Cabela’s to build store in Rogers, Ark.
Sydney, Neb. — Cabela’s announced plans to build a store in Rogers, Ark. The 100,000-sq.-ft. store, Cabela’s first in Arkansas, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2012. The retailer also has also announced plans to build stores in Wichita, Kan., and Tulalip, Wash., as well as Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, all expected to open in 2012.
The building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s traditional store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.
The inside will highlight the company’s next-generation layout, which is designed to immerse customers in the outdoor experience and includes conservation-themed wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts displayed on a mountain with a built-in aquarium.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Cabela’s opened stores in Allen, Texas, April 14 and Springfield, Ore., May 4. In mid-August, the company will open a store in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Winn-Dixie to continue rollout of new format
Apopka, Fla. — Winn-Dixie said it has opened its fourth new-format grocery store, this one in Central Florida, on Wednesday, as part of its rollout of an enhanced neighborhood market concept.
The newest store, located in Errol Plaza, is one of 17 planned store remodels. The company expects to invest approximately $5.5 million per store.
The remodeled store includes many new features, most notably a farmer’s market at the front of the store and an expanded produce department with a focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables. Other features include an expanded deli department and custom sandwich/ sub shop, a wider selection of hot food, a broader bakery selection, an expanded seafood department with on-site sushi chef and a remodeled and expanded pharmacy wellness center.
Winn-Dixie further enhanced the in-store experience by adding a Wi-Fi Internet café with complimentary coffee.
The store’s new features are enhanced by a new building design that includes hardwood flooring throughout the produce, deli and bakery departments, concrete floors that resemble granite in the rest of the store, modern lighting and brighter décor.
“We are excited to deliver on our promise of providing our guests with a fresh, new shopping experience that is fun and imaginative,” said Dan Lafever, Winn-Dixie regional VP.
Fresh & Easy to test smaller format
New York City — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. division of Tesco, has joined the growing number of retailers opening smaller-format stores. The grocery store operator plans to test a new concept, called Fresh & Easy Express, in San Pedro, Calif.
Fresh & Easy’s new format will be in the 4,000 sq. ft. range, compared with its typical 10,000-sq.-ft. footprint.
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