United Supermarket debuts new United Express format
Lubbock, Texas — United Supermarkets officially entered the convenience market on Wednesday with the opening of its first United Express location, in Lubbock, Texas. It is the company’s first standalone convenience store.
The location includes a six-pump fuel station and will feature fresh offerings along with the traditional items guests would expect to find at a convenience store.
“Our goal with United Express is to take the offerings and products such as prepared foods which have been most successful in our A Taste of Market Street stores, as well as those on-the-go convenience items, and blend them where guests will see traditional offerings with a unique United flair,” explained Chris Bridgford, the company’s director of fuel and convenience operations.
Hhgregg opening in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Indianapolis — Hhgregg announced that it will open a 31,000-sq.-ft. store in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 5.
Like all Hhgregg locations, the new Myrtle Beach store will showcase over 100 digital TVs and has more than 500 major appliances in stock every day.
Timberland’s new San Francisco store is retailer’s greenest to date
Stratham, N.H. — The Timberland Co. on Friday will open a new store in San Francisco, in San Francisco Centre. Designed to reflect the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, the 2,300 sq. ft. space is one of the brand’s most eco-conscious stores to-date. In a first for Timberland, the sales floor is lit entirely with reduced-wattage LED lighting.
Other green build-out features include the use of reclaimed wood and industrial machinery (used for table bases); "Ecotech" recycled stoneware floor tiles; FSC certified woods. Energy Star-eligible equipment and appliances; low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints; and water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The space also features a unique, San Francisco-themed mural celebrating "green spaces" throughout the Bay Area (in the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge).
Additional Timberland stores are scheduled to open in New York City (Herald Square) and other key markets this year — all part of a major retail expansion effort for 2011.