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How Restaurants and Grocers are Blending into New Concepts

By Alan Roth, Managing Director of the eastern U.S. for Regency Centers

If you remain status quo, then you can expect to be left behind — even in the food industry. Across the country, restaurants and grocers are rapidly changing the status quo, and Regency Centers is at the forefront.

Look at grocery, which is arguably the most exciting and dynamic retail category in 2018. Grocery headlines often focus on Amazon and Whole Foods Market, but the category has been evolving quickly for the last several years.

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Terrific Things Happening in Grocery

Jim Thompson is Executive Vice President of Operations for Regency Centers. 

It’s no secret that being grocery-anchored is a key fundamental to our continued success. Eighty percent of our centers have a grocery component, complemented by a merchandising mix of convenience, daily needs and service-focused retailers.

It has given us a lot of insight into how things are evolving on a macro, as well as, a micro level. Even as grocers modify their in-store experiences for today’s consumer, they are still looking for the same elements of quality retail in order to be successful: high visibility, ease of access, and convenience. It is how they are using these elements in new ways that is the real driver of change.

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Check Out LA's Newest Hip and Health-Conscious Convenience Store

With modern-day grocery store options ranging from Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods and everything in-between, there seems to be a shopping experience – and product inventory – for every taste and palate under the sun. So what about a healthy variety of smaller-scale convenience stores? PR veteran Rachel Krupa wondered the same, so she created The Goods Mart: a sleek, healthy and community-focused quick-stop shop.

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Kroger acquires NYC flagship of Murray’s Cheese

Kroger Co. has acquired the building housing the New York City flagship of Murray’s Cheese, the specialty cheese shop with outposts in hundreds of Kroger supermarkets nationwide.

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Retailers tie in to healthy resolutions

Now that the season of holiday feasting is winding down, food retailers are seeking to capitalize on consumers’ resolutions to eat healthier in the new year. Several kicked off their 2017 social media campaigns with pitches to consumers who have their sights set on shedding holiday pounds or perhaps making renewed commitments to living healthier lifestyles. Some of those retailers are leveraging these New Year’s resolution tie-ins to kick off new healthy-eating programs or to remind consumers of existing ones.

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Aldi to Rival Whole Foods Market at Healthiest Grocer

As 2017 nears, German retailer Aldi announced that effective January 1 it will remove eight pesticides — thiamethoxam, chlorpyrifos, clothianidin, cypermethrin, delatametrin, fipronil, imidacloprid and sulfoxaflor — from all products residing on its store's shelves across America.

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Viewpoints: Start 2017 Off Right with the Top 10 priorities for Grocery Stores

Now that we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s important to take a step back and analyze what we learned from 2016 and how these learnings can be applied to 2017 initiatives.

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Amazon Wants to Open 2,000 Grocery Stores Across the U.S.

Amazon has big plans for its brick-and-mortar grocery stores. The e-retailer wants to open 2,000 Amazon Fresh grocery stores in the U.S. within the next 10 years, according to documents obtained by Business Insider. Amazon will start by opening 20 stores over the next couple of years as a pilot program, while also testing out two different store concepts.

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Sprouts to Move Into New Markets

Sprouts Farmers Market has finally confirmed its plans to expand in the Sunshine State.

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The Hottest Retailers Right Now Are… Supermarkets?

Supermarket chains dominated a list of hottest retailers in 2015, according to information released by the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) STORES magazine.

The trend is reflective of “grocers moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach and adopting new practices that focus more on their brands and shoppers,” according to NRF.

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German discount grocer Lidl quietly buying sites in Northern Virginia

Lidl might not be a household name for shoppers in the D.C. region, but the German-based discount grocer could soon be based on its activity in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. The international firm acquired a 5.3-acre site in Leesburg late last month for $3.1 million, the firm's fourth acquisition so far this year just in Northern Virginia.

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Stater Bros. Reducing Lighting 50% for Summer

Stater Bros. Markets said Monday it plans to voluntarily reduce lighting energy 50% at all stores during the summer months from noon until 6 p.m. daily.

“Energy use peaks during that time, and our energy reduction efforts underscore our ongoing commitment to the environment, the community and our employees,” Pete Van Helden, president and CEO of the San Bernardino, Calif.-based chain, said.

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