Specialty and gourmet


A new gourmet grocery store opens in Scottsdale, Arizona

The 5,000-square-foot Gastromé Market features wines, cheeses and handcrafted items from local purveyors.


Specialty Grocer HMart Opening a New Store in California

The location in Irvine will have a food hall market eatery, as well as fresh produce, meat, seafood and Asian groceries.

HMart's location in Pearl City, Hawaii, will open July 22, while the Quincy location in Massachusetts will open July 28.

Collaboration with Local Express enables independent stores to offer delivery to more shoppers and communities.

"Growth will continue, but at a slower pace than the industry experienced during the 2020 pandemic-influenced whirlwind of grocery shopping and at-home meal preparation," says Denise Purcell of the Specialty Food Association.

In addition to the contactless shopping experience, the small-footprint store features more than 800 local products from nearly 100 local suppliers.

The hybrid corner store/cafe and delivery market is expanding its outreach with a new delivery service, Foxtrot Anywhere, that will ship curated gift boxes featuring its top-selling treats and products nationwide.

Coming this fall and winter, the retailer’s stand-alone Wall to Wall Wine and Spirits location will also feature specialty grocery items such as cheese, charcuterie, chips and crackers.

Steven Rosenberg shares how he and his team overcame the challenges of last year, and what he hopes his legacy will be.

"Whether they were having a dinner party for one or two at home, [consumers] still wanted an elevated experience," says Jonna Parker of IRI.

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