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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
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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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    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 recently 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 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
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    Larger fresh assortments take center stage at remodeled stores

    A Raley’s store in Reno, Nevada, has an expanded made-to-order salad bar among its new options, while a soon-to-open Natural Grocers store in Amarillo, Texas, boasts a bigger produce section.

    By May 30, 2023
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    Dollar General creates new role focused on emerging markets

    Steve Deckard, who joined the retailer in 2006, will oversee the company’s Mi Súper Dollar General in Mexico, Popshelf and DG Well Being initiatives.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • May 25, 2023
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    Publix ends its GreenWise Market banner

    The Florida-based grocer is transitioning the specialty format’s eight locations over to its traditional supermarket brand.

    By , May 22, 2023
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    Hy-Vee rolling out infusion clinics

    The retailer opened its first location in West Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday and plans to add more across the U.S. this year. 

    By April 4, 2023
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    Pickup-only grocer raises $11.5M, but the format’s outlook looks gloomy

    Oklahoma City’s JackBe looks to build two more stores this year, but other e-commerce-only locations have failed to take flight as in-store shopping has returned.

    By April 4, 2023
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    Foxtrot promotes Liz Williams to CEO

    As the former CFO takes her new post, former CEO Mike LaVitola is moving into the chairman role for the Chicago-based chain.

    By Jessica Loder • April 3, 2023
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    Choice Market plans to scale up with mini stores

    The retailer is looking to open at least five more frictionless Mini-Mart c-stores by the end of 2023 “with a big ramp in 2024,” founder and CEO Mike Fogarty said.

    By Brett Dworski • March 29, 2023
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    Southeastern Grocers debuts sustainable solution to ice packaging, manufacturing

    The grocer has rolled out an autonomous micro-factory at a distribution center in Jacksonville, Florida, and introduced Party Cubes, a plastic-negative, packaged ice made on-demand at the facility.

    By March 29, 2023
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    Aisles Abroad: Dutch grocer Jumbo embraces a slower checkout option

    The supermarket chain’s “chat checkout” lanes, which have recently expanded to more than 100 stores, may resonate in U.S. grocery stores as retailers look to reach an aging population.

    By March 28, 2023
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    Green Zebra permanently closing all stores at the end of March

    The upscale grocery and c-store retailer “couldn’t overcome all the obstacles” presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, its CEO said.

    By Brett Dworski • March 9, 2023
  • Mars launches store-hailing mobile ice cream markets

    The new partnership between the treats maker and tech firm Conjure, which kicked off in Los Angeles, can whisk frozen goodies to consumers in as little as two minutes.

    By March 7, 2023