ECOMMERCE

Contact-free payment speeds up checkout at discount grocer

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Aldi is making it easier for customers to pay for purchases.

The fast-growing deep-discount grocer now accepts all forms of contactless payment, including Apple Pay and Android Pay. Both options are available across Aldi’s nearly 1,700 stores nationwide.

Shoppers can pay for their groceries by tapping their contactless-enabled bank card, smartphone or other wearable device on a dedicated payment terminal.

"We're continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money," said Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi. "We build and run stores customers can shop quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at Aldi that much faster and more convenient."

This is the latest move the grocer has made to streamline how customers purchase merchandise. In August, Aldi announced a pilot partnership with grocery delivery service Instacart. Shoppers can access the service on Instacart’s website or the Instacart app, and add merchandise to their virtual carts. At checkout, they can choose a delivery window from an hour away, up to a week later.

The service is available in Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and the company is already evaluating future expansion.

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Burlington to open in Sears hole at Magnolia Mall

BY Al Urbanski

PREIT announced that it has fully leased the space vacated by Sears at Magnolia Mall, nine months after the store closed shop at the Florence, South Carolina, property.

Burlington opens in a 46,000-sq.-ft. space there this week. It will be joined by HomeGoods (20,000 sq. ft.) and Five Below (8,500 sq. ft.) in the spring. Also slated to open at that time is a 20,000-sq.-ft. H&M store.

"At Magnolia Mall, the addition of these in-demand retailers will attract additional shoppers and welcome them to an enhanced mall experience," said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT.


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Food and bed highlight OKC center’s expansion

BY Al Urbanski

Three restaurants and a hotel claimed four of the seven new out-parcels The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City.

Developer GBT Realty announced that Hooters, Arby’s, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, and Sleep Inn have signed leases at the 160,000-sq.-ft. “regional neighborhood center” on Interstate 40.

“National names such as Academy Sports + Outdoors, Marshalls, and Ross Dress for Less jumped on board early before the center was developed and have continued to be top performers here,” said GBT leasing director Fraser Schaufele, who credited OKC’s high population growth rate and low unemployment rate.

Other tenants include GNC, Pearl Vision, Petco, Ulta Beauty, Rack Room Shoes, and Five Below.


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