Ghirardelli Unveils Reimagined Flagship Chocolate Experience Store

San Francisco — On May 20, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company reopened its flagship Chocolate Experience Store, located in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. The space is designed to elevate the customer experience and provides new and exciting ways to celebrate the true

Hash Kitchen Unveils Next-Generation Design by Harrison

Phoenix — Hash Kitchen has partnered with architecture and design firm Harrison to revamp the creative brunchery’s design in preparation for its launch in Gilbert and Peoria, Ariz. Harrison will support Hash Kitchen through concept development, branding, architecture, interior design,

Crate & Barrel Launches CrateKitchen

Chicago — On May 17, Crate & Barrel opened a new culinary destination, CrateKitchen, to inspire cooking and entertaining for the modern kitchen and table. Located at the brand’s headquarters in Northbrook, Ill., CrateKitchen will open its doors to customers

Vestar, DMB Development to Build Verrado Marketplace in Arizona

Buckeye, Ariz. — Vestar, in partnership with DMB Development, has unveiled plans for Verrado Marketplace, a commercial space near Verrado, an 8,800-acre master-planned community in Buckeye. Totaling more than 500,000 square feet of space, Verrado Marketplace will feature a grocery

KFC Opens Latest Next-Gen Restaurant: The Crystal Bucket

Louisville, Ky. — As KFC continues to focus on building and remodeling restaurants with the customer experience front and center, the company has opened its latest next-generation restaurant concept dubbed ‘The Crystal Bucket.’ The new 40-seat, 2,542-square-foot restaurant is located

Canada-based OEB Breakfast Co. Makes California Debut

Newport Beach, Calif. — OEB Breakfast Co., a popular North American breakfast concept, is opening its very first California restaurant. Located in Newport Beach at Westcliff Plaza, the newest restaurant joins 13 existing locations — one in Arizona and 12

BJ’s Wholesale Club Launches Smaller-Format Retail Concept

Warwick, R.I. — BJ’s Wholesale Club, a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the eastern United States, has opened BJ’s market, a new smaller-format concept club in Warwick, R.I. BJ’s market is 43,000 square feet, about half the size

U.S. Polo Assn. Opens New Flagship Store in São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo — Global, sport-inspired fashion brand U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), is opening its first store in Brazil this April, in partnership with its Brazil licensee, Alpar do Brasil. The 1,000-square-foot

Sunny Street Café Unveils Enhanced Restaurant Design

Columbus, Ohio — Sunny Street Café, the Columbus-based breakfast and lunch restaurant chain, reported double-digit growth in 2021 — despite the pandemic — and is debuting an energetic new design that provides an even brighter spot for guests to dine,

Immersive Entertainment 2.0

— By Chris Roy — The next level of tech experiences for retail and restaurant venues.   Before the pandemic, immersive entertainment was an emerging trend in the retail sector. After a year and a half of reduced experiences, consumers’

Sign of the Times

— By David Tracz — Modern restaurant design and its evolution.   If there is one common experience that (most) humans share a love for, it’s probably food — especially when that food is cooked by someone else. Enter: the

H&H Bagels Introduces New Service Model and Brand Design

New York City — H&H Bagels, a legendary New York City brand since 1972, is reopening its Upper West Side location after a 9-week remodeling and renovation project. The 50-year-old bagel company was started with a single location on the

In For A Sweet Treat

— Interview with Justin Reese —   Ghirardelli Chocolate Company enters its 170th year with major renovation plans for its iconic Ghirardelli Square flagship locations in San Francisco.     As experiential retail returns across the country, an elevated experience

Sweetgreen Launches “sweetlane” Restaurant Concept

Los Angeles — sweetgreen, the mission-driven restaurant brand serving healthy food at scale, will be opening its first “sweetlane” concept in Schaumburg, Ill., within the next year. The new pilot restaurant will feature sweetgreen’s best-in-class in-store experience with the addition

Target Tests First Net Zero Energy Store

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has announced its most sustainable store to date in Vista, Calif. The site will generate more renewable energy than it needs annually to operate and will test multiple innovations to reduce the building’s emissions. The store’s

DICK’S Sporting Goods to Open New Retail Destination Store

Pittsburgh and Minneapolis — DICK’S Sporting Goods is now hiring for a new DICK’S Sporting Goods House of Sport store that will open in May 2022 in Minnetonka, Minn. The new retail concept was launched last year when the first-ever

Red Ribbon Bakeshop Debuts First Drive-Thru in the U.S.

West Covina, Calif. — Red Ribbon Bakeshop, Inc., the Philippines-founded bakery that offers an array of sweet and savory baked goods, debuted its first-ever drive-thru service in the U.S. as part of its new store opening on Westheimer Road in

Naples Soap Company Opens Largest Store with New Branded Look

Naples, Fla. — Naples Soap Company, a retail destination known for premium-quality skin and hair care products, has opened a 2,500-square-foot store at the Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, Fla. This location is the largest store for the growing

Quality Over Quantity

The Hummus & Pita Co., which marks its 10th anniversary this year, keeps its location count low and its bar for quality high.   — By Katie Lee —   With two years of pandemic-related upheaval in the rearview mirror,

DHL Opens Fifth Mobile Pop-Up Store Near Washington, D.C.

Plantation, Fla. — DHL Express, the world’s leading provider of international express shipping services, recently expanded its vast network of U.S. retail locations with a new mobile pop-up store in Gaithersburg, Md. The 2,200-cubic-feet, 100% off-the-grid, mobile DHL ServicePoint offers