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Amazon picks Los Angeles for new grocery format

Amazon will open a new grocery store in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills neighborhood next year, one that won’t compete with its more than 500 Whole Foods Markets stores or its Amazon Go cashierless locations. Amazon hasn’t shared details about how …

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Canada’s Moose Knuckles builds a NYC flagship

Canadian outwear company Moose Knuckles is making its official retail debut in New York City, expecting word-of-mouth and existing wholesale partnerships to build a cult-like following in the U.S. Read the Glossy story here

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Lidl, ALDI map UK grocery growth plans

German discount grocer Lidl will speed its UK growth with plans to open 230 new locations in the next three years. ALDI is also in growth mode in the UK, and combined the companies control a 14% share of the …

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NYC’s Hotel Pennsylvania turns 100 with rejuvenation

New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania, once the world’s largest, is celebrating its centennial this year by wrapping up the second installment of a three-stage renovation. The 1,705-room landmark was known for innovation from its beginnings and was among the first …

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Comfort Inn makeover counted on for Choice resurgence

The cost of revitalizing the flagship Comfort Inn brand dampened third-quarter performance for Choice Hotels International, but the infusion will pay off handsomely. Renovated properties under the brand, which provides nearly half Choice’s revenue, far outpaced the industry in revenue-per-room …

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Kroger unveils new logo, universal slogan

Kroger has unveiled an updated logo and a slogan that will be used across its entire store portfolio. Kroger, Ralphs, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer and several other banners will now operate under the slogan “Fresh for Everyone.” Read the …

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Retailers innovate store formats with a service focus

Traditional retailers including Walmart and Nordstrom are experimenting with new formats and services to stay competitive and drive store traffic. Walmart and Starbucks are both testing pickup-only locations, and Nordstrom’s Local format offers order pickup, tailoring and other services. Read …

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Boutique hotel featured in $100M Memphis complex

A $100 million mixed-use project in the Germantown, Tennessee, near Memphis will include a 174-room upscale boutique hotel, newly detailed plans show. Developers recently won local planning authority approval and hope to begin work on Carrefour at the Gateway by …

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P.F. Chang’s to test nightclub concept in Miami

P.F. Chang’s will transform a Miami restaurant into a nightclub called Chang’s After Dark, three nights per week after 11 p.m. The late-night offerings will include a limited menu, craft cocktails and bottle service, and guests must be at least …

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Starbucks opens first mobile pick-up store in NYC

Starbucks will open a mobile cafe format today in New York City’s Penn Plaza, where customers will be encouraged to order and pay via the Starbucks app. The concept, called Starbucks Pick-Up, is about half the size of a normal …

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