Specialty and gourmet


Vallarta Supermarkets opens its 55th store

The new location in Carson, California, is the grocer’s first to include an area in which shoppers can order customized fruit bowls with toppings.


Trader Joe’s to open store in Forest Hills, New York

The community is known as the hometown of Spider Man’s alter ego, Peter Parker, and the grocery store’s interior will feature comic book art.

The specialty grocer said the area has shown significant growth, leading it to invest further in the market.

President Eric Stover previously served as CEO of the company’s largest banner, Cardenas Markets, and Chief Operating Officer Prabash Coswatte was chief administrative officer for Heritage.

The retailer is adding hundreds of new value-focused holiday food and beverage items, bringing back Marks & Spencer gourmet gifts and more as it looks to hire 100,000 seasonal workers.

The specialty grocer’s newest store, slated to open Friday in Haddon Township, New Jersey, caps a busy summer of grand openings.

The company’s pesticide-free produce is now available at all California-based Whole Foods and Gelson’s Markets locations. The move comes as two other indoor farms have recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

The American Innovation Index, based on research from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and others, also listed the specialty grocer as the fourth-most innovative company overall.

The specialty grocer’s CEO and vice CEO took to the retailer’s monthly podcast to dispel some rumors, including whether the chain would ever install self-checkout kiosks. (Spoiler alert: No.)

The Asian grocery chain describes itself as “a place where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and flavors of the Philippines and experience the warmth and hospitality of its people.”

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