Aldi to debut in New York City
Queens, N.Y. — Discount grocer Aldi said Thursday it will open its first-ever New York City store on Feb. 18. The new store is located in the borough of Queens.
Aldi, which offers a limited assortment of items, said it will bring its standard floorplan to Queens, which includes wider-than-typical 8-ft. aisles.
The Queens store is the first of three grocery stores the company plans to open in the area, including new locations in the Bronx and Bay Shore areas.
“We are looking for other opportunities in the city,” said Bruce Persohn, VP of Aldi’s South Windsor division in Connecticut, adding that Aldi is focusing on all five boroughs as well as Long Island, according to a report by Crain’s New York.
Guess opens Fifth Avenue flagship
New York City — Guess announced Thursday that its North American flagship location has opened at 575 Fifth Avenue, at 47th St., in New York City.
The new store, the retailer’s largest to date, spans 13,000 sq. ft. over two floors and is inspired by the brand’s new global flagship concept launched in Milan last year.
Custom design features include hand-applied Venetian plaster and silver leaf wall coverings, custom-made chandeliers and an elevator draped in faceted black chain mesh made by Hudson Furniture in New York City. High gloss black and white fixtures, distressed steel and black wood make up the store’s materials palette.
The first floor, housing the women’s collection, is highlighted by a 12-ft.-high LED screen playing behind-the-scenes videos from fashion shows and campaign shoots. Located in the center of the floor is an elevated runway showcasing an expanded assortment of Guess accessories categories.
This store is the fourth retail location in New York City for the company.
New restaurant concept to feature tabletop iPads for ordering
New York City — The founders of BJ’s Restaurants plan launch a new fast-casual concept this spring that will allow customers to order and customize their meals from tabletop iPads, USA Today reported.
The new chain, called Stacked:Food Well Built, will debut in May, in Torrance, Calif. Patrons use iPads mounted on the table to select signature items from the menu or build their own meal from options that will include hamburgers, pizza, salads or sausages, the report said. The iPads will have alarms that will sound if they are carried out the door.