Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Big Lots in big category expansion

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

First Look: The newest Apple store is a stunner

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

Adobe: First day of Prime Day tops Thanksgiving

Total online sales in the U.S. exceeded $5.6 billion during the first day of Amazon Prime Day. . . . more

Batteries Plus Promotes Joe Malmuth to VP of Franchise Development and Relations Amidst Substantial System-Wide Growth
In response to the 30-plus store openings and the signing of 55 new franchise agreements thus far in 2021, Batteries Plus announced today the promotion of one of its key leaders, Joe Malmuth, to Vice President of Franchise Development and Relations. . . . more

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Amazon Prime Day hoists overall U.S. online sales

Supermarket News
Amazon’s annual Prime Day sales event, which kicked off Monday, stands to give a sizable boost to online retail sales growth this year, according to FTI Consulting. . . . more

Popeyes launches its first loyalty program

Restaurant Dive
Popeyes has launched its first-ever loyalty program, called Popeyes Rewards, which provides exclusive access to deals, celebrations, swag and the chance to earn and redeem points from menu purchases, according to a press release emailed to Restaurant Dive. . . . more

Luby's sells Fuddruckers for $18.5M

Restuarnat Dive
Luby's, Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its Fuddruckers franchise business operations to Black Titan Franchise Systems, a newly formed affiliate of Nicholas Perkins, according to a press release. Fuddruckers currently has 92 locations operating in the U.S.  . . . more

URW gives Broward Mall back to its lender

The Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation, Fla., once one of the most popular shopping destinations in the state, has been abandoned by Unibail Rodamco Westfield. . . . more

L Brands reveals name for spun-off Victoria’s Secret

The separation of Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret into  two independent public businesses has started. . . . more

Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, Old Navy among 50 ‘most patriotic’ brands

A retail giant ranks as the country’s second most patriotic brand. . . . more

On The Border Spurs Franchise Growth Across the Country with Execution of Two New Deals

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is getting ready to bring its bold, border-style Mex and ice-cold margaritas to the most northern and southern ends of the country! . . . more

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Walgreens launches same-day delivery via Uber Eats

Supermarket News
Adding another on-demand delivery option, Walgreens has expanded its partnership with Uber to offer non-prescription products directly on the Uber Eats platform. . . . more

CVS to change key loyalty benefit for the first time in 20 years

Retail Dive
CVS pharmacy will now pay back 2% in ExtraBucks rewards to members of its ExtraCare Rewards loyalty program after almost every transaction instead of every quarter, the first changes to the program's core benefit in 20 years. . . . more

Study: Father’s Day spending will rise 16%

There should be a lot of glad dads on Fathers’ Day this year, especially those with millennial children. . . . more

Check out Target’s ‘before’ and ‘after’ store remodel photos

Target Corp. is on track to give top-to-bottom makeovers to about 150 stores this year, with everything from modern fixtures and updated lighting to enhanced experiences and the latest in health and safety. . . . more

At Home amends sale terms

At Home Group Inc. will receive another dollar per share in a restated merger agreement with private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC. . . . more

Neiman Marcus plans to invest more than $500 million in digital tech

Neiman Marcus Group is kicking off a three-year intensive digital investment strategy with the purchase of a machine learning (ML) platform. . . . more

Check out Google’s first-ever permanent store

Customers can get up close and personal with the latest Google devices and services at the tech giant’s first-ever physical store. . . . more

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Life after lockdown: 5 tips for retailers on planning ahead

Supermarket News
We are at an exciting and somewhat perplexing moment: we’re all tiptoeing back into so-called normal life after an abnormal year. . . . more

Rite Aid promotes industry veteran to chief retail officer

Andre Persaud is assuming a c-level position at Rite Aid. . . . more