Food Lion to remodel Raleigh stores
Salisbury, N.C. – Food Lion will remodel its Raleigh, North Carolina market stores in 2015. The Raleigh market remodels are expected to be completed in stores on a rolling basis between April and October 2015.
Food Lion will continue to launch enhancements for customers across all of its 1,100 stores in 2015, as well as remodels in markets over time. Raleigh is the third market to receive the store remodels. Seventy-six stores in the greater Wilmington and Greenville, North Carolina markets were remodeled in 2014.
Since Food Lion announced its "Easy, Fresh and Affordable. You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day!" strategy in May 2014, the grocer has brought enhancements to its Raleigh market stores including its newest assortment of products, selected based on customer feedback, and new, faster register systems. In addition, Food Lion's approximately 6,000 associates in the Raleigh market have been provided with new customer-centric training.
"We're proud to have been a part of the Raleigh community since 1975, and are excited to bring our Raleigh customers our newest format stores," said Food Lion president Meg Ham. "We've heard from our customers that they're seeking an easy, quick, convenient shopping experience, with quality, fresh products and the low prices they've come to expect from Food Lion. Through the remodels, this is exactly what Food Lion will deliver."
Newk’s Eatery enters San Antonio, plans 30 new stores
Jackson, Miss. – Newk’s Eatery is entering the San Antonio, Texas area as part of a broader expansion plan that includes 30 new franchise and corporate stores in 2015. The fast-casual dining chain has signed a franchise agreement with Stephen Kuehler, who will lead the chain's expansion into the San Antonio area.
Kuehler will open his first Newk's in New Braunfels, Texas, and plans to open two additional restaurants in north San Antonio and the surrounding area. Newk’s currently has 77 units in 13 states, predominantly in the Southeast.
Retailers in expansion mode
New York — Retailers making headlines with store expansion plans for 2015 include a mix of global players as well as some familiar national brands. Here’s an update:
• Famed British toy retailer Hamleys is coming across the pond. The 225-year old company is looking at a multiple store roll-out throughout the United States. Hamleys, which has 49 stores across 17 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, is most famous for its seven-story location on Regent Street in London.
• British women’s activewear brand Sweaty Betty plans to expand its U.S. footprint, and has received a strategic growth investment from U.S. private equity firm Catterton to that end. It currently operates 40 plus stores in the United Kingdom, and two in the United States, where it recently launched a website.
• Fast-fashion giants H&M and Forever 21 are in full expansion mode. Forever 21 has plans to open 600 stores over the next three years; Swedish powerhouse H&M has committed to 400 global stores in 2015, with an emphasis on the United States and China.
• For GNC, 2015 is a year of expansion. The retailer plans to open 125 total net new domestic (including both company-owned and franchised stores), and approximately 30 net new GNC-Rite Aid store-within-a-store locations.
• Whole Foods Market hole Foods Market has set itself an ambitious agenda for 2015 with 38 to 42 new store openings, and 200 store refreshes.
• Tractor Supply Company will open 110 to 115 stores and build a new Southwest distribution center, in Casa Grande, Arizona. Tractor Supply Company has increased its domestic store growth target to 2,500 stores from 2,100 stores.
• Fast-casual restaurant chain Newk's Eatery plans to open nearly 30 new corporate and franchised locations.