NPD: U.S. restaurant count up by 4,442 units over last year
Chicago — There were 4,442 more restaurants in the U.S. in fall 2012 than there were in fall 2011, according to a recent U.S. restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group.
The total number of U.S. restaurants is now 616,008, a .7% increase over last year, based on NPD’s Fall 2012 ReCount, which is a count of commercial restaurant locations in the United States compiled in the spring and fall each year.
According to The NPD Group’s CREST, which tracks consumer use of commercial and non-commercial foodservice outlets daily, total restaurant traffic was up 1% for the year ending November 2012, compared with the same period last year. U.S. consumers made 60 billion restaurant visits during the period.
“The changes in spending, consumer visits and unit growth while slight are, at least, on the positive side,” said Greg Starzynski, director – product management, NPD Foodservice. “I expected a cautious approach to unit expansion as consumer visits improved, and I have no reason to suspect that will change in the foreseeable future.”
Wegmans to open in Alexandria, Va.
New York — Wegmans has confirmed plans to open a store in Alexandria, Va., in 2014, according to Washington Business Journal.
The store will be located in Hilltop Village, which is being developed by Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors. The project will feature some 250,000 sq. ft. of retail, anchored by the 143,000-sq.-ft. Wegmans, and 100,000 sq. ft. of office.
Price Chopper names VP technical services
Schenectady, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corp. announced that Sam Wagar has been promoted to the position of VP technical services, reporting directly to R. Gregory Zeh, Jr., VP Information Systems, CIO.
In his new position, Sam will be responsible for assessing, maintaining and recommending technology products and services to support the delivery of enterprise-wide technical services. He will oversee the corporate help desk, technical maintenance, technical operations, technical services and information integration.
In addition Sam will lead the development and implementation of technology architecture standards and roadmaps for the 130-store chain.
Sam joined Price Chopper in 2008 most recently holding the position of Director of Enterprise Architecture.
The Golub Corp. owns and operates 130 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.