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    Amazon Go convenience stores are headed to suburbia

    The first of the new retail locations, which will offer grab-and-go foods, beverages and everyday essentials, will open in the Seattle-area community of Mill Creek, Washington.

    By Jan. 25, 2022
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    Meijer expands small-store market concept to Ohio

    The 40,000-square-foot Fairfax Market is the company's first small-format store announced outside its home state of Michigan, and could open as early as 2023. 

    By Dec. 15, 2021
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    Dollar General plans to build 1K new Popshelf stores over next 4 years

    The suburban-focused concept has brought higher sales and margin rates, and the new stores add to a furious pace of expansion for the discounter.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Dec. 2, 2021
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    Dollar Tree pivots to $1.25 prices even as inflation-wary shoppers seek the retailer out

    The company saw a modest sales bump during the third quarter, with consumers chasing value. Meanwhile, supply chain costs have choked margins.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 23, 2021
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    Starbucks, Amazon Go open cashierless store concept in NYC

    The two plan to open additional stores in 2022, as more retailers experiment with grab-and-go technology. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 19, 2021
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    Aisles Abroad: A Swedish startup's tech-enabled approach to rural grocery shopping

    Stockholm-based Lifvs oversees a fleet of unattended food stores across the Scandinavian country, some as small as 300 square feet.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    Kroger and Bed Bath & Beyond launch omnichannel collaboration

    Beginning early next year, the grocer will offer a selection of the "most sought-after" products from the home merchandise retailer and its Buybuy Baby chain on and at select Kroger locations. 

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    How one grocery startup is putting a new spin on pickup

    Co-developed by a former Chick-fil-A manager, Opie Drive-Thru Grocery can fill on-the-spot orders in under two minutes. "Our job is to be like a train station."

    By Oct. 27, 2021
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    Hy-Vee now has 5 alternative store formats. Here's how they're evolving.

    From a growing dollar store to a struggling health concept, the grocer has a diverse stable of banners at varying stages of growth and success.

    By Oct. 6, 2021
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    Aisles Abroad: How Africa's Shoprite is embracing solar power

    The continent's largest food retailer is putting solar panels on top of supply trucks, carports, stores and distribution centers to be a better corporate citizen and reduce operational costs.

    By Sept. 30, 2021
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    Gopuff plans to open a digital-first retail store

    Planning documents filed in San Francisco outline a location that has digital ordering kiosks and is built to efficiently manage in-store and online orders.

    By Sept. 30, 2021
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    Meijer prepares to open fourth small-format supermarket

    Rivertown Market, a 42,000-square-foot location in Detroit's East Jefferson Corridor set to open Oct. 6, will feature a "vast assortment" of fresh and prepared foods.

    By Sept. 10, 2021
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    Hy-Vee is embracing one-stop shopping and showrooms

    The retailer will introduce fitness equipment showrooms in several stores this year, continuing its push into non-grocery products and services.

    By Sept. 9, 2021
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    Southeastern Grocers opens stand-alone liquor store concept

    The new format, called WDs Wine, Beer & Liquor, marks the first alcohol-focused location for the grocery chain.

    By Sept. 3, 2021
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    Why Schnucks built a scaled-down supermarket

    The company's new "Schnucks Fresh" store in Jasper, Indiana, reflects a push by grocers to open more small stores that are customized to their markets.

    By Sept. 1, 2021
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    Publix touts improved energy efficiency with new GreenWise Market

    The new store in Tampa, Florida, uses a link to a centralized water-chilling facility to improve the efficiency of its refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

    By Aug. 20, 2021
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    5 grocers planning smaller formats

    As a number of retailers look to shrink the sizes of new stores, several are making fresh foods a focal point.

    By Aug. 18, 2021
  • Presidente Supermarkets expanding fleet, rolling out new wholesale format

    The Hispanic-owned grocery chain is on track to open seven stores and a new warehouse concept in Florida by the end of this year.

    By Aug. 11, 2021
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    Lowes Foods to open entertainment-focused concept store

    The grocer says the new small-format location in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area will be more of a food hall than a conventional grocery spot.

    By Aug. 10, 2021
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    Foxtrot launches nationwide shipping service as it prepares for growth

    The upscale convenience store chain's new Foxtrot Anywhere service offers a range of popular items from the retailer's stores as well as gift boxes stocked with food, wine and other goods.

    By Aug. 10, 2021
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    Grocers' best omnichannel bet is blurring the lines between in-store and online

    What if grocers could blend the treasure trove of target-rich online insight with the in-store experience?

    Aug. 9, 2021
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    Grocers tap into new offerings to boost alcohol sales

    Hy-Vee is launching a standalone store format called Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits, while Schnuck Markets has debuted a wine club linked with its rewards program.

    By Aug. 6, 2021
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    Aisles Abroad: Inside Alibaba's digital-first club store

    Store X is the online retailer's answer to Costco in a format that has caught fire in China as incomes rise and consumers look for new shopping experiences.

    By Aug. 3, 2021
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    Conventional grocers facing steep e-commerce competition, report finds

    The findings from The Feedback Group show Amazon’s Whole Foods and Fresh banners as the top choices for people planning to grocery shop online more, while chains and independents scored near the bottom.

    By July 16, 2021
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    Dollar General plans to hire 50K new employees amid blazing store growth

    The retailer aims to add more than 1,000 stores this year as it looks to nearly double its already vast store footprint in the coming years. 

    By Ben Unglesbee • July 15, 2021