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Germany’s discount grocer Lidl lays more tracks for U.S. debut

BY Dan Berthiaume

McLean, Va. – German discount grocer Lidl continues to lay the foundation for its store debut in the United States.

The company which is establishing a U.S. corporate headquarters, in Arlington County, Virginia, announced it will also open a regional headquarters and distribution center facility in Alamance County, North Carolina. The moves are part of Lidl’s early preparations to expand into the U.S.

“We are thrilled to open new facilities in North Carolina and look forward to introducing American consumers to a different type of shopping experience,” said Brendan Proctor, president and CEO of Lidl U.S. “Our philosophy is simple: we are focused on offering customers top quality products at the most competitive pricing in convenient locations. We plan to build on the foundation that has made Lidl so successful in Europe, while creating a unique experience for American consumers that will be unlike anything else in the market.”

Lidl operates nearly 10,000 stores in 26 countries throughout Europe. The retailer is privately held by the family-owned Schwarz Group.

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Michaels coming to Mill Creek Mall in New Jersey

BY Dan Berthiaume

New Rochelle, N.Y. – Welco Realty Inc. has leased 21,500-sq.-ft. of retailer space to Michaels Stores Inc. at The Mill Creek Mall at Harmon Meadow in Secaucus, N.J. Jerry Welkis, a principal of Welco Realty, represented the landlord, Hartz Mountain Industries.

The tenant was represented by Jamie Sackeim of The Dartmouth Company. Other tenants in the center are PetSmart and Marshall’s/Home Goods. Adjacent tenants include Bob’s Furniture, Sports Authority, T.J.Maxx, Toys / Babies R Us, and Kohl’s.

Target opening date for Michaels is spring 2016.

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Where’s my Slurpee? 7-Eleven enters one-hour era

BY CSA STAFF

7-Eleven Inc. is taking its mantra of "what customers want, when and where they want it" a giant step further through a new partnership with the Postmates app.

The company has introduced on-demand delivery through Postmates iOS, Android or web app, in Northern California. An assortment of 7-Eleven's products from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items is just a few taps away and will be delivered by Postmates to customers in an hour or less.

"7-Eleven's founder, Joe C. Thompson Jr., used to say 7-Eleven's mission was to 'give customers what they want, when and where they want it'," said Raja Doddala, 7-Eleven's vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. "Through the modern-day technology that Postmates provides, we can fulfill that promise in a way we haven't done before."

This is 7-Eleven's first official foray into delivery and fulfills a component of the company's omnichannel strategy to provide time-pressed customers solutions to their everyday needs while transforming its outlets from convenience to convenient, neighborhood stores.

"Through our partnership with Postmates, 7-Eleven's reach extends beyond our physical stores," Doddala said. "The program should work well for us because it appeals to our customers who are more on-the-go, connected 24/7 and prefer fast-paced, urban living. Plus, we have market concentration in these geographic areas, which makes shopping with us through Postmates even more convenient for the customer.

Doddala expects to expand delivery later this year to other areas where there is a high density of 7-Eleven stores – Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

"By partnering with 7-Eleven, we will be able to provide both 7-Eleven and Postmates customers access to groceries, fresh food and other goods across all markets that our companies are both operating in." said Holger Luedorf, Postmates senior vice president. "In providing 7-Eleven with a digital storefront and giving its team access to our fleet of more than 12,000 Postmates, we are making the experience even more convenient for our joint customers."

Texas-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7-Eleven® stores in North America and 56,200 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries.

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