Nestled in the valleys of Virginia rests the Ashburn community — where Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant at Belmont Chase offers an upscale casual dining experience with a full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store. Paying tribute to the town it loves, Cooper’s Hawk at Belmont Chase recently released a city-etched, limited edition bottle of a special blend wine.
To envision a store without products is not so far-fetched of an idea as one might think. In fact, shoppers this holiday season may encounter some “un-stores” that bring immersive experience to the forefront of shopping.
With their latest announcement, Whole Foods Market shows it’s still a brand that stays in touch with its customers’ desires. After compiling results from a group of Whole Foods buyers and experts, including doctors and sommeliers, Whole Foods has discovered what foods need to be stocked in its stores in 2018. Some of the items on the list of anticipated food trends may surprise you.
Arby’s, the fast-food chain famous for its roast beef sandwiches, announced it will pay $2.4 billion for fast-casual, chicken-wing sensation Buffalo Wild Wings. While the deal awaits approval from the Buffalo Wild Wings shareholders, Arby’s majority owner private-equity firm, Roark Capital Group, reports it is committed to the deal.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regency Centers Corporation (“Regency” or the “Company”), a national owner, operator, and developer of grocery-anchored shopping centers has acquired 8-acres of prime retail land in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. for the development of a 51,000-square-foot retail project anchored by GreenWise Market, a Publix Super Markets concept.
Modern pizza shops bear little resemblance to their predecessors. Big, hot ovens are still needed to move pizzas through the process, but fast-casual pizza is taking a slice out of traditional legacy brands in more ways than one. A recent Harris Poll reveals California-based Blaze Pizza finished second among the best pizza chain brands, behind Papa John’s and ahead of Pizza Hut, which has more than 7,000 locations in the U.S. Blaze also earned the top spot for fastest growth, according to Forbes — it opened more than 220 stores in four years and has another 400 spots secured for the future. These fast-casual spots are marked by an open space dining experience, with eager servers waiting behind an ingredient bar ready to create customizable, fast pizzas with quality ingredients.
In the wake of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, a new wave of brick-and-mortar bookstores is rising to meet the high demand for printed books. Around the world in small towns and big cities, readers still prefer printed books over electronic versions. From small independent shops like Dallas’ recently opened Interabang to 30,000+ square-foot Bookstop, a smaller version of Barnes & Noble, the atmosphere to engage with books and buddies continues to draw people away from their electronic devices and into a world of printed books.
As young consumers continue to attract marketers, many retailers this year will be participating in the pre-Thanksgiving millennial tradition of Friendsgiving. A recent survey suggests 30 percent of millennials plan to participate in some type of Friendsgiving this year, and retailers are stepping up. In 2016, retailers Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic jumped into Friendsgiving by featuring Instagram-worthy drinks, décor, and head-to-toe style.