Fresh & Easy set to open four stores in July
El Segundo, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Wednesday announced plans to open four stores in July, which will be the chain’s first stores to open in California’s Pasadena, Oxnard and Santa Barbara counties.
Fresh & Easy, the U.S. division of Tesco, currently operates 120 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Natural Grocers opens first Utah store
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage opened its first Utah location in Tuesday, in St. George, Utah, according to a report in southwest Utah publication Main Street Journal.
The independent grocery chain sells natural and organic products. It operates 32 stores in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.
In April the chain announced it would be among the first grocers in the nation to go completely “bag-free,” offering no paper or plastic shopping bags at any of its stores.
Smashburger reveals aggressive expansion plans
Grand Junction, Colo.
On Monday, privately held fast-food chain Smashburger opened its first franchise stores in Grand Junction, Colo., launching what the company said is a 40-unit expansion in 2009 via franchising, according to QSR Magazine.
The 14-unit chain has stores slated to open in Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Idaho later this year, as well as more stores in Colorado, the report said.
The retailer said it plans to open about 200 franchise locations in the next few years, including a deal with multi-unit operator SB Alamo Development, LLC for 45 units in Texas and New Mexico. The first two stores in that deal will open in San Antonio, Texas, during the next few weeks.