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News and analysis on new brick-and-mortar concepts, store design, construction and facilities management.

Ingles network upgrade eases IoT integration, curbside pickup

A Southeastern grocery chain is modernizing its technology infrastructure to enhance a range of store operations.

Ikea debuts new small store format

Ikea has unveiled its first store to open in the U.S. with a smaller format.

Another restaurant chain is emphasizing its drive-thru business.

Conn's has its sight set on Florida. 

There are plenty of convenience stores in the U.S., but not as many as there were a year ago.

The J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is increasing its commitment to improve supply chain sustainability performance related to energy, water, and chemicals in 2021 and beyond.

Walmart manages temperature, operating functions and energy use in stores using a network of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Under the pandemic’s ongoing public health and economic impact, retailers are being challenged to do everything possible to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their indoor shopping areas and work environments.

The nearly year-long focus on safety protocols is resonating with customers, but it may be diverting attention from other areas.

Macy’s is returning to Texas with its off-mall concept.

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has released new guidance to address the control of airborne infectious aerosol exposure.

Macy’s is starting to streamline its store portfolio.

Citi Trends is bullish on store growth amid strong holiday sales. 

Bed Bath & Beyond is moving on its previously announced plans to close about 200 locations by 2022.

RH (formerly known as Restoration Hardware) is making an equity investment of $105 million in real estate in Aspen, Colo.

After some 42 years in business, Family Video is closing all its stores.

A second travel retailer is bringing the Amazon “Just Walk Out” technology solution to airport stores.

Aldi is updating and expanding its footprint in Florida.

Charming Charlie is back in business.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is escalating the rollout of VillageMD health care clinics co-located at Walgreens’ stores.

Ahold Delhaize is piloting an automated solution for disinfecting air and surfaces in two of its U.S. supply chain facilities.

Watch out for Kohl’s, Dollar General and HomeGoods in 2021. 

A fast-casual restaurant dedicated to Texas BBQ and helping those less fortunate is coming to California.

Pet Supplies Plus is extending its reach by buying 40 stores from a failed competitor. 

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