Supermarket, Grocery, & C-Store

Free Trial• Albertsons LLC has partnered with Uber Eats for delivery service, scheduled to roll out to 1,200 stores this year.

• C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc. announced that it plans to acquire Piggly Wiggly Midwest LLC. The transaction includes 109 store locations.

• C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc. reported that is has hired Mark McGowan as Senior VP of Retail.

• Coborn’s Inc. reported that Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. will be its primary wholesale supplier starting next year.

• Costco Wholesale Corp. is piloting same-day grocery delivery through Uber from 25 stores in Texas.

• Foxtrot Ventures Inc. announced it plans to open 50 new stores nationwide within the next two years. The retailer plans new locations in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.

• The Fresh Market Inc. has filed for an initial public offering. The grocer intends to list stock on the under the symbol TFM.

• The Kroger Co. is promoting Rob Quast to a new position as Director of Investor Relations.

• Kum & Go LLC reported it will be entering the state of Michigan with a set of convenience stores in the Grand Rapids area. The retailer expects to open the new locations in 2022.

• Kwik Trip Inc. is acquiring four Dells Travel Mart locations from Travel Mart Inc.

 

Retail

• Abercrombie & Fitch Co. opened a new standalone store concept for its Gilly Hicks brand. The store, in Columbus, OH, is the only current standalone location. The new Gilly Hicks prototype is part of a renovation for the brand towards gender-inclusivity. The store does not separate the women’s and men’s departments.

• Batteries Plus Bulbs announced 52 new franchisee signings to date for 2021. The retailer is on pace to exceed 75 franchise signings by the end of this year.

• Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced it is partnering with Casper to offer branded shop-in-shops in select Bed Bath & Beyond stores.

• Dollar General Corp. has opened a new distribution center in Walton, KY.

• It’Sugar reported that it has appointed Mike Koempel as COO.

• Macy’s, Inc. announced that it has named Maly Bernstein as CEO of Bluemercury Inc., effective September 13.

• Nordstrom Inc. has named Farrell Redwine as its new Chief Human Resources Officer.

• Rent the Runway announced it is preparing to go public.

• Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. announced that it will open its first beauty shops inside of Target Corporation stores next month. The retailers said they will open more than 100 shops by the end of the year, with plans to grow to a total of 800 shops over the next few years.

• Victoria’s Secret Stores said it plans to test three locations that it refers to as stores “of the future” later this fall. That will be followed by another 10 test locations in 2022, the majority of which will be off-mall.

• Wilson Sporting Goods Co. reported it has opened its first ever retail store location in Chicago, IL.

 

Restaurant

• A&W All American Food will be opening three new locations later this year in Charlotte, NC; Las Vegas, NV; and St. Louis, MO.

• Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is the first major restaurant chain to sign a marketing deal with college athletes by coming to contract terms with quarterbacks from Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  NCAA policies were changed earlier this year to allow student athletes to earn income based on the use of their name, image, and likeness.

• Clean Juice has hired Tim Tebow to be the company’s new National Brand Ambassador.

• Del Taco is looking to boost their breakfast revenue by adding new breakfast tacos to their menu.

• Farmer Boys Food Inc. has opened a new location in Murrieta, CA.

• Freddy’s Frozen Custards & Steakburgers has promoted Andrew Thengvall to Chief Development Officer. The company has also hired Mary Coots as Director of Franchise Development and Todd Phelps as Director of Franchise Real Estate.

• In-N-Out Burger has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit for a virtual brand in Australia that is using a similar name and colors for their branding.

• KFC and Kazi Foods have settled their lawsuit with the latter being awarded $792,239 by a jury. Kazi has been a franchisee of KFC for over 50 years and the dispute centered on financial damages caused by questionable business practices from the franchisor.

• Shake Shack will be investing $10 million in their employees with $9 million dedicated to increasing wages.

• Teriyaki Madness LLC has opened a new location in Lethbridge, Alberta. This is the company’s first Canadian location.

• WaBa Grill Franchise Corp will be opening a new location in Tustin, CA.