Fresh & Easy to expand to Bay Area
San Francisco British grocer Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market said it will expand into the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2011, according to a Thursday report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Fresh & Easy, which is owned by U.K.-based Tesco, will open seven stores, including one in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, that will feature automated checkout lines and fresh-made meals in addition to the standard fare.
“We wanted to establish a post-melting-pot (food) format that reflected the wide diversity of the U.S. market and U.S. consumers,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason, who has opened 160 stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada since he arrived in Los Angeles in 2006.
New stores slated to open in 2011 are in San Francisco, San Jose, Danville, Pacifica, Vacaville, Walnut Creek, and Concord, Calif.
Kriser’s Feeding Pets for Life to open at Valencia Crossroads
Valencia, Calif. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency Centers said Tuesday that pet retailer Kriser’s Feeding Pets for Life has leased retail space in Valencia, Calif., at Valencia Crossroads.
Kriser’s Feeding Pets for Life has leased 2,470 sq. ft. and is slated to open in October.
The 179,603-sq.-ft. shopping center is anchored by Kohl’s alongside Whole Foods, Corner Bakery and Starbucks.
Ovando to open on Upper East Side
New York City Winick Realty announced Wednesday that Ovando, a full-service floral and event company, has leased its second retail store at 19 East 65th Street in Manhattan, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.
Ovando is building out the 1,000-sq.-ft. store now and plans to open before the end of 2010.
Ovando already operates one boutique at 337 Bleecker Street, between West 10th Street and Christopher Street, as well as a production studio at 120 West 28th Street, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue.