Baskin-Robbins identifies key Texas expansion markets
Canton, Mass. Baskin-Robbins said Tuesday it has identified two Texas cities as key expansion markets for the chain. Austin and San Antonio have both been labeled by the company as priority markets for 2009.
Baskin-Robbins said it aims to develop 20 new stores in the Austin region and 29 in San Antonio. It will host a brand introduction seminar on July 8 in Austin and on July 9 in San Antonio to discuss store design, market growth, marketing, training and site selection among potential developers.
Baskin-Robbins currently operates more than 6,000 stores in 35 countries and opened more than 600 stores globally in 2008. The domestic footprint is nearly 2,700 locations.
Kroger opens at Surrey Square
Norwood, Ohio New York City-based Centro Properties Group said Thursday that Kroger Co. has opened an approximately 80,000-sq.-ft. store at Surrey Square, a community shopping center in Norwood, Ohio.
The new store is nearly twice the size of the former Kroger at Surrey Square, according to Centro, and features expanded department and services, including a natural food section, Seattle’s Best Coffee Shoppe, drive-through pharmacy and full-service drug store.
Kroger has implemented the latest green technology to improve energy efficiency in store operations, and the new Surrey Square Kroger will consume about 15% less energy a year than a typical store today and about 25% less energy than a store built in 2000, according to the company.
The grand opening of Kroger marks the completion of the second phase of Centro’s three-phase redevelopment plan for transforming the partially enclosed 176,433-sq.-ft. shopping center into a large, multi-anchored community center. Phase III is scheduled to commence in July.
Restaurant chains expanding in Manhattan
New York City Fast-food and casual-dining chains are taking advantage of more available restaurant spaces and budget-minded consumers who prefer inexpensive fare to debut and expand in Manhattan.
Panera Bread is looking at locations across Manhattan, while Toronto-based Freshii’s chain will break ground on its first of 20 anticipated New York locations next week, the Wall Street Journal reported. And Vapiano, a German-based pasta chain will open near Union Square next month.
Also coming to the Big Apple are the California-based Counter burger chain, due to debut in October in Times Square, and Elevation Burger, a Virginia-based chain, which is due to open in early fall.