Regional grocery chain operator continues rapid expansion across Florida
Southeastern Grocers is keeping up a swift pace as it opens eight new stores in the Sunshine State.
The company will open five new Fresco y Más stores in South Florida, and three new Harveys Supermarkets in West Florida. Among with the strategic conversion of Winn-Dixie stores into Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarkets, these two brands have become the fastest growing banners in the company.
Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket locations emphasize the company’s multi-format approach as it continues to diversify its retail footprint. By listening to customers and evaluating key consumer insights, Southeastern Grocers is also personalizing each banner to provide the shopping experience, products and services that meet the needs of the communities they operate in.
Specifically, the company’s newest banner, Fresco y Más, caters to an ever-growing Hispanic population with amenities such as a full-service Latin Butcher, authentic prepared foods, and Latin-style cafe. Meanwhile, the new Harveys Supermarket stores will provide customers with a personalized shopping experience complete with products fit for their unique community that offer significant value and great prices every day.
“The unprecedented success we have witnessed over the past year at our Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket banners is a clear indicator that we are providing localized shopping experiences that resonate with our customers,” said Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers.
“Rather than relying on one store model, we are entrenching ourselves in the communities we serve to better understand each unique landscape, and our customers’ shopping habits,” he said. “More than ever, we are committed to providing our customers with quality, service and value, and the overwhelming positive response from shoppers indicates we are earning their trust as we continue to unveil new Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket stores.”
The launch of five new Fresco y Más locations will expand the banner to 23 stores throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
Harveys Supermarket’s three new stores in West Florida will grow the banner to a total of 80 locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Gourmet gifting retailer will ‘pop up’ in more locations for the holidays
Harry & David is bolstering its store fleet for the upcoming holiday season.
The gourmet gifting retailer will open approximately 20 pop-up stores nationwide this holiday season. The stores, which will operate in key market areas across the United States, will augment Harry & David’s 46 permanent retail locations.
The stores will feature an assortment of gourmet food gifts, including fruits, truffles, specialty chocolates, premium popcorn, novelty candy, bakery items and an array of holiday gift baskets and towers.
Stores have already started to open, and will stay in business until just after the holiday season ends.
“Harry & David has long been a part of America’s holiday gift-giving tradition, and we are excited to make our extraordinary products even more accessible to customers through our seasonal pop-up store initiative,” said Steve Lightman, president, Harry & David. “Our team looks forward to welcoming shoppers at all of our retail locations.”
Report: Ikea to debut ‘open-source’ showrooms
A home furnishings retailer is scaling down its showrooms in a move to better appeal to its customers’ changing shopping habits.
Ikea is testing “open-source” designs at its full-range town-center showrooms. These are more accessible retail locations used for shoppers to pick up their purchases, according to Reuters.
While these are smaller locations, the spaces will display Ikea’s entire assortment range with the help of new digital tools, such as virtual reality, the report said.
The program is being spearheaded by the company’s brand owner and franchiser Inter Ikea division. This group also manages the company’s Supply chain management and design operations.
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