Winn-Dixie opens second remodeled SaveRite store
Jacksonville, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores has opened its second remodeled SaveRite store in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 47,000-sq.-ft. warehouse-style store in Jacksonville’s Westside is patterned after a SaveRite on the Northside that reopened in January 2009 with lower pricing on thousands of items and monthly specials.
“In moving forward with this design concept, we spent a great deal of time reviewing our customers’ shopping preferences and how the SaveRite concept was fulfilling customer needs,” said Dan Portnoy, Winn-Dixie’s chief merchandising and marketing officer.
Portnoy said the company was able to cut costs and lower prices at the pilot SaveRite store on the Northside by focusing only on those items and services that customers wanted most.
The Westside store includes a full-service seafood department, enhanced produce and meat departments and an in-store pharmacy.
Best Buy readies U.K. launch
London Best Buy Co. will open its first British store in May, the retailer said on Monday, as partner Carphone Warehouse completed its demerger from telecoms arm TalkTalk.
According to a report by Reuters, Best Buy said it would open a 50,000-sq.-ft. megastore in Thurrock, east of London, in May, slightly later than the April date it had previously flagged. That debut will be followed by stores in Southampton, southern England and Merry Hill, central England in June, and then Liverpool in the weeks after that and Croydon, south London, in the autumn.
Best Buy acquired 50% of Carphone Warehouse’s retail business in 2008 and originally planned a debut in Britain in the summer of 2009. That was delayed because of the global downturn.
Shares in Carphone Warehouse, Europe’s biggest mobile phone retailer, rose on Monday following their demerger from telecoms business TalkTalk.
One analyst said the move was helped by stronger-than-expected results from Best Buy last week, at a time when Carphone’s shares were suspended ahead of the demerger.
Belgian supermarket Colruyt plans 70-store expansion
Brussels Belgian retailer Colruyt said it sees a potential to open 70 more of its Colruyt supermarkets in coming years, its chairman told a Belgian newspaper.
Jef Colruyt said in an interview with Belgian business daily L’Echo that the group planned to open 17 shops in Belgium this year — five Colruyt supermarkets, eight OKay corner stores and three Dreamland toy shops.
“In the long run, we have a list of 70 possible locations for Colruyt [supermarkets],” Jef Colruyt told the newspaper. “If we could open 40 to 50 at four to five per year that would be good.”
He added that the group believed it could increase its number of OKay corner stores to 170 from 65 now and could add about 80 more shops to its network of 260 Spar stores.
In France, Colruyt planned to open 10 new stores per year, the group’s chairman said.
“As for other countries, the Netherlands is on ice, but we will study the possibilities in Eastern Europe. But one should not expect anything in the next two years,” he said.
By the end of December 2009, the Belgian retail business consisted of 214 Colruyt, 63 OKay and six Bio-Planet stores for food and of 38 non-food stores of the DreamLand Group. The activities in France comprised 48 owned stores.