avatars and virtually try on clothing. . . . more

Amazon opens first high-tech grocery store in Maryland

CSA
Live from Chevy Chase, Md. - it’s the latest Amazon Fresh location. . . . more
CSA
Dollar General Q2 beats Street; on track to open 1,050 stores. . . more

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Lululemon to raise minimum wage as it looks to hire more than 8,000 employees

CSA
Lululemon Athletica Inc. is the latest retailer to raise its minimum hourly wage. . . . more

Nearly half of consumers prefer to shop in-person — here’s why

CSA
A positive in-store experience is  critical to repeat business. . . . more

Self-serve food bars are ready for their comeback

Supermarket News
One of the areas of the supermarket that saw the biggest drop-off in business during the pandemic was the deli department — more specifically, the self-serve soup, salad and hot bars that were once a thriving part of the deli. . . . more

Increased use of online grocery shopping ‘here to stay’

Supermarket News
Grocery shoppers have taken a definite online turn since the onset of COVID-19, and many still see the pandemic’s impact on store shelves, a new study from CPG sales and marketing firm Acosta finds. . . . more

Ace Hardware on track to open more than 170 stores in 2021

CSA
Ace Hardware is riding the home spending wave. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods has record-breaking Q2 sales, profits

CSA
Dick’s Sporting Goods is raising its full-year outlook as its momentum shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. . . . more

Dollar General Q2 beats Street; on track to open 1,050 stores

CSA
Dollar General reported second-quarter profit and sales that beat analysts’ estimates but edged down over last year’s second quarter. . . . more

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

KeyPoint Partners Negotiates Sale of Brighton Storeblock at 2-20 Tremont Street

Boston Real Estate Times
KeyPoint Partners represented the seller and procured the buyer in the sale of 2-20 Tremont Street in Brighton, Massachusetts for $2.5 million, announced Jonathan Aron, Vice President of Investment Sales for the firm. . . . more

Best Buy flexes ongoing strength in Q2 as online sales drop

Retail Dive
A clear preference for shopping in stores was seen in Best Buy's second quarter report Tuesday, as U.S. consumers — which CEO Corie Barry noted have been bolstered by government support — continue to acquire and upgrade their home theaters, appliances, computing, mobile phones and services. . . . more

Walgreens provides flu shots nationwide

CSA
Walgreens is now offering flu shots for everyone ages three and up by walk-in or appointment at more than 9,000 store locations across the U.S. . . . more

Cuffy’s of Cape Cod is expanding, ‘creating a fantasy’ for shoppers

Boston.com
Dominick “Cuffy” Albano’s store has become a Cape Cod tradition for many. . . . more

Disney Store to close more retail locations, find out if your location is on the list

Boston 25 News
Disney Store has announced that more retail locations will be closing in the coming weeks. . . . more

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

This Amazon Fresh store is only blocks from a Whole Foods. Why?

Retail Dive
On a July day in Washington, D.C., the latest Amazon Fresh store opened. . . . more

Publix’s new GreenWise Market opens in downtown Tampa

CSA
Publix Super Markets continues to expand its specialty natural and organic foods banner. . . . more

Target adding more than 100 Disney shops

CSA
Target Corp. is expanding its partnership with Disney in time for the holiday season. . . . more

Monday, August 23, 2021

BJ’s Blows Past Cautious Q2 Outlook

Plain Vanilla Shell
BJ’s Wholesale Club, which surprised itself with second-quarter sales figures that were considerably better than forecast only a few months ago, is using that momentum to get in front of concurrent challenges in the supply chain and the labor market. . . . more

Friday, August 20, 2021

David's Bridal Announces the Expansion of Their Retail Footprint Now with 300+ Locations Globally

Plain Vanilla Shell
David's Bridal, the nation's leading bridal and special occasion authority announced today the opening of their newest retail location in Naperville, Illinois. . . . more

Amid E-Commerce Boom, TJX Set to Launch HomeGoods Website in Q3

Footwear News
Like many retailers, TJX Companies is expanding its e-commerce offerings. . . . more

BJ’s Wholesale Club builds on prior-year gains in Q2

Supermarket News
BJ’s Wholesale Club topped the high end of Wall Street’s earnings forecast for its fiscal 2021 second quarter, as the company added to COVID-19-driven growth from a year ago. . . . more

Petco sales up 19% as category demand remains high

Retail Dive
Petco has been able to continue its sales momentum and lap 2020's numbers despite heightened demand in the category last year. . . . more

Amazon reportedly planning to open small department stores

CSA
Amazon’s next foray into brick-and-mortar retail will reportedly center on large spaces akin to department stores. . . . more

Jack in the Box has 64 new locations in the pipeline

CSA
Jack in the Box Awards is accelerating its expansion following the relaunch of its franchising program. . . . more

Toys R Us is coming to more than 400 Macy’s stores next year

CNBC
Macy’s is joining forces with the owner of Toys R Us to bring an assortment of toys, games and other gadgets for kids to more than 400 of the department store chain’s locations and online. . . . more

Thursday, August 19, 2021

How Walmart and Target Are Tackling Supply Chains Woes and Coming Out on Top This Earnings Season

Footwear News
Supply chain issues and port congestion have been major themes this retail earnings season. Target and Walmart both said this week that they are working on solutions to strongly position them for success in the second half of 2021. . . . more

Why winning brands like Taco Bell still look to agencies for help on culture

Restaurant Dive
Few national brands attract the level of cult-like devotion as Taco Bell. . . . more

Target keeps up growth pace in Q2

Supermarket News
Boosted by increased store traffic, Target Corp. generated strong net and comparable sales growth in its fiscal 2021 second quarter, atop big pandemic-fueled gains a year earlier. . . . more

Walmart takes on Best Buy with Tech Services Initiative

CSA
The Best Buy Geek Squad has some new nerds moving into its turf. . . . more

Old Navy rolling out size-inclusive shopping experience — in stores and online

CSA
Old Navy has launched a major initiative in body inclusivity that includes a major change in its stores. . . . more

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Popeyes Approved For Woburn's Mishawum Road

Patch
Over two months after they first came to the city, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has won approval for a location at 305 Mishawum Road. . . . more

Malls are rebounding but Q2 shows how cloudy their future is

Retail Dive
It's all part of the plan. That's the assurance that executives at major retail REITs gave in recent weeks about the higher levels of uncertainty to be found in their leasing agreements and tenant mixes these days. . . . more

Casino to replace Macy’s at mall in State College, Pa.

CSA
Just last year, mall owner CBL made a Live! Casino the new anchor of Westmoreland Mall outside Pittsburgh. . . . more

Plus-size fashion retailer in name change; to open freestanding stores

CSA
Altar’d State is upping its game in women’s mid-size and plus-size fashions. . . . more

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Retail sales drop worse-than-expected 1.1% in July as rising Covid fears hit consumers

CNBC
Shoppers in the U.S. cut back their purchases in July even more than expected as worries over the delta variant of Covid-19 dampened activity and government stimulus dried up. . . . more

Home Depot says it sold out of an early drop of Halloween decor almost immediately

CNBC
Home Depot said Tuesday it quickly sold out of an early release of Halloween products, offering a signal that consumers will be eager to decorate their homes this fall and winter. . . . more

Dillard's swings to profit in Q2 as women buy clothing and shoes

Retail Dive
Department store Dillard's on Thursday demonstrated its strength in a troubled segment with its second quarter report. . . . more

Walmart looks for a cryptocurrency strategy leader

Retail Dive
Walmart is seeking a leader for digital and cryptocurrency products, according to a recent job post. . . . more

Demolition of Greendale Mall in Worcester underway; Amazon warehouse in store

Telegram & Gazette
Construction equipment clawed away at the exterior walls of the Greendale Mall Monday morning, the latest step in the transformation of the site from a shopping hub to a package distribution center. . . . more

Survey: Retail leasing will expand, rents will stay flat

CSA
More than two-thirds of commercial real estate investors and experts surveyed by Transwestern Real Estate Services expect leasing velocity and tenant walkthroughs to increase in the retail sector, while rents will remain flat. . . . more

Dunkin’ continues to accelerate non-traditional expansion

CSA
Dunkin’ continues to focus on opening non-traditional locations. . . . more

Monday, August 16, 2021

Subway's CMO on why the brand's transformation is just beginning

Restaurant Dive
Subway last month rolled out the largest menu update in its history, which was accompanied by an updated visual identity, store remodels, a revamp of its digital ordering and the introduction of direct delivery. . . . more

Abercrombie & Fitch to bring apparel to Zappos

Retail Dive
In a bid to expand its reach, Abercrombie & Fitch has partnered with Zappos to distribute its apparel through the platform starting Aug. 16, the two companies announced on Thursday. That includes Abercrombie & Fitch's denim offerings and "essential tops." . . . more

Chicken Salad Chick expansion on track

CSA
Chicken Salad Chick is on a roll. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods set to open its first Golf Galaxy Performance Center

CSA
Dick’s Sporting Goods continues to expand its national footprint with new banners. . . . more

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The demise of the department store? Not so fast

Retail Dive
It's no secret that department stores in the U.S. are in a steady decline, with stores closing left, right and center. The critics have been vocal about the viability of this format longer term. . . . more

Nordstrom moved to New York, then came a pandemic. Now what?

Retail Dive
Moving into New York City had been a Nordstrom family goal for years, when, in October 2019, the latest generation of executives running the department store finally reached it. . . . more

Taco Bell preps new ‘Defy’ frictionless drive-thru concept for ‘22

CSA
A quick-service Mexican food chain will pilot a store model that offers enhanced drive-thru service for customers who order via mobile app or third-party delivery platform. . . . more

IHOP Is Adding Beer, Wine To The Menu At Some Locations

CBS Boston
If you visit an IHOP in the not-too-distant future, chances are you may encounter some unexpected menu items that weren’t available before: beer, wine and bubbly. . . . more

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

What Franchises Need To Know Before Expanding Into a New State

Plain Vanilla Shell
Ask any franchisor what their ultimate goal for the business is, and you’ll likely get the same answer — growth. Whether a franchise is looking to be a household name nationwide or simply within a region of the country, growth likely includes expanding into new states. . . . more

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results

Plain Vanilla Shell
Today, Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:PLNT) reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021. . . . more

Stop & Shop to keep some in-store People’s United bank branches

Supermarket News
Stop & Shop will retain 27 of 140 People’s United Bank in-store branches previously slated for closure as part of the financial institution’s pending acquisition by M&T Bank. . . . more

Coworking space with child care, gyms and even dog care is floated as a possible new use of former Lord & Taylor store at Westfarms

Hartford Courant
Where department store customers once bought clothing and housewares at the Westfarms shopping mall, office workers could one day arrive at their desks and also take advantage of amenities such as gyms and massages. . . . more

IHOP explores virtual brands, new loyalty program

Restaurant Dive
IHOP plans to launch a new loyalty program in Q4 and is evaluating the addition of virtual brands, IHOP president Jay Johns said during parent company Dine Brands' Q2 earnings call on Thursday. . . . more

JLL: These two retailers are most popular for back-to-school shopping

CSA
Cost reigns supreme as the top factor for parents in deciding where to shop for back-to-school and two retailers far outstrip all the competition. . . . more

First round of Sephora shops in Kohl’s open; here’s where

CSA
The Sephora-Kohl’s partnership has officially launched. . . . more

Monday, August 9, 2021

Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works officially part ways

Retail Dive
The last vestiges of Les Wexner's "Limited" conglomerate were swept away on Tuesday as L Brands officially switched its name to Bath & Body Works and began trading on the stock market under the symbol BBWI, apart from Victoria's Secret. . . . more

Macy's wipes away $1.3B in debt

Retail Dive
In another sign of financial recovery after the pandemic took a toll on its operations, Macy's is wiping away a good portion of its debt. The retailer Tuesday said that on Aug. 17 it will redeem the entire $1.3 billion principal of its 8.375% senior secured notes that were due in 2025. . . . more

Rite Aid to launch Shipt delivery chainwide

Supermarket News
Rite Aid is bringing Shipt same-day delivery of nonprescription products to all of its 2,100-plus stores in 17 states. . . . more

Saladworks comes to more Kroger stores

Supermarket News
This summer, fast-casual restaurant chain Saladworks plans to wrap up the opening of four more locations inside Kroger supermarkets in Ohio and Kentucky. . . . more

Panera, Caribou, Einstein Bros. Bagels combine under Panera Brands platform

Restaurant Dive
Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels have formed Panera Brands, a platform of fast casual restaurants, according to a press release. The combined company will have nearly 4,000 locations.  . . more

The Container Store notches its first Q1 profit in more than a decade

Retail Dive
Buoyed by interest in the home (which has risen during the pandemic) and in organization (which has been fostered by Netflix programming), The Container Store this week reported a profitable first quarter for the first time in over a decade. First quarter net income rose significantly year over year to $17.7 million from a net loss of $16.7 million a year ago. . . . more

Costco sales surge in July even as online cools

CSA
Costco Wholesale Corp. reported strong same-store sales growth in July even as its digital sales growth inched downward. . . . more

Friday, July 30, 2021

Massachusetts attorney general sues Grubhub for violating temporary fee cap

Restaurant Dive
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued Grubhub on Thursday over allegedly charging fees to restaurants that exceeded a 15% statutory fee cap that was put in place during the pandemic, according to a press release. The attorney general's office is seeking refunds for restaurants and civil penalties of $5,000 per violation, along with the costs of investigating and prosecuting the case. . . . more

What the delta variant already means for retail

Retail Dive
A change in mask-wearing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday — urging even vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in areas with "substantial or high transmission" — signaled fresh worry about a pandemic that earlier this year seemed to be on the wane in the U.S., thanks to the rapid development and distribution of vaccines. . . . more

Dollar General unveils its first store-in-store concept

CSA
Dollar General Corp. is taking its pOpshef retail format in house, to its larger format DG Market stores. . . . more

Tesla reportedly to exit malls

CSA
Higher-end malls may lose a retail tenant. . . . more

Bloomberg: Apple stores to require customers to mask up again

CSA
Shoppers in select Apple stores will once again have to wear masks — vaccinated or not. . . . more

Survey: Customers want to return to stores, safely

CSA
A new survey indicates the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed consumer shopping habits, including a number of new expectations for stores. . . . more

Wegmans to open its first store in Manhattan on site of recently closed Kmart

CSA
Wegmans Food Markets has signed a 30-year lease for its second store in the Big Apple, this time in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. . . . more

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

KeyPoint Partners Secures Four New Theater Sites For Apple Cinemas

BRET
KeyPoint Partners negotiated a new lease that secures four new locations for its expanding cinema client Apple Cinemas. Apple Cinemas will replace Cinemagic at two locations in Maine and two in New Hampshire. Vice President of Leasing/Tenant Rep Don Mace negotiated the transactions. . . . more

Monday, July 26, 2021

It’s all about the experience at Bed Bath & Beyond’s NYC flagship

CSA
Immersive experiences abound at Bed Bath & Beyond’s reimagined New York City flagship store. . . . more

Friday, July 23, 2021

Report: Foot traffic exceeding 2019 levels at some casual chains Published July 22, 2021

CSA
Foot traffic analysis from Placer.ai from the last three months shows that 28 of the top casual dining chains are returning to pre-COVID-19 levels. Monthly visits in April, May and June were down 10.4%, 7.8% and 3.8%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2019. Placer.ai notes that if this trajectory continues in the segment, casual dining visits will rebound fully as soon as the end of summer. . . . more

Home Depot extends cloud partnership with Google

CSA
The Home Depot is supporting digital transformation across its entire enterprise with Google Cloud technology. . . . more

Survey: Retailers prioritize back-to-school over holiday

CSA
Retailers have big hopes for the back-to-school season, with six in 10 saying it is more important than the upcoming holiday shopping period. . . . more

First Ulta Beauty in-store shops at Target to open in August — here’s where

CSA
Target Corp. and Ulta Beauty have revealed more details — including the brand lineup — about the Ulta Beauty at Target shop-in-shop initiative. . . . more

Monday, July 19, 2021

Wilson opens first store amid DTC expansion

CSA
Just a few months after the company revealed plans for a more direct-to-consumer strategy, Wilson Sporting Goods is opening its first store, in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. . . . more

Burlington poaches Ross exec to fill COO role

Retail Dive
Burlington Stores named Travis Marquette as its new president and chief operating officer to oversee the off-price retailer's stores, real estate, supply chain and information technology functions. . . . more

Retail sales solid in June

CSA
Retail sales edged up in most categories in June and were up across the board on a yearly basis. . . . more

Ross Stores opens 30 new locations

CSA
So far, it has been a summer of expansion for Ross Stores. . . . more

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Nordstrom acquires stake in four fashion brands

CSA
It’s a first-of-its-kind deal for Nordstrom — and for a U.K. online giant. . . . more

Shein surpasses H&M, Zara in US fast fashion sales

Retail Dive
Amid the pandemic-induced surge in e-commerce spending, Shein has become the largest fast-fashion retailer in the U.S., according to a June report from Earnest Research. The company now has more app downloads in the U.S. than Amazon. . . . more

Malls may not even need anchors. Here's why.

Retail Dive
In the mid-20th century, when malls were retail's fresh new idea, department stores moved into the suburbs with confidence. That has been shaken, and many malls are now looking for their replacements. . . . more

Chipotle hides giveaway codes in NBA Finals ads for a 'game within the game'

CSA
Chipotle is running a series of TV ads during the NBA Finals that include special codes that reward attentive basketball fans with free burritos, according to a news release. . . . more

Bonchon says 72% of stores planned for 2021 will be fast casual

Restaurant Dive
Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon plans to accelerate openings of its new fast casual model after debuting two such restaurants earlier this year, according to a press release. . . . more

Panera tailors swimwear collection to those who eat soup in hot weather

Restuarant Dive
Panera Bread released a limited-edition swimwear collection that is available via a dedicated e-commerce site and designed for customers who eat soup even in hot weather, the company confirmed in an email.  . . . more

Last call for L Brands

CSA
L Brands is changing its name in connection with the separation of its two businesses. . . . more

Monday, July 12, 2021

Costco sales strong in June; drops senior hours

CSA
Costco Wholesale Corp.’s winning streak continued in June, with the retailer reporting a 16.9% increase in sales and strong e-commerce growth. . . . more

Salt Life expanding in brick-and-mortar

CSA
Salt Life is committed to growing its physical footprint. . . . more

Back-to-school shopping could reach nearly $33B: Deloitte

Retail Dive
Despite an unpredictable back-to-school environment, overall back-to-school spending is expected to increase by 16% year-over-year to $32.5 billion for K-12 students, according to Deloitte's Back-to-School survey emailed to Retail Dive. . . . more

Friday, July 9, 2021

Walmart focuses on renewable energy, inclusion, COVID-19

CSA
Walmart’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities include climate action, inclusive hiring and promotions, and COVID-19 remediation. . . . more

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Big Y Foods to launch telemedicine service

Supermarket News
Regional grocer Big Y Foods plans to offer telehealth services under a distribution agreement with Bonum Health. . . . more

Top 50 retailers by store count

Supermarket News
The SN Top 50 Retailers report is compiled in partnership between Supermarket News and IGD, a leading UK-based analysis and insight organization for the food and consumer goods industry.  . . . more

Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank expand contactless fit tech to 650 locations

Retail Dive
Amid a digital push, Tailored Brands is expanding its partnership with Bold Metrics by integrating its artificial intelligence fitting technology into more than 650 Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank stores, according to a press release emailed to Retail Dive. . . . more

Authentic Brands, co-owner of Brooks Brothers, Forever 21 and others, to go public

CSA
Authentic Brands Group, which has amassed an extensive retail portfolio by acquiring struggling brands, has filed for an initial public offering. . . . more

Save A Lot to remodel all its 1,000 stores

CSA
Save A Lot is ramping up investment in its stores as part of the company’s ongoing modernization efforts. . . . more

Report: Malls are within striking distance of 2019 traffic levels

CSA
Placer.ai’s latest mall index—the sample for which has been doubled to 100 U.S. properties—indicates that traffic in enclosed shopping centers during June was only eight percentage points off June 2019. . . . more

Dollar General makes push into health care

CSA
Dollar General Corp. is looking to become a health care destination for its customers. . . . more

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Rothy’s expands store footprint

CSA
A digitally native, eco-friendly footwear company that makes shoes and bags out of recycled and sustainable materials has opened its first Midwest location. . . . more

Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran sizes up state of grocery post-pandemic

Supermarket News
Increased consumer digital engagement, e-commerce usage and food-at-home purchases likely won’t shrink back to pre-pandemic levels as COVID-19 abates, Albertsons Cos. President and CEO Vivek Sankaran said this week at the FMI Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange. . . . more

Report: 47% of diners use at least one loyalty program

Restaurant Dive
Forty-seven percent of diners now use at least one loyalty program, according to a new report from Paytronix and PYMNTS. . . . more

Owner of Fatburger, Johnny Rockets makes $442.5 million acquisition

CSA
Fat Brands is making an acquisition that will more than double its footprint. . . . more

Panera Bread sells Au Bon Pain chain

CSA
A franchisee of more than 400 quick-serve restaurants and convenience stores has assumed the role of franchisor for the first time in its 16-year history. . . . more

Analyst: Gap’s Yeezy brand with Kanye West could total $1 billion in sales next year

CSA
If initial sales are any indication, Gap’s collaboration with rapper-designer Kanye West will more than live up to the hype. . . . more

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

New England’s first Best Buy Outlet now open at Westgate Mall in Brockton, MA

NEREJ
New England’s first Best Buy Outlet is now open at Westgate Mall. A concept from Best Buy, Best Buy Outlet offers shoppers deeply discounted prices on appliances, TVs, computers, and more, with inventory regularly updated. Best Buy Outlet shoppers can save up to 40% on clearance and open box products. . . . more

Acella Construction completes first Saladworks Franchise in Mass.

NEREJ
Acella Construction Corp., completed the first Saladworks franchise in Massachusetts, located in Woburn Village at 296 Mishawum Rd. . . . more

Fat Brands to acquire Global Franchise Group for $442.5M

Restaurant Dive
Fat Brands has agreed to acquire Global Franchise Group, owner of QSR brands Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker, for $442.5 million from Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital, according to a press release. . . . more

Report: Store closures decline for the first time in 2021

Retail Dive
For the first time in 2021, store closures have declined year over year, according to an emailed report from Coresight Research. . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond adds new employee benefit programs; to close on Thanksgiving

CSA
Bed Bath & Beyond is expanding the benefits it offers employees amid a labor crunch that is hitting retail and restaurant chains particularly hard. . . . more

P.F. Chang’s to open 50-plus take-out locations

CSA
P.F. Chang’s has big plans for its new format amid ongoing demand for take-out. . . . more

Office Depot guarantees 30-minute in-store, curbside pickup

CSA
Office Depot and Office Max stores have improved their fulfillment times. . . . more

Friday, June 25, 2021

Red Robin to add 120 Donatos locations this year

CSA
Red Robin is adding Donatos pizza to approximately 120 restaurants by the end of this year, which would bring the partnership that began in 2018 into more than 200 locations. . . . more

The restaurant renaissance is coming. Here's what the industry should expect.

CSA
After over a year of lockdowns, reopenings and more lockdowns due to the ongoing global pandemic, the United States seems to be stabilizing thanks to an improving vaccine supply and distribution. . . . more

At Home takes over former J.C. Penney site at Maryland mall

CSA
Heritage Partners has announced the lease of the entire 96,000-sq.-ft. former J.C. Penney site at its Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden, Maryland. . . . more

Five Below expands same-day delivery to 1,100 stores

CSA
Five Below is moving forward with a successful pilot of the Instacart on-demand delivery platform. . . . more

Rite Aid narrows Q1 loss; retail pharmacy revenue rises 5.5%

CSA
Rite Aid narrowed its loss in the first quarter amid strong pharmacy sales, but its total revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations. . . . more

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Watertown Mall Associates LP sells Watertown Mall for $130 million - Alexandria Real Estate Equities acquires 260,867 s/f shopping center

NEREJ
JLL Capital Markets has closed the $130 million sale of Watertown Mall, a 260,867 s/f shopping center situated on 17.8 acres. . . . more

Ahold Delhaize USA moves closer to full self-distribution

Supermarket News
At the halfway point of a three-year supply chain transformation, Ahold Delhaize USA expects more than 85% of its distribution network to be self-managed by the close of 2022. . . . more

39% of restaurants can't afford June rent, report finds

Restaurant Dive
Thirty-nine percent of restaurants were unable to cover their rent payment for the month of June, according to a report from Alignable. . . . more

Chipotle drives interest in loyalty program with racing video game

Restaurant Dive
Chipotle is launching a racing video game to celebrate a new update to its loyalty program, per a company press release. The update is called Rewards Exchange and gives members of Chipotle Rewards more options on which to spend their loyalty points. . . . more

Gov. Baker Proposes Waiving Massachusetts Sales Tax For All Of August And September

CSA
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced a proposal that would waive the state’s sales tax for the months of August and September. . . . more

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Giant launches Local Produce Boxes program

Supermarket News
Giant Food has begun selling boxes of locally sourced fruit and vegetables online for on-demand delivery. . . . more

McDonald’s to offer its first national loyalty program

CSA
McDonald’s is getting ready to launch its first-ever national rewards program. . . . more

MAC debuts new retail concept

CSA
MAC Cosmetics’ new travel store concept is designed for busy travelers — and sustainability. . . . more

Big Lots in big category expansion

CSA
Big Lots is doubling down on apparel. . . . more

First Look: The newest Apple store is a stunner

CSA
Apple is opening a store in the historic Tower Theater in downtown Los Angeles. . . . more

Adobe: First day of Prime Day tops Thanksgiving