Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Trader Joe’s takes top spot in ‘brand intimacy’ ranking

A popular grocer bests other retailers when it comes to making emotional connections with customers. . . . more

Black Friday in-store traffic up 3%

Shoppers returned to physical stores and shopping centers on Black Friday even as they continued to set new records online. . . . more

Rite Aid debuts small-store format

Rite Aid is going smaller — by more than half. . . . more

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Inflation forces mom and pop restaurants and big chains to lean on their unique strengths

CNBC Business
As the restaurant industry battles inflation, the large size of chains and their access to cash gives them the upper hand, but independents have advantages of their own when managing higher costs. . . . more

Jack in the Box predicts unit growth in 2023

Restaurant Dive
The unit growth expected next year will include entering two new markets: Salt Lake City and Louisville, Kentucky. . . . more

How a second drive-thru lane boosted sales for an A&W franchisee

Third-generation A&W franchisee Anthony Walker has seen just about every iteration of fast food restaurants. His grandparents set up an A&W in Wisconsin as a roadside stand. That location has since transformed from a drive-in to a drive-thru with a dining room. . . . more

Macy’s establishes mini distribution centers at 35 stores

Retail Dive
Macy’s is using space within 35 of its stores to function as mini distribution centers as the retailer positions its e-commerce network to handle an expected influx of shipments ahead of the holidays. . . . more

Monday, November 21, 2022

Winn-Dixie Owner Southeastern Grocers Considers Sale

Nearly one year after cancelling its plans to go public, Florida-based supermarket chain owner Southeastern Grocers is reportedly considering an outright sale of the company. . . . more

ICSC predicts $125 billion in consumer spending over Thanksgiving weekend

Consumers are ready to shop over Thanksgiving weekend — particularly in physical stores. . . . more

H&M unveils ‘first of its kind’ rotating style store concept in New York

H&M has opened a new type of store experience that will be updated with new fashions, visuals, events and neighborhood partners throughout the year. . . . more

Friday, November 18, 2022

Primark continues U.S. store expansion

Primark is kicking off its U.S. growth plan to reach 60 stores by 2026. . . . more

Thursday, November 17, 2022

As chains expand drive-thrus, speed of service becomes paramount

Restaurant Dive
Shortly after Hawaiian Bros opened a third location in Overland Park, Kansas, co-founder Cameron McNie realized the drive-thru was creating big problems. While opening sales were double that of the chain’s previous two restaurants, which don’t have drive-thrus, the parking lot was a gridlock. . . . more

Chipotle to open 250 to 285 restaurants in 2023

Chipotle Mexican Grill has reached a new milestone. . . . more

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Foxtrot Preps 5th D.C.-Area Location

Progressive Grocer
Innovative c-store chain Foxtrot has revealed that its fifth Washington, D.C.-area location, in Bethesda, Md., at 7262 Woodmont Avenue, will officially open to the public on Friday, Nov. 18. Consumers who download and use the Foxtrot app opening week will receive a gift while supplies last. . . . more

Sweetgreen to open first drive-thru in Chicago suburb

Restaurant Dive
Sweetgreen will open its first drive-thru pickup window, or “Sweetlane,” in Schaumburg, Illinois, within the next year, the chain announced Wednesday. . . . more

Dutch Bros targets 150 new stores for 2023

Dutch Bros. Inc. is on track to meeting its store expansion goal.  . . . more

Sally Beauty closing hundreds of stores

Sally Beauty Holdings is accelerating its store optimization plans. . . . more

Malls have transformed themselves into mixed-use lifestyle centers

Lifestyle centers are the new malls, at least according to retail industry experts. . . . more

Friday, November 11, 2022

Ahold Delhaize posts strong Q3 results as Stop & Shop moves ahead

Grocery Dive
Ahold Delhaize on Wednesday reported robust financial results for the third quarter of 2022, with U.S. same-store sales up 8.2%, excluding gasoline, and net sales coming in at 14.7 billion euros ($14.8 billion), an 8.8% increase at constant exchange rates. . . . more

Freshii Inks Deal to Grow in New Jersey

Omnichannel health and wellness brand, Freshii Inc., announced it has entered into a new multi-unit agreement with brothers, Greg and Ryan Lahr, for the planned development of six new restaurant locations over the next five years in New Jersey, US. . . . more

Target goes big — unveils larger-format store with more modern design

Target Corp.’s latest new store strategy involves a bigger footprint, with more space for fulfillment of online orders. . . . more

In the Wake of COVID, Boston's Downtown Poised for Reinvention

NBC 10 Boston
The City of Boston is relaunching a push to revitalize its downtown by trying to make it more affordable to live, offer more diverse businesses and change the way people get around. . . . more

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Sweetgreen to test fully automated restaurants next year

Restaurant Business
Sweetgreen plans to open two fully automated restaurants in 2023 using the robotic Spyce technology acquired last year, the company said Tuesday. . . . more

Panera Bread targets growth in urban markets with new digitally driven formats

Panera Bread is expanding into urban markets and non-traditional settings with a streamlined store model. . . . more

Kohl’s CEO to step down

The chief executive of Kohl’s is moving on — to another big job. . . . more

Monday, November 7, 2022

Where is the Plant-Based Movement Headed Next?

According to Datassential, 29 percent of the American population limits meat consumption in some manner. Furthermore, 28 percent say they prefer plant-based over animal proteins. . . . more

Shake Shack to Add Kiosks at Every Location

Shake Shack has more stores under construction than it ever has at 35 locations. . . . more

Chili’s launches its first delivery, takeout-only restaurant

Restaurant Dive
Chili’s 1,600-square-foot format is designed to expand the brand’s reach into dense and untapped markets where diners prefer off-premise service. . . . more

REI Co-Op in New England expansion

REI continues to expand its store portfolio. . . . more

Friday, November 4, 2022

Inflation to dampen holiday spending, retail trade group forecasts

CNBC Business
Getting shoppers to spend this holiday season won’t be easy. . . . more

Starbucks U.S. sales climb as customers spend more on pricey drinks

CNBC Business
Starbucks on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts’ estimates, fueled by U.S. customers spending more on iced coffee drinks and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. . . . more

Dave's Hot Chicken Inks Deal to Enter New Hampshire

Dave’s Hot Chicken, the Los Angeles-based Street food sensation turned breakthrough fast-casual brand, announced today it has inked a franchise agreement with Al Graziano to make its entrance into New Hampshire and expand its existing presence in Massachusetts. . . . more

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Aldi, Lidl serve up Thanksgiving price breaks

Supermarket News
With grocery prices still up amid elevated food inflation, discount grocers Aldi and Lidl are keeping them down for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. . . . more

Johnny Rockets in Burlington Has Closed

Boston Restaurant Talk
A California-based chain of hamburger places is now just down to one location in the Greater Boston area. . . . more

Tuesday, November 1, 2022