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    Publix goes bigger and bolder with new store prototype

    The grocer just opened its third location under the new experience-focused design — a 55,701-square-foot store in Florida that features an olive bar, outdoor seating, on-tap drinks and more. 

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Inside the store: Wegmans’ foodservice paradise in Manhattan

    The grocer’s first Manhattan location, which devotes nearly an entire floor to meal solutions and sports three dozen self-checkout kiosks, has all of the trappings of a full-scale supermarket.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    NRF 2024

    Inside the inaugural Foodservice Innovation Zone at NRF’s Big Show

    For the first time, “future-forward” food tech vendors had a designated space at this year’s conference. Here’s a look at some of the innovators. 

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Bristol Farms closing innovation-focused store in Irvine, California

    Newfound Market, which served as a foodservice destination and testing ground for technology like smart carts, is closing after less than two years.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    Amazon closes its last Fresh Pickup site

    The shuttering of the second drive-up location marks the end of this concept for the retail giant as it proceeds with its grocery business revamp. 

    By Jan. 5, 2024
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    NJ ShopRite operator implements locker-based delivery for food desert

    The grocer has received $250,000 in state funding to help cover the cost of a temperature-controlled locker at a women's resource center in Newark.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Mapping Sprouts’ ambitious growth plan

    From continued West Coast expansion to its charge up the East Coast, here's a visual guide to the specialty grocer's progress in new and existing markets.

    By , , Dec. 13, 2023
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    Aisles Abroad: How Canadian grocer Freson Bros. embraces its roots

    In-store “zones” like the Root Cellar, Mother Dough Bread Co. and Banj’s Smokehouse feed into the grocer’s goal of “honoring the craft of food tradition,” said President Doug Lovsin.

    By Dec. 6, 2023
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    Meijer to open latest small-format store in early 2024 in Cleveland

    The 40,000-square-foot store, known as Fairfax Market, will occupy space in a public-private development intended to tackle food insecurity and promote economic development.

    By Dec. 5, 2023
  • Exterior of a Kroger store with a "Kitchen United Mix" sign on the building and delivery van.
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    Kroger, Kitchen United shutter in-store ghost kitchens

    The ghost kitchen firm, which had eight locations with the grocery chain, said it is moving away from physical locations to become a software company.

    By , Aneurin Canham-Clyne • Nov. 28, 2023
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    Inside Northgate González Market’s immersive new ‘Mercado’

    The store in Costa Mesa, California, celebrates the Mexican culinary experience with authentic cuisine, food stalls and a fine-dining restaurant.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    New Seasons Market starts sensory-friendly shopping hour

    For one hour a week, the West Coast grocer’s stores will not play music and will reduce announcements in an effort to create a more inclusive environment for shoppers.

    By Nov. 3, 2023
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    Revolutionizing grocery chains: The power of commercial kitchens

    Incorporating Commercial and Ghost Kitchens into grocery chains signifies an industry transformation. It's a strategy that addresses consumer demands and positions grocery chains to excel in a competitive market.

    Oct. 30, 2023
  • Exterior of Schnucks Fresh grocery store in Jasper, Indiana
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    Schnucks prepares to debut another small-format grocery store

    The newly constructed, 23,000-square-foot location in Oak Grove Village, Missouri, will feature technology including electronic shelf labels and a robotic shelf-scanning system, a spokesman said.

    By Oct. 5, 2023
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    How grocers can tap shopper psychology to spruce up store designs

    Architect Kevin Kelley says smaller selling floors and curated selections are the next design evolution for regional and small chains trying to stand out against large competitors.

    By Oct. 2, 2023
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    How Food Lion’s walk-in produce coolers help differentiate the chain

    While the company has touted the ability to keep produce fresher for longer, experts say the real value is in the unique shopping experience the coolers offer.

    By Sept. 5, 2023
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    Aldi’s purchase of Winn-Dixie sets up a powerful force in grocery, report says

    The German grocer's move to absorb the chain could resonate far beyond the Sunshine State, according to research released Tuesday by Dunnhumby.

    By Aug. 30, 2023
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    Winn-Dixie opens in-store Party City department

    The store-within-a-store format at the regional grocer’s newest location puts an emphasis on shopper convenience.

    By Aug. 24, 2023
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    Kroger converts Tennessee store into self-checkout-only

    The grocer said it recently made the switch at a store in Franklin with plans to do so at another one in the state later this year.

    By July 27, 2023
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    Sponsored by Catania Oils

    Gear up for a delightful holiday season filled with home baking

    Read up on how to give your customers the plant-based alternatives they want this holiday season.

    June 12, 2023
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    H-E-B expands its discount format

    Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025.

    By June 7, 2023
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    Go big or go small: Grocers see early success with new store formats

    Wegmans and Meijer have opened scaled-down stores while H-E-B and Hy-Vee have debuted new supercenter formats. All four are driving traffic and reaching new shoppers, data from Placer.ai shows.

    By June 6, 2023
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    Wegmans to close mall-based location near Boston

    The East Coast grocery chain said it will shutter the 134,000-square-foot store in Natick, Massachusetts, this summer after determining the location is not financially viable.

    By June 5, 2023
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    Why Sprouts rolled into Florida with a mobile grocery tour

    The Sprouts Mobile Truck’s first-ever road trip aimed to familiarize customers with popular items and the grocer’s overall mission ahead of store openings in the markets it visited.

    By June 2, 2023
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    Kroger to stock mobile market in Lexington, Kentucky

    The Mobile Market is scheduled to make around 20 stops between July and September to address food accessibility issues throughout the city. 

    By May 31, 2023