Monday, October 3, 2022

Shake Shack Vies for Gen Z by Entering Gaming World

QSR
As brands vie for Gen Z’s ever-fleeting attention, Shake Shack is betting on gaming—specifically, one that targets younger generations whose schedules allow for hours spent simulating idyllic lives. . . . more

Yum! is 'Scanning Categories' for a Potential Acquisition

QSR
Yum! Brands, already the biggest restaurant company in the world, is actively "scanning categories" in the M&A market, said CFO Chris Turner at the 13th Annual U.S. All Stars Conference in London. . . . more

3 ways retailers can drive private brand growth

Supermarket News
Retailers report having strong goals over the next two years for their private brand portfolio, with a current average dollar share of 18.2% and an ambitious goal of 22.6% in the next two years, according to a new report from The Food Industry Association (FMI). . . . more

Who needs another subscription service? Walmart is betting its millions of customers do

CNBC Business
Americans have tons of subscriptions. Even with inflation, Walmart thinks they’re willing to pay for one more. . . . more

18 retailers at risk of bankruptcy as consumers tighten wallets in 2022

Retail Dive
Last year was a great one for many if not most in and connected to the retail industry, except for its restructuring experts. (But don’t worry about them — the bankruptcy lawyers and consultants had a sensational 2020.) . . . more

Friday, September 30, 2022

Hoagie restaurant chain to open 10 Capital Region stores

News10
PrimoHoagies, a gourmet Italian specialty sandwich chain, is expanding into New York and the Capital Region. . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond in big Q2 loss as revenue falls 28%

CSA
Bed Bath & Beyond’s struggles continued in its second quarter as the company’s loss widened significantly and sales fell. . . . more

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Peloton to open branded shops inside Dick’s Sporting Goods

CSA
Peloton has entered into its first-ever brick-and-mortar partnership. . . . more

P.F. Chang’s adds subscription tier to loyalty program

Restaurant Dive
P.F. Chang’s is adding a subscription level to its loyalty program, offering customers benefits like free delivery, for $6.99 a month, the company announced Wednesday. . . . more

Aldi store in Brooklyn showcases chain’s value formula

Supermarket News
VP Scott Patton sheds more light on how savings are passed on to shoppers. . . . more

California Pizza Kitchen Enters New Food Segment for National Pizza Month

FSR
In October—designated as National Pizza Month—California Pizza Kitchen will do something it's never done in its nearly 40-year history. And it has nothing to do with the wildly popular Italian dish. . . . more

Survey: Black Friday, Cyber Monday lose luster with holiday shoppers

CSA
The timing of when consumers will do their holiday shopping is shifting from years past. . . . more

Academy Sports + Outdoors continues store expansion

CSA
Academy Sports + Outdoors has expanded its footprint in the Bluegrass State. . . . more

Macy’s enters marketplace competition with Amazon, Walmart, eBay

CSA
A new major player is competing in the third-party online marketplace. . . . more

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Bertucci's in Woburn Has Closed

Boston Restaurant Talk
It looks like another location of a local chain of Italian restaurants has closed, and this is its second outlet north of Boston to shutter over the past few months. . . . more

Barnes & Noble will replace two former Boston-area Amazon Books stores

WCVB
Two Boston-area malls that were abandoned by Amazon earlier this year when the company decided to close all of its brick-and-mortar bookstores will soon become home to Barnes & Noble stores. . . . more

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

COVID Proves No Match for Smashburger's Development Dreams

QSR
Smashburger president Carl Bachmann isn’t the best person to ask how inflationary macroeconomic factors are impacting franchisees. . . . more

Macy’s and Toys ‘R’ Us set to open in-store shops; release toy guide

CSA
Macy’s Inc. and Toys “R” Us are officially launching their partnership in time for the holidays. . . . more

Kelly’s Roast Beef Sets Sights on New Hampshire Expansion

RestaurantNews.com
The Boston-based inventor of the North Shore roast beef sandwich, Kelly’s Roast Beef, is looking to continue expanding in the Northeastern United States with an emphasis on growth in New Hampshire. . . . more

QuikTrip Will Enter Chicago in 2023

CSNews
The convenience retailer is planning to open three stores in the metro area. . . . more

Ollie’s bargain-hunting shoppers push the Pa. retailer’s growth to 457 stores

PennLive
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet president and CEO John Swygert described the last two-and-a-half years as “a total rollercoaster ride.”. . . more

Costco’s top line grows by over $30 billion in fiscal 2022

Supermarket News
Costco Wholesale has followed up one strong fiscal year with another. . . . more

BJ’s opening first store in Indiana

CSA
BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. is continuing its expansion beyond its Northeast U.S. roots into its 18th state of operation. . . . more

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Whole Foods CEO wants to bring back ‘the theater of retail’

Grocery Dive
As Jason Buechel settles into his role as Whole Foods Market’s new chief executive, he is looking to chart the iconic specialty grocer’s future by paying close attention to its past. . . . more

Olive Garden sales fall short, but parent company Darden stands by outlook

CNBC Business
Darden Restaurants on Thursday reported mixed quarterly results but stood by its outlook for fiscal 2023, predicting that inflation will cool in coming quarters. . . . more

Walmart isn’t waiting for Black Friday. It’s ready for holiday shoppers now

CNN Business
Halloween is still a month away, but Walmart is ready for Christmas. . . . more

Multi-Unit Jersey Mike’s Subs Franchisees Adds Teriyaki Madness to Their Portfolio

RestaurantNews.com
Teriyaki Madness, the Seattle-style Teriyaki Shop, is officially bringing its exalted version of teriyaki to Connecticut following a recent signing with multi-unit Jersey Mike’s Subs franchise owners Ken Schanke and Audrey Poynton alongside their restaurant management group Team Meraki. . . . more

It Happens Here: Norwood's 200-year-old Winsmith Mill now a special shopping center

CBS Boston
Norwood may be best known for the Route 1 Automile, first made famous by Ernie Boch senior's catchy commercials. . . . more

Ralph Lauren’s ‘next great chapter’ includes 250 new stores

CSA
Ralph Lauren Corp. has unveiled its new strategic plan, which includes financial targets for the next three years. . . . more

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Claire’s expands partnership with Walmart

CSA
Claire’s is expanding its partnership with the country’s biggest retailer. . . . more

Walgreens to pay $1.4 billion to buy rest of Shields Health; leadership shakeup

CSA
Walgreens Boots Alliance is upping its investment in the fast-growing specialty pharmacy business. . . . more

Investindustrial to buy majority stake in food chain Eataly

Reuters
European private equity firm Investindustrial will buy a majority stake in Eataly to accelerate the upmarket Italian food chain's global expansion, the two companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday. . . . more

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Halloween spending to hit a record $10.6 billion; most popular costume is….

CSA
Consumers are pumped to celebrate Halloween this year. . . . more

Study: Market Basket, Aldi among top grocers for inflationary times

CSA
A nationwide study of the $1 trillion U.S. grocery market reveals which grocers are winning customers as the economy falters. . . . more

Nordstrom adopts one-year ‘poison pill’

CSA
Nordstrom has gone on the offense. . . . more

FunCity Adventure Park to Open at River Pointe Shopping Center in Algonquin, Illinois

REBusiness Online
FunCity Adventure Park has signed a 35,549-square-foot retail lease to open at River Pointe in the northwest Chicago suburb of Algonquin. . . . more

AutoZone’s Q4 income, sales top estimates; store growth continues

CSA
AutoZone closed the books on a strong year, driven by increased momentum in its commercial business. . . . more

JCPenney to roll out beauty shops chainwide

CSA
JCPenney is taking its new expanded beauty concept nationwide. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods opening more Public Lands’ stores

CSA
Dicks’s Sporting Goods is more than doubling its Public Lands’ store portfolio. . . . more

Monday, September 19, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

How to Choose the Right Cloud Strategy for Your Restaurant

QSR
Scaling a business takes motivation and effort, but it also takes careful planning. . . . more

Wegmans ends self-checkout app after too much shoplifting

CNN Business
In 2019, Wegmans, the cult-favorite northeastern grocery chain, rolled out a new mobile app that allowed customers to scan, bag and pay for groceries while they shopped and then skip the checkout line altogether. . . . more

Kanye West tells Gap he’s ending partnership; will open his own stores

CSA
Kanye West’s two-year collaboration with Gap Inc. is apparently over. . . . more

3 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Massachusetts appear on closing list

CBS Boston
Three Bed Bath & Beyond locations in Massachusetts appear on a "store closings" list posted to the struggling retailer's website. . . . more

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Why is Family Dollar hacking at its prices amid inflation?

Retail Dive
Last fall, Dollar Tree broke from decades of tradition with a new price point, the $1.25 tag, after a generation as a true dollar store. . . . more

Consumers buying more store brands amid rising prices

CSA
As consumers reduce purchasing amid higher prices, two categories remain largely unaffected. . . . more

Founder of Patagonia gives the company away

CSA
As outdoor apparel and gear company Patagonia kicks off its next 50 years, its founder and owner, Yvon Chouinard, and his family have made an unusual decision. . . . more

Monday, September 12, 2022

Mastercard: Retail sales heat up in August, look good for holidays

CSA
In-store and online U.S. retail sales climbed in August, and the holiday forecast is cheery despite inflation. . . . more

Kroger releases new budget private label line

CSA
America’s largest grocery retailer is revamping its private label branding strategy. . . . more

Burger King to pour $400M into advertising, restaurant remodels, app improvements over 2 years

Fox Business
Burger King is planning to invest more than $400 million over two years in advertising, restaurant enhancements and remodels and to support tech and digital improvements. . . . more

Target's ace CEO isn't leaving anytime soon

CNN Business
Target chief Brian Cornell — who led a major comeback at the retail chain — will stay on the job for three more years, the company announced Wednesday. . . . more

Popshelf Opens 8th Dallas-Area Store in 2022

Connect CRE
A fast-growing retail concept, Popshelf, has opened its eighth location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, in the last 8 months alone. . . . more

Batteries Plus Sets the Mark for Franchise Expansion through Organic Growth

PR Newswire
Batteries Plus, the nation's largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and phone repair franchise, has enjoyed a tremendous degree of system-wide growth over the course of the past couple of years. . . . more

Retail is back: Empty space now below pre-Covid levels

The Real Deal
As the office market continues to struggle with vacancies, retail has bucked the trend. . . . more

Friday, September 9, 2022

JCPenney applies AI, AR to skincare

CSA
JCPenney is partnering with a digital branding company to offer artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) beauty experiences. . . . more

The Secrets to Noodles & Company’s Growth Momentum

RestaurantNews.com
Noodles & Company, the national fast-casual chain known for spreading Uncommon Goodness with its globally inspired noodle bowls, best-in-class service, and values-centric culture, has seen strong sales and unit growth in recent years. . . . more

Betsy Hamm, Duck Donuts CEO, on the keys to transitioning from emerging to mid-sized brand

NRN
In 2021, Mechanicsburg, Penn.-based Duck Donuts went through a transitionary phase: The company was bought by private equity firm NewSpring, founder Russ DiGilio retired, and former COO Betsy Hamm was named CEO of the company. . . . more

As it burns through cash, GameStop says it’s ready to start thinking about profits again

Retail Dive
GameStop’s net loss in the second quarter widened by more than 75% from a year ago to $108.7 million. Sales, at roughly $1.1 billion, fell slightly from last year. . . . more

Lowe’s expands same-day delivery nationwide

CSA
Lowe’s Companies Inc. is taking its partnership with a well-known online delivery platform beyond a pilot. . . . more

Bloomingdale’s marks milestone with virtual store

CSA
Bloomingdale’s is celebrating its 150th anniversary with some cutting-edge technology. . . . more

Survey: Consumers have high holiday shipping expectations

CSA
The desire for quick delivery is re-emerging among consumers as the holiday shopping season begins. . . . more

Thursday, September 8, 2022

KeyPoint Negotiates 21,842 SF Lease for Ski Haus at Former Woburn AC Moore

The Real Reporter
KeyPoint Partners negotiated a 21,842 SF lease with Ski Haus at Main Street Shopping Center in Woburn, MA. Keypoint’s Vice President of Retail Brokerage, Don Mace negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord. . . . more

Owners plan to demolish iconic music venue Middle East in Cambridge, build 6-story hotel

CBS Boston
When night falls in funky Central Square, the moon shines, and the music spills out of the famed Middle East. . . . more

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Vision of a Post-COVID Era Emerges for Restaurants

QSR
In the second quarter, Texas Roadhouse watched its comp sales bump close to 10 percent in April and May (8.7 and 9.6 percent, respectively) before softening to 5.2 percent in June. . . . more

Pet care remains buoyant as consumers cling to premium brands

Supermarket News
Momentum has stayed strong from the surge in pet adoption during the pandemic that boosted the category, said Shep Kroner, director of customer insight for UNFI Brands+, the private-label division of Providence, R.I.-based distributor United Natural Foods Inc. . . . more

Teriyaki Madness Closing Out Summer With 91 New Franchise Locations Sold Among 27 New Franchisees

RestaurantNews.com
Makin’ moves in 2022! Teriyaki Madness, the Seattle-style Teriyaki Shop franchise, is midway through the third quarter of the year and already achieved 91 new units sold among 27 new franchisees as it continues to provide its signature teriyaki bowls to a loyal and growing fanbase. . . . more

Fast Casual Breakfast Concept, Effin Egg, Opens First NYC Location

RestaurantNews.com
On September 8th, grab & go breakfast joint, Effin Egg, is opening their first-ever New York location (following others in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee). . . . more

6 Express Edit stores to open in the next 90 days

Retail Dive
Express will open six Express Edit stores in the next 90 days, according to CEO Tim Baxter. . . . more

Big Lots opens Disney pop-ups

CSA
Big Lots has entered into a limited-time partnership with The Walt Disney Company. . . . more

Meijer to launch new store concept

CSA
Meijer is expanding its brick-and-mortar footprint with its first new format since 2018. . . . more

Friday, September 2, 2022

Au Bon Pain Eyes Growth-Ready Future Under New Leadership

QSR
When Ericka Garza became president of Au Bon Pain last year, she knew what the first question from operators would be—what are you bringing to the table that’s unique? . . . more

Sales up sharply for chicken — in store and online

Supermarket News
Despite price hikes, greater consumer interest in a wider variety of proteins, and supply shortages resulting in store out-of-stocks, dollar sales for chicken are up sharply, with relatively small volume decreases. . . . more

Baja Fresh makes plant-based items permanent

Restaurant Dive
Baja Fresh has made its Impossible Meat Made From Plants items, which it initially launched last July, permanent additions to its menu nationwide, the company said Wednesday. . . . more

Retailers take expensive measures to clear inventory ahead of peak season

CSA
With consumer demand cooling, retailers have shifted from scrambling to secure supply to aggressively clearing excess inventory. . . . more

Amazon opens second cashierless grocery store in Chevy Chase

CSA
The newest Amazon Fresh high-tech grocery store features frictionless shopping. . . . more

American Eagle, Finish Line accept Cash App Pay online

CSA
A number of enterprise retailers are now taking a newly-available form of mobile e-commerce payment. . . . more

Starbucks names its next CEO

CSA
Starbucks has found its next chief executive — and he’s not a local guy. . . . more

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Roche Bros. locks in prices for 70th anniversary

Supermarket News
Roche Bros. Supermarkets is marking its 70th anniversary by locking down prices on hundreds of items. . . . more

Blaze Pizza Expanding in Georgia and Headed to Maine

QSR
Blaze Pizza announced the signing of new multi-unit franchise agreements to broaden the brand’s presence across the South and Northeast. . . . more

Is a Golden Era of Fast Food Upon Us?

QSR
Don’t look now, but the big are getting bigger. Of the top 10 chains in the QSR 50 report, only two—McDonald’s and Subway—saw their unit count drop from 2020 to 2021, while the other eight added 1,116 units, or roughly the size of the entire 47-state Firehouse Subs enterprise. . . . more

Walmart-owned Sam’s Club raises annual membership fee for the first time in nine years

CNBC Business
Walmart-owned Sam’s Club said Wednesday it will raise its annual fees this fall, as the warehouse club’s membership hovers at a record high and inflation-pinched shoppers seek deals on bulk items. . . . more

What Walmart and Target’s performance told us about retail for the rest of 2022

Retail Dive
Few retailers have as wide and deep a view into the American consumer as Walmart and Target. . . . more

Pet Supplies Plus unifies commerce across channels

CSA
The largest independent pet retailer in North America is streamlining payments online and in-store for its franchised and corporate locations. . . . more

Chico’s reports record Q2 earnings per share; revenue up 18%

CSA
Chico’s reports record Q2 earnings per share; revenue up 18%. . . . more

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

People returning to offices are still buying breakfast even as they cut back on other things

CNBC Business
Consumers may be dining out less, but breakfast sales are holding steady as people return to offices and grab a quick bite or iced coffee on the way to work. . . . more

Burlington falls behind off-price rivals in Q2 as lower-income households feel inflation’s pinch

Retail Dive
Under the cloud that inflation has cast over the financial stability of lower-income households, off-price retailers in recent days posted Q2 reports riddled with uncertainty over the second half of the year, and Burlington was especially hard hit. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers in-person resale events

CSA
Dick’s Sporting Goods is partnering with an online sporting goods marketplace to trade gift cards for used sports gear. . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond closing 150 stores, laying off 20% of staff

CBS Boston
Bed Bath & Beyond announced Wednesday it plans to close dozens of stores and lay off 20% of staff. . . . more

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

SoulCycle plans to close 25% of studios

CBS Boston
In the coming days, Soul Cycle plans to close about a quarter of its locations - and that could include spots in the Boston area. . . . more

Panera pilots AI at the drive-thru

CSA
Panera Bread’s latest technology innovation is artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced drive-thru ordering. . . . more

Retailers offer more pre-Labor Day sales due to excess inventory

Fox Business
Retailers will typically offer sales around Labor Day to get stores ready for the pivotal holiday season. . . . more

Best Buy’s quarterly sales drop, as inflation-weary consumers pull back on spending

CNBC Business
Best Buy on Tuesday said sales dropped by about 13% in the second fiscal quarter, as the retailer felt a pullback from inflation-weary shoppers. . . . more

Stop & Shop locks in savings for shoppers

Supermarket News
Amid still-elevated food price inflation, Stop & Shop has launched a program to give customers more time to save. . . . more

Alex and Ani has $17.5M loan as it seeks growth after bankruptcy

Retail Dive
Jewelry retailer Alex and Ani has a new $17.5 million loan to fund its working capital needs and operations following last year’s restructuring in Chapter 11. . . . more

Is Dillard’s setting the pace for mid-tier department stores?

Retail Dive
As Macy’s, Kohl’s and J.C. Penney grapple with what success means for a mid-tier department store in the 21st century — fending off activist investors, taking on new owners or announcing new strategies — Southern department store chain Dillard’s quietly plugs along. . . . more

Monday, August 29, 2022

‘National Cinema Day’ to offer $3 movie tickets for one day

CNBC News
or one day, movie tickets will be just $3 in the vast majority of American theaters as part of a newly launched “National Cinema Day” to lure moviegoers during a quiet spell at the box office. . . . more

La-Z-Boy reports record FY 2023 first-quarter results

The Monroe News
Monroe-based La-Z-Boy Inc. recently reported record-setting first-quarter results for the quarter that ended July 30, 2022. . . . more

Deli meat and cheese primed for bigger slice

Supermarket News
This fall, life is expected to be close to normal for workers and schoolchildren as the number of people attending work or school virtually has plummeted since the pandemic reared its ugly head. . . . more

Victoria’s Secret Q2 sales tumble as shoppers curtail store visits

Retail Dive
With some strength in its core merchandise but weaker sales in other apparel, Victoria’s Secret Q2 net sales fell 6% year over year to $1.5 billion, as comps fell 8%, the lingerie maker said Wednesday. . . . more

Bloomingdale’s opening second store under 'Bloomie’s' banner

CSA
Bloomingdale’s is closing a traditional store as it opens its newest concept at a shopping center in Chicagoland. . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond sets date to reveal comeback strategy

CSA
Bed Bath & Beyond is getting set to discuss its next chapter. . . . more

Consumer demand boosts Ulta Beauty as Q2 revenue, income, comp sales jump

CSA
Citing the “resilience” of the beauty category, Ulta Beauty delivered a strong second quarter and lifted its full-year outlook at a time when many retailers are doing the opposite. . . . more

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Tractor Supply Company to open 10th distribution center

CSA
Tractor Supply Company is breaking ground on a new supply chain facility in Arkansas. . . . more

Dollar General posts strong Q2, upbeat guidance; taps CFO to head global expansion

CSA
Dollar General Corp. reported a strong second quarter with top- and bottom-line growth, and also raised its full-year sales outlook, as it withstood inflation challenges and economic uncertainty. . . . more

Stop & Shop makes health top of mind in store upgrade

Supermarket News
Stop & Shop has updated a store in Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood to focus on community health and well-being. . . . more

Bath & Body Works launches nationwide loyalty program, app

Retail Dive
Bath & Body Works on Monday announced the nationwide launch of its loyalty program, dubbed My Bath & Body Works Rewards, according to a company press release. . . . more

As others battle inflation, Dick’s says its shopper is ‘holding up very well’

Retail Dive
While other retailers are struggling to manage inventory and inflation, Dick’s isn’t particularly worried about either.  . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond snags a much-needed loan: WSJ

Retail Dive
Bed Bath & Beyond has found a lender to help boost its cash as it tries to stabilize its finances, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cited anonymous sources. . . . more

Staples, Office Depot partner with Instacart on large item delivery

CSA
A number of prominent retailers are among the first clients of a new Instacart service aimed at fulfilling online orders for big products. . . . more

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

This high-tech coffee shop wants to rival Dunkin’ and Starbucks in Boston

Boston Globe
There’s a new, high-tech coffee shop about to open multiple stores in Boston — and its founders think they can replace your morning coffee routine. . . . more

DraftKings goes Live! with its first gaming and dining establishment

CSA
Live! Hospitality & Entertainment, the company that’s brought 100,000 sq. ft. casinos to malls, is now bringing an online sports gaming brand into a mall with a 10,000-sq.-ft. bar and restaurant. . . . more

Regal Cinemas owner promises 'business as usual' amid bankruptcy talk

CBS News
The owner of Regal Cinemas confirmed Monday that it was considering filing for bankruptcy but promised "business as usual" at it tries to shore up its finances. . . . more

Paris Baguette Continues To Dominate the Bakery Franchise Industry; Inks Nearly 72 New Deals Since Start of 2022

RestaurantNews.com
Paris Baguette, the bakery café concept with 4,000 units worldwide, has seen significant growth in the first half of 2022. . . . more

KeyPoint Partners Negotiates Red Cross Lease in Kingston, MA

Boston Real Estate Time
KeyPoint Partners negotiated a lease with American Red Cross for a 5,001 square foot space at Summer Hill Plaza in Kingston, MA. Vice Presidents of Retail Brokerage Don Mace and Rob Grady negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord. . . . more

Friday, August 19, 2022

Walmart+ adds Paramount+ to roster of benefits

Supermarket News
Walmart+ shoppers can soon tune in to “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” while putting away their groceries. . . . more

Taco Bell pilots its own plant-based protein option

Restaurant Dive
Taco Bell is testing a proprietary plant-based protein with its new Crispy Melt Taco in the Birmingham, Alabama, area, the company announced Thursday. . . . more

Target takes 87% hit to operating profit as it resets inventory

Retail Dive
Target’s sales and earnings in the second quarter fell short of analyst estimates even after the retailer warned that it was rightsizing inventory in the face of flagging demand and refocusing around its best-selling categories. . . . more

Beyond Yoga to open its first permanent store

Retail Dive
Following its 2021 acquisition by Levi Strauss & Co., Beyond Yoga is opening its first brick-and-mortar store by the end of this year, the company announced on Thursday. . . . more

Kohl’s adding in-store Sephora shops at all locations

CSA
Kohl’s Corp. is expanding its partnership with beauty giant Sephora. . . . more

Staples targets back-to-school shoppers with its app

CSA
Staples is turning its mobile app into a single point of access for all of its back-to-school deals and special offers. . . . more

Check out Wendy’s ‘next gen’ restaurant design

CSA
The Wendy’s Company is combining innovative design and digital technology in its new restaurant design. . . . more

Monday, August 15, 2022

Contactless Payments Pave the Path Forward

CSA
Contactless payments are becoming mainstream in the convenience store industry, as more retailers upgrade to offer the service. . . . more

Office Depot adds on-demand delivery option timed for back-to-school

CSA
Parents and students have a new way to quickly receive online orders from Office Depot. . . . more

Simon names new treasurer

CSA
Donald G. Frey has been made an executive VP at Simon and named treasurer of the nation’s premier mall operator. . . . more

Yesway opens concept store for college kids

CSA
Students at a major Southwest university will have a new convenience shopping option this fall. . . . more

The Quiznos of Tomorrow Has Arrived

QSR
Quiznos is familiar with being an industry disruptor, says Brent Phillip, vice president of marketing and digital experience for parent REGO Restaurant Group. . . . more

Panera Brands names new CFO

CSA
Panera Brands Inc. has named a new finance head. . . . more

Meet the New Scalable Franchise Model from Pet Wants

1851Franchise.com
Founded more than a decade ago, Pet Wants, the only national provider of pet food freshly delivered to customers, has become a household name for pet owners and franchise professionals across the U.S. . . . more

Friday, August 12, 2022

Potbelly Has a Plan to Streamline Kitchen Operations

QSR
After spending 18 months elevating its consumer-facing tech stack with a new website and app, Potbelly is turning its attention toward streamlining back of house. . . . more

Dutch Bros. on track for 130 new stores in 2022; Q2 revenue jumps

CSA
Dutch Bros Inc. isn’t pulling back on its expansion. . . . more

BP expands its ampm convenience store brand to East Coast

CSA
There’s a new player moving into the already competitive East Coast convenience store market. . . . more

MA Sales Tax Holiday 2022: What To Know

Patch
For the most part, you won't pay full price on anything this weekend in Massachusetts. . . . more

Warby Parker remains committed to store expansion; cuts guidance

CSA
Warby Parker’s loss widened in the second quarter amid increased expenses. . . . more

Sears Holdings reaches $175M settlement with Lampert and company

Retail Dive
After nearly four years in bankruptcy, Sears Holdings and its one-time creditors said they have reached a settlement with its former CEO and majority owner Eddie Lampert and other investors. . . . more

Petco reorganizes leadership team, names new COO

Retail Dive
In a number of leadership announcements, Petco said on Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer and President of Services Mike Nuzzo will exit his position after more than seven years with the company, according to a press release. . . . more

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Online grocery sales increased 17% in July

Supermarket Dive
Online grocery sales in the U.S. increased 17% in July year over year, to $7.8 billion, as inflation and COVID-19 anxieties continue to drive increases in the channel, according to the latest monthly e-commerce report from Brick Meets Click and Mercatus. . . . more

Whole Foods co-founder plans to launch vegetarian restaurant chain

Restaurant Dive
John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods Market, plans to build a plant-based restaurant chain. . . . more

Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. net sales climb 7.7% in Q2

Supermarket News
Global food retailer Ahold Delhaize built on a solid start to fiscal 2022 in its U.S. business with strong net, comparable and online sales growth for the second quarter. . . . more

Primark continues expansion into new states; announces price freeze

CSA
Primark has signed three new leases, bringing it into two states, as it continues to slowly but steadily grow its U.S. footprint. . . . more

The 25 fastest-growing retailers are …

CSA
Harbor Freight Tools led an annual listing of the fastest-growing retail companies. . . . more

Placer.ai: What top malls are doing to win traffic

CSA
Malls are dying?  Not the ones that succeed in turning themselves into “The Third Place.” . . . more

Ace Hardware continues store, distribution center expansion

CSA
Ace Hardware continues to grow its portfolio. . . . more

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Westside Pizza focuses on fresh food, franchising

Pizza Marketplace.com
Westside Pizza is a regional chain with 38 stores. . . . more

QDOBA to be Purchased by Parent of Modern Market Eatery

QSR
Butterfly Equity, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced Tuesday an agreement to purchase QDOBA, the country's largest franchisor in the Mexican fast casual segment. . . . more

First Look: Abercrombie & Fitch debuts new store format

CSA
Abercrombie & Fitch has unveiled a new store experience inspired by how customers feel before a long weekend. . . . more

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Aldi leads in private-label volume, growth

Supermarket News
It will come as no surprise that four of the top five private brands are found in retail giant Walmart’s portfolio, but when it comes to leading private-label share in volume and growth, nobody beats small-format discount grocer Aldi. . . . more

Altitude Trampoline Park Fast-tracks Growth With Three New Park Openings in 10 Days

Franchising.com
Altitude Trampoline Park, one of the world’s largest family entertainment brands with more than 85 parks open or in development, recently opened three new locations in just 10 days. . . . more

Fat Brands plans to open 900 new restaurants in 5 years

Restaurant Dive
Fat Brands plans to add 900 units over the next five years, the company confirmed in an email to Restaurant Dive. . . . more

Report: Mall giant sees no downturn in store openings

CSA
Inflation worries aren’t stopping retailers from opening new stores. . . . more

Dockside Restaurant in Wakefield Is Becoming Floramo's

NBC 10 Boston
Last month, it was reported that the owner of a beloved spot for steak tips and ribs was taking over the kitchen of a restaurant in the northern suburbs, and now we have learned that the kitchen isn't the only thing changing. . . . more

Monday, August 1, 2022

Chipotle on track to reach $3.5B in digital sales in 2022

Restaurant Dive
Chipotle’s digital sales are expected to reach $3.5 billion by the end of the year, CEO Brian Niccol said Tuesday during the company’s second quarter earnings call. In 2021, digital sales were worth $3.4 billion.  . . . more

This is the last Sears for hundreds of miles. What can it tell us about the state of malls?

Retail Dive
Let’s say you’ve been tasked with explaining what a traditional shopping mall is to someone from the distant past, or distant future, who has stumbled into our timeline. . . . more

Friday, July 29, 2022

Analysts: McDonald's McPlant Test Ends on Low Note

CSA
McDonald's completed its test of the McPlant, without any announcement of a future national rollout. . . . more

Chipotle plans 4% menu increase in August

Retail Dive
Chipotle plans to increase menu prices in August by about 4% to help offset inflation, especially from dairy, tortillas and packaging, as well as from additional wage pressures around the country, CFO Jack Hartung said Tuesday during the company’s second quarter earnings call. . . . more

Best Buy the latest to warn of sales, profit declines

Retail Dive
Best Buy on Wednesday joined other retailers in lowering its guidance in key metrics, saying that demand for electronics has tempered. . . . more

Olympia Sports to close all its stores

CSA
Liquidation sales have begun at Olympia Sports. . . . more

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Will Macy’s off-mall bet pay off?

Retail Dive
n a sign that Macy’s may be realizing that its massive, mall-based operation isn’t working so well anymore — if it ever did — the department store last week said that it’s speeding up the development of a fleet of small-format stores located away from traditional enclosed malls. . . . more

Nordstrom Rack expanding in two states

CSA
Nordstrom is expanding the footprint of its off-price banner, Nordstrom Rack. . . . more

Old Navy makes big price promise

CSA
Old Navy is making a pitch to inflation-weary consumers just in time for back-to-school shopping. . . . more

Dick’s Sporting Goods goes back to school – on Roblox

CSA
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. is partnering with a popular digital gaming platform for its new back-to-school promotion. . . . more

Giant Food to offer reusable packaging option

CSA
Giant Food will provide durable, reusable containers at select stores in the Washington, D.C. metro area starting in fall 2022. . . . more

Best Buy unveils small-format, ‘digital-first’ store

CSA
Best Buy has opened its first-ever, small-format digitally focused store as part of its test of new store models. . . . more

The Little Gym Hits the Growth Trail as Top Franchise

Franchising.com
The Little Gym is primed for supercharged franchise expansion as the world's premier enrichment and physical development center for children ages four months through 12, having signed nearly 20 new franchise agreements in the first half of 2022. . . . more

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Lids opening new store concept with 12 locations — here’s where

CSA
Lids is tapping into the lucrative college sports market. . . . more

Target building new new delivery centers for faster, more efficient shipping

CSA
Target Corp. continues to expand its regional delivery, or sortation, center model that streamlines the process of fulfilling digital orders. . . . more

What do drive-thru customers want?

CSA
A new consumer survey indicates ways retailers can make the drive-thru experience more satisfying for customers. . . . more

Eddie Bauer jumping into resale

CSA
Eddie Bauer is the latest retailer to expand into the growing resale market. . . . more

Gucci says ciao to Ohio

CSA
San Francisco? Check. Boston? Check. Honolulu? Check. Fifth Avenue? Check. Columbus? . . . more

David’s Bridal launches shoppable TikTok campaign

CSA
The nation’s largest bridal retailer continues to expand its omnichannel capabilities with commerce-driven content on TikTok. . . . more

Former mall in Taunton may become a FedEx hub

Boston Globe
An arm of Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is looking to build a 560,000-square-foot distribution center at the site of the former Silver City Galleria in Taunton, according to documentation filed with the city. . . . more

Monday, July 25, 2022

Why Auntie Anne’s wants to become a drive-thru destination

Restaurant Dive
Auntie Anne’s has long been an impulse buy for customers who smell its pretzels baking and can’t resist. . . . more

Amazon Fresh debuts first Northeast stores as openings accelerate

Grocery Dive
Amazon Fresh opened its first stores in New York and New Jersey in recent days, inaugurating a new regional front in the rapid expansion of the fledgling grocery brand. . . . more

Macy’s to close a full-line store in St. Louis amid small-format expansion

Retail Dive
Macy’s continues to inch away from the mall, in what it says is an acceleration of its off-mall, small-format brick-and-mortar strategy, with the opening of three “Market by Macy’s” locations and one off-price Backstage location. . . . more

Yeezy Gap collection now available at NYC flagship store

Retail Dive
Taking its first step into physical retail, Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga products are now available for purchase at Gap’s Times Square flagship location in New York City, according to an emailed press release. . . . more

Ames’s old headquarters site will become a mixed-use property

CSA
More than 15 years after Ames Department Stores and its well-known CEO Joe Ettore closed shop and exited their Connecticut headquarters, the building will finally be torn down. . . . more

As more coupons move online, older and low-income shoppers get left out

WCVB
Susie Ingram has been a coupon-clipper all her life. . . . more

Placer.ai: Discount and dollar stores lead the way in Q2 foot traffic

SOURCE
Concerns about inflation are taking a toll on some retailers — with some notable exceptions. . . . more

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Harvard Book Store opening 2nd location in Prudential Center, replacing Barnes & Noble

CBS Boston
The Pru is getting a new bookstore, following the closure of Barnes & Noble last month. . . . more

Perishables dollar sales rise, unit volume falls in June

Supermarket News
For grocery shoppers lately, the case has been no different in fresh foods than other store departments: Prices are high. . . . more

Ross opens 29 stores in 2 months

Retail Dive
Ross opened 29 new store locations in June and July, according to a company press release. . . . more

Rite Aid provides access to COVID-19 molecular testing

CSA
Rite Aid Corp. is entering a new partnership to offer COVID-19 molecular tests at stores across the country. . . . more

Exclusive: Michaels improves personalization via email program

CSA
A leading North American specialty arts & crafts retailer is successfully reactivating customer email addresses for marketing purposes. . . . more

California Pizza Kitchen moves into Canada

CSA
Two years ago, California Pizza Kitchen filed for bankruptcy in the midst of COVID-19 shutdowns. Today it is back on the expansion trail. . . . more

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Toys 'R' Us is coming back - inside Macy's stores

CBS Boston
Once left for dead, Toys "R" Us is making a major comeback. The toy store brand will be just about everywhere for the holidays. . . . more

Monday, July 18, 2022

Back-to-school spending set to be an all-time high, amid inflation concerns: report

Retail Dive
Even with inflation running amok, back-to-school spending might reach an all-time high this season, according to a new report from Deloitte. . . . more

Nike debuts new store concept with Nike Style

Retail Dive
Nike on Friday opened its latest store concept, Nike Style, in Seoul, South Korea. . . . more

Friday, July 15, 2022

Phase 2 of big New Hampshire mixed-use project opens

CSA
Tuscan Village, the 170-acre mixed-use project on the former site of Rockingham Park Race Track north of Boston, is about to open Mass General Brigham’s first medical center in New Hampshire. . . . more

Wow Bao to open 50 vending machine kiosks in 24 cities

Supermarket News
Wow Bao will open 50 kiosks in 24 cities through a partnership with Automated Retail Technologies and its Just Baked Hot Food kiosks, Wow Bao wrote in an email to Restaurant Dive on Tuesday. . . . more

June food-at-home prices jump over 12%

Supermarket News
Elevated food and fuel inflation lifted the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to 40-year highs in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). . . . more

TikTok creates program for small businesses

Retail Dive
Joining other social platforms in releasing tools for small businesses, TikTok has created Follow Me, a six-week educational program from July 11 to Aug. 19 for small and midsize companies seeking to increase sales using the platform, according to a Monday announcement. . . . more

Dollar General CEO to retire

Retail Dive
Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos plans to retire from his role on Nov. 1 after roughly 14 years with the retailer, according to a press release issued Tuesday. . . . more

Virtual experiences impact consumer purchase decisions, but tech adoption is low: report

Retail Dive
A majority of U.S. consumers who used augmented reality features to try on or test products say it influenced their purchase decision, according to a report by Forrester shared with Retail Dive. . . . more

Leslie’s expands national retail footprint

CSA
It’s been a busy summer so far for Leslie’s. . . . more

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

McDonald’s Keeps Driving Traffic to its App

QSR
The top 10 quick-service restaurant apps in the U.S. were downloaded 10.4 million times in June, 3.7 percent less than those the month prior. . . . more

Starbucks unveils ‘reinvention’ plan, hikes wages

Restaurant Dive
Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz laid out a framework Monday for the “reinvention” of the company in a letter to employees. . . . more

Bath & Body Works changes return policy

Retail Dive
Bath & Body Works is enacting some changes with its return policy, all of which will go into effect Sept. 14, according to a company announcement. . . . more

Custom golf club fitter Club Champion opens Manhattan flagship

CSA
Club Champion is expanding its retail footprint. . . . more

Kohl’s rolling out new store experience

CSA
Kohl's Corp. is launching new merchandising initiatives in-store and online. . . . more

Monday, July 11, 2022

Walmart won’t directly challenge Prime Day

CSA
Walmart is apparently passing on countering Amazon’s Prime Day sales extravaganza this year. . . . more

Trader Joe’s workers to vote on whether to unionize

Grocery Dive
Workers at a Trader Joe’s location in Hadley, Massachusetts, plan to vote on whether to unionize on July 27 and July 28, according to a Tuesday tweet by Trader Joe’s United, the group seeking to organize workers at the store. . . . more

Costco sales up 20.4% in June

CSA
Costco Wholesale Corp. maintained its momentum in June with big increases in total sales and comparable sales — helped by higher gas prices. . . . more

Duck Donuts signs 13 franchise agreements, including 5 multi-unit deals during Q2

NRN
Duck Donuts, known for its Warm, Delicious and Made-to-Order! ® donuts, keeps its 2022 growth momentum strong with the signing of 13 franchise agreements for 19 shops during the second quarter. . . . more

Athleta to open 30-40 stores; entering outlet sector

CSA
Athleta is growing its retail footprint and also entering a new sales channel. . . . more

Plans underway to revamp Brighton Whole Foods site

BBJ
A proposal for a Whole Foods Market-anchored project with 229 housing units in Brighton is moving through the city’s permitting process nearly four years after plans were first filed. . . . more

Three former Lord & Taylor stores to be made into labs

BBJ
Three former Lord & Taylor department stores in Boston-area malls will be converted into life sciences facilities by their owner, which announced the move on Friday. . . . more

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

LensCrafters opens tech-focused flagship

CSA
LensCrafters is doubling down on technology to improve the customer experience. . . . more

CVS Health drops out of National Association of Chain Drug Stores

CSA
CVS Health has pulled out of the National Association for Chain Drug Stores. . . . more

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Subway to give away free sandwiches, as the franchise launches new menu

Yahoo! News
Free Subway sandwich? Yes, please. . . . more

C-Stores Look to Threaten Restaurant Share Once Again

QSR
The notion C-stores would knock on the door of quick-service market share isn’t a new one. . . . more

Chick-fil-A dominates restaurant satisfaction rankings

CSA
One chain continues to dominate customer satisfaction in the restaurant industry. . . . more

At Home continues to add more stores

CSA
At Home was busy in June. . . . more

Kohl’s no longer for sale

CSA
Kohl’s Corp. has taken down the “for sale” sign. . . . more

H&M Firing on All Cylinders

Sourcing Journal
H&M Group’s second-quarter net sales increased by 17 percent to 54.5 billion Swedish kronor ($5.3 billion) from $46.5 billion ($4.6 billion) in the prior-year period, even after temporarily shuttering operations in Russia, one of its top markets. . . . more

Friday, July 1, 2022

Some Boston-Area Malls Have Recovered, But Many Are Still Fighting For Their Lives

BISNOW
Like many suburban towns in the 1970s and '80s, North Attleborough became the home of a shopping mall that would put it on the map. . . . more

Bed Bath & Beyond says it’s still open to selling its Buybuy Baby division

CNBC Business
As Bed Bath & Beyond shakes up its leadership suite and ousts its CEO, the retailer said Wednesday it remains open to another big change: A potential sale of its baby gear chain, Buybuy Baby. . . . more

Kohl’s ends sale talks with Franchise Group, lowers outlook

CNBC Business
Kohl’s announced Friday that it is terminating talks to sell its business, saying that retail environment has significantly deteriorated since the beginning of its bidding process. . . . more

Tuscan Village welcomes Mass. General Brigham and The Container Store this fall

NEREJ
New Tuscan Village tenants include New Hampshire’s first The Container Store slated for this holiday season, Nike, Chick-Fil-A, T-Mobile and Xfinity, Crumbl Cookies, and Bennett’s Sandwich Shop. . . . more

Mici Italian Unveils Rebranded Store Design

QSR
Mici Italian, Denver’s family-owned destination for pizza, pasta, salads and more, has rebranded in partnership with Denver-based branding experts Wunder Werkz. . . . more

Price Chopper links production planning to in-store data

CSA
A Northeast grocery chain is centralizing its planning capabilities for food production. . . . more

Lucci’s To Close After 66 Years, Sold To McKinnon’s Supermarkets; Gradual Transition Will Lead To Grand Opening In Mid-July

Wilmington Apple
McKinnon’s Supermarkets and Lucci’s Market are pleased to announce that McKinnon’s has purchased the Lucci’s business and will operate under the McKinnon’s Supermarkets banner. . . . more

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Target completes 1,000th store remodel — here’s what it means

CSA
Target Corp. has hit an important milestone in its ongoing effort to update its store and customer experience. . . . more

Sweetgreen launches digital feature to reward customers for meeting goals

Restaurant Dive
Sweetgreen on Monday added Rewards and Challenges, a digital experience within its app and website that offers customers rewards for meeting challenges the company sets, the company said in a press release. . . . more

Qdoba launches first virtual brand

Restaurant Dive
Qdoba is launching its first virtual brand, Pure Gold by Qdoba, which is only available on third-party apps, the company said Tuesday. . . . more

Chipotle Wants to be Clear: It Isn’t Opening Drive-Thrus

QSR
Chipotle’s digital order-ahead pickup windows are far from a case study at this point. . . . more

Kelly’s Roast Beef Plans Growth in Florida, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire

QSR
Since 1951, Kelly’s Roast Beef has been a household name in Boston and throughout the Northeast. . . . more

Giant Co. continues Philadelphia expansion

CSA
The Giant Company is adding to its presence in Philadelphia. . . . more

Five (very) early holiday shopping predictions from Salesforce

CSA
Physical stores will drive growth across all channels during the 2022 holiday shopping season. . . . more

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

New Hampshire liquor stores limit hours amid workforce crunch

WMUR9
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is temporarily adjusting store hours at some locations because of staffing shortages. . . . more

Amazon to offer new in-store perk for Prime members

CSA
Members of the Amazon Prime paid loyalty program will soon have another exclusive discount. . . . more

New Skechers store is its largest yet on the East Coast

CSA
Skechers has gone big in New Jersey. . . . more

Friday, June 24, 2022

Common Craft opens at Burlington Mall

NEREJ
According to the Burlington Mall, a Simon center, Common Craft, a first-of-kind dining venue has opened. . . . more

Wawa Will Grow in Central Pennsylvania

CSP
Wawa Inc. plans to further expand its footprint in central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, the company said. . . . more

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Chicken Salad Chick inks franchise deals as it targets 500 units by 2025

Restaurant Dive
Chicken Salad Chick has ramped up development across Texas, signing two franchise agreements that will bring 16 new restaurants, with eight designated for Austin and another eight for San Antonio over the next few years, according to a press release. . . . more

Little Caesars' Development Journey Takes Aggressive Turn

QSR
Even though Little Caesars has a presence in all 50 states, Craig Sherwood, vice president of U.S. development, says there’s plenty of whitespace ripe for expansion—to the tune of more than 1,000 locations in the next five to 10 years. . . . more

Olive Garden’s parent company Darden beats earnings estimates as sales jump

CNBC Business
Darden Restaurants’ quarterly earnings and revenue beat analysts’ expectations, shaking off inflationary pressures as diners returned to LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. . . . more

Chipotle restaurant in Maine files petition for union election

CNBC Business
A Chipotle Mexican Grill location in Augusta, Maine, filed a petition for a union election on Wednesday, becoming the first of the burrito chain’s restaurants to join the recent organizing push sweeping across the nation. . . . more

Chick-fil-A pilots express drive-thru lanes

Restaurant Dive
Chick-fil-A is testing an express drive-thru lane in about 60 restaurants nationwide and could expand to other locations in 2023, depending on the results of this pilot, the company said Wednesday. . . . more

Nordstrom leans on off-price Rack for growth and profit

Retail Dive
After reportedly mulling a spinoff of its off-price Rack business, Nordstrom is now pinning its growth ambitions on it, CEO Erik Nordstrom said during the Telsey Advisory Group fireside chat on Tuesday. . . . more

Office Depot parent company reaches decision on sale, split

CSA
The ODP Corp. has reviewed the alternatives and set a firm course for its consumer business. . . . more

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

GNC’s food delivery service goes national

CSA
GNC is expanding its meal delivery service in a big way. . . . more

Advance Auto Parts expands into new West Coast market

CSA
A leading aftermarket auto parts retailer is operating 22 new stores in a major California metro area. . . . more

Amazon names new CEO of consumer business

CSA
The title is slightly different, but Amazon has found a replacement for Dave Clark. . . . more

PetWellClinic Signs Three-Unit Deal to Provide Pet Care in Northeastern Massachusetts

Franchising.com
PetWellClinic, an emerging pet-wellness franchise, has signed a three-unit franchise agreement to open locations in Massachusetts, specifically in the Northeastern part of the state. . . . more

Krispy Kreme adds soft serve ice cream to menu

Restaurant Dive
Krispy Kreme has launched Original Glazed soft serve ice cream available in shakes, cones and cups in 10 U.S. markets, according to a press release. . . . more

Simon opens mall stock to shopper search

CSA
Simon is launching a new customer-facing search platform. . . . more

McDonald’s streamlines mobile payment in U.S.

CSA
McDonald’s is expanding a partnership with a global financial technology platform to maximize the convenience of its U.S. consumer app. . . . more

Monday, June 20, 2022

Woof Gang Bakery Acquired

Pet Business
New York-based investment firm Garnett Station Partners, LLC has acquired the Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming franchise, intending to "turbo-charge the company's growth." . . . more

Dave’s Hot Chicken to Open Nine Locations in Central New Jersey

QSR
Dave’s Hot Chicken announced it has inked a franchise agreement with Noraiz Khan and Kashif Khan to open nine locations throughout Central New Jersey. . . . more

Apple Store in Maryland Makes History by Voting to Unionize

Mac Rumors
As reported by CNBC, employees at the ‌Apple Store‌ in Towson, Maryland voted 65 for and 33 against a call to join the Machinists Union. . . . more

10 ways restaurants are embracing automation

Restaurant Dive
Robots are quickly becoming the new face of labor across the restaurant industry. . . . more

Grocery Outlet opens first store in Maryland

Supermarket News
Fast-growing value grocer enters its eighth state. . . . more

Citi Trends names new finance head

CSA
A seasoned retail financial executive has joined the leadership team at Citi Trends. . . . more

Target takes aim at Prime Day with July sales event

CSA
Once again, Target is getting a one-day jump on the official start of Amazon Prime Day. . . . more

Friday, June 17, 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022

First Look: Petco opens small-town, rural store concept

CSA
Petco is testing a new format that features health-and-wellness products and services for farm animals as well as traditional pets. . . . more

Amazon Fresh ramps up expansion with five new stores

Supermarket News
Amazon has shifted into high gear with the expansion of its Amazon Fresh supermarket banner, more than doubling the number of stores a year ago. . . . more

Blaze Pizza Keeps Growing with a Personal Touch

QSR
Imagine you’re working the line. Music is playing as you prepare food—the same track that blares in the background every shift. . . . more

Cumberland Farms Comes to the Gulf Coast

CSP
Convenience-store and fuel retailer EG Group has introduced its Cumberland Farms brand to the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. . . . more

Revlon reportedly preparing for bankruptcy

Retail Dive
Beauty giant Revlon Inc. is preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, which could come as early as next week, according to reports from Reorg, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg that cited anonymous sources. . . . more

Academy Sports + Outdoors continues store growth

CSA
Academy Sports + Outdoors is entering new markets as part of its store expansion plans. . . . more

A second Amazon Style apparel store is coming — here’s where

CSA
The second Amazon Style store is slated to open in fall 2022. . . . more

Monday, June 13, 2022

Panera Debuts First Digital-Only Restaurant

QSR
Panera announced Friday the opening of its first digital-only restaurant, joining a host of quick-service brands leaning heavily into their growing off-premises programs. . . . more

Little Caesars on Pace to Double its Number of Franchise Deals

QSR
Little Caesars signed numerous multi-unit deals in the United States with a variety of key franchisees in 2021, confirming the brand’s current growth strategy for today’s marketplace and setting the stage for securing new store commitments at double the rate of what was achieved last year. . . . more

Stop & Shop steps up investment in New York City stores

Supermarket News
Stop & Shop aims to make a bigger splash in the Big Apple. . . . more

SoulCycle to sell Sunday II Sunday hair care products

Retail Dive
Adding another company to its retail distribution lineup, athleisure hair care brand Sunday II Sunday will now sell on SoulCycle’s online store and its seasonal outdoor Bridgehampton studio, according to a Thursday press release. . . . more

Batteries Plus in Florida store expansion

CSA
Batteries Plus has its sights set on Southern Florida. . . . more

Wayfair begins brick-and-mortar expansion

CSA
Wayfair has started to expand in physical retail. . . . more

BJ’s Wholesale Club expanding; to enter its 18th state

CSA
BJ’s Wholesale Club’s ongoing expansion is bringing it into a new market. . . . more

Friday, June 10, 2022

Credit analysts put Kohl’s on notice amid takeover talks

Retail Dive
Echoing other analyst concerns about a Franchise Group takeover of Kohl’s, S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday flagged the retailer for a possible downgrade, reflecting “the potential that we could lower our ratings on Kohl’s by several notches if the acquisition is consummated,” per an emailed press release.
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