Whole Foods Market opened the doors to its 500th store April 5 in Atlanta. The new 70,000-square-foot, multi-level flagship store aims to be a community gathering destination featuring four fast-casual eateries and more than 1,500 local items from 250 suppliers, many new to Whole Foods Market.
Many grocery retailers talk about experiential shopping, but few deliver the level of interactivity that Loews does, bold examples of food theater that entice folks to visit the store and bring the young'uns rather than site at home and order groceries online – which Lowe's also provides, if you're not in the mood for breakfast, lunch or dinner and a show.
The return of warm weather means exciting seasonal beer and wine products and promotions.
When it comes to beverage alcohol, summer is truly sizzling. Suppliers and retailers can leverage the hot season to sell more of the quaffs that consumers love, linking the products to holidays, entertaining and unique events.
Foremost among summer beverage alcohol selections are beer and wine.
Artisan Brews, now mainstream, rev up to score their share of seasonal sales, in common with other beverage alcohol segments.
Despite their reputation as a small, quirky alternative to the increasingly monolithic major players in the category, craft beers are now decidedly part of the mainstream, with some of them, strictly speaking, not really craft beers at all, or not any more.