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

The Korte Company Promotes 2 Key Executives

St. Louis, Mo. — Todd Korte has been promoted to executive chairman of The Korte Company after serving 21 years as the company’s president and CEO. Brent Korte, the company’s former chief operating officer, has been promoted to president and

U-Haul Converting Empty Kmart for Fifth Company Store in Wyoming

Rock Springs, Wyo. — U-Haul Moving & Storage now occupies the former Kmart® building in Rock Springs, Wyo., and is offering truck and trailer sharing, boxes and moving supplies, and U-Box® portable storage containers out of a temporary showroom. Towing

Barrier to Entry

— By Bryan Campbell —   When developing on potentially contaminated property, you can protect your new building from VOCs with a vapor barrier.     Historically, the term “vapor intrusion” was discussed only in association with the most heavily

Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream Plans First Store in Texas

Fort Worth, Texas — Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream (Chill-N), the made-to-order nitrogen ice cream pioneer, is planning the construction and buildout of its first-ever store in Texas. The new Fort Worth Chill-N is set to open in the next several

CAMP Expands its Retail Footprint to Massachusetts 

New York City — As part of its expansion plans and commitment to bringing a new kind of retail to young families nationwide, CAMP, The Family Experience Company, will open its newest location at Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass. The retailer