REAL ESTATE

Alaska lodging resort to include open market

BY Dan Berthiaume

Philadelphia – Aramark has unveiled plans for Denali Park Village, a new lodging experience in Anchorage, Alaska, that will include an open market. The company is transforming and re-branding two adjacent properties it owns, McKinley Village Lodge and Denali River Cabins & Cedar Lodge, with a projected May 2014 opening.

In addition to lodging areas, Denali Park Village will be home to a vast open market. Designed with the look of a historic mining town, the marketplace will include individually themed shops such as a s’mores shack, apparel shop, pet supply store and more. A full main street market will feature assorted grab-and-go and gourmet food and grocery options. Hand-dipped ice cream is also planned.

"Denali Park Village brings together the synergy of two ideally situated properties to create a unique and authentic Alaskan experience for guests," said David Sloma, VP of operations for Aramark Parks and Destinations. "We believe this transformation will provide guests with even greater accommodations, hospitality options and amenities to complement their visit to Denali National Park."

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eMeal adds online meal plan for Costco customers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Issaquah, Wash. — Online meal planning service eMeals has debuted a new Costco Classic Family Plan that delivers 14 Costco-focused dinner menus to a customer’s smartphone or computer inbox every two weeks. Designed to take full advantage of Costco promotions and volume packaging, each installment includes family-friendly entree and side-dish recipes, plus a complete grocery list for all 14 days that is organized by Costco aisle for speedy shopping.

With three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions, the Costco plan features information including prep time, cook time and prices of individual ingredients.

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Brookshire Grocery Company deploys exception reporting solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Tyler, Texas — Brookshire Grocery Company has deployed the cloud-based Retail 20/20 exception reporting solution from Agilence, Inc. to reduce shrink and improve in-store operations. Brookshire Grocery Company operates 152 stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

"We needed a powerful reporting application to get the most out of our data and a team to help us drive it," said John D’Anna, CIO for Brookshire Grocery Company. "After a six-month pilot, it was clear that Retail 20/20 was able to deliver a significant return on our investment."

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