Thursday, June 30, 2022

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

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

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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

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

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

Giant Co. continues Philadelphia expansion

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

Five (very) early holiday shopping predictions from Salesforce

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 24, 2022

Common Craft opens at Burlington Mall

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2022