Supermarket giant to open its first restaurant
The Kroger Co. is looking to extend its share of consumers' food dollars — this time, however, it’s aiming for the dollars spent on meals outside the home.
The supermarket retailer is opening its first-ever full-service restaurant, which will be located next to Kroger's new Marketplace store in Union, Kentucky. In a nod to the year Kroger was founded, the restaurant will be called Kitchen 1883. It will open in late October.
The eatery will offer what Kroger described as a fresh take on "new American comfort food." It will serve lunch and dinner, along with brunch on the weekends.
"With Kitchen 1883, our goal is to create a gathering place that offers a genuinely delicious place to relax and experience our food," said Daniel Hammer, Kroger's VP of culinary development and new business. "The restaurant will feature a made-from-scratch menu, hand-crafted cocktails and a community-centered atmosphere."
In hiring staff for the restaurant, Kroger said it is looking for individuals who have "a passion for people and the food that people love to eat."
"Team members will be encouraged to share their passion for food with guests and help create an environment focused on hospitality and quality service that is unmatched in the industry," the company said in a release.
Target expands health clinic initiative
Target Corp. is adding more health clinics to its stores.
Target is opening clinics staffed and operated by Kaiser Permanente in 31 of the chain's stores In Southern California. The expansion builds on an existing collaboration the two companies launched in 2014.
Currently, there are four Kaiser Permanente-staffed Target Clinics in Southern California, with four set to open in November — two in San Diego, one in Orange County and one in Riverside. The rest are set to open in existing stores over the next three years.
"From annual flu shots to care for a child's sore throat, guests in our four pilot stores have told us they appreciate having access to high-quality health care services from Kaiser Permanente during their Target run,” Target senior director of wellness Steve Lafferty said. “Expanding the number of Target Clinic locations makes these offerings available to even more Southern California guests, and gives Kaiser Permanente members additional reasons to choose Target's easy, convenient and inspiring shopping experience.”
The clinics will be branded “Target Clinic, care provided by Kaiser Permanente” and be staffed by licensed nurse practitioners and vocational nurses, with physicians available for telemedicine consultations. It will offer such services as pediatric care, women’s health care, chronic disease monitoring and care, basic dermatology services and treatment for such minor illnesses as strep throat, vaccinations, sinus pain, earaches, asthma and cold and flu.
MinuteClinic has been providing Kaiser Permanente administrative services in support of the existing Target clinics, and it will provide the same services to the new ones when they open. After a clinic visit, Kaiser Permanente patients can receive a one-time fill at the CVS Pharmacy co-located to the Target Clinic.
First Look: Pottery Barn flagship, New York City
Pottery Barn is showing off its latest store concept at its just-opened flagship in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.
Located in a landmark Beux-Arts styled building, the 17,000-sq.-ft. store features original columns and adorned ceiling accents. It emphasizes local partnerships, design services and exclusive products, including one-of-kind vintage items.
The flagship is the first Pottery Barn location to feature the retailer’s new design initiative, The Package Deal – Home in a Box. It offers a curated menu of furniture pieces that serve as a base to a well-designed bedroom or living room, with packages starting at $1,000. Suggested vignettes are displayed on the floor, with information about the various package deals displayed in adjacent signage. The room offerings will vary each season as different products and pricing tiers are introduced.
The store’s offerings also include “Design Crew,” a new design services initiative that enables customers to work with a team of designers who will help them find the right products and services across Williams-Sonoma’s eight brands (Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, Mark and Graham, Rejuvenation, and West Elm). In-home installation services including, room painting, drape installation, gallery wall hanging and more will be available.
To mark the store opening, Pottery Barn partnered with local artists to design exclusive products and local photographers to create original content that celebrates the brand against the backdrop of New York City.