Harvest Market (Springfield, Ill.)
The groundbreaking Harvest Market concept, a store that pivots the traditional supermarket focus from the finished product to the elements that make those items up, opens its second location in Springfield, Ill., on Nov. 11.
The first Harvest Market opened in 2016 in Champaign, Ill., and like the Springfield site, replaces a County Market store belonging to Quincy, Ill.-based Niemann Foods, which engaged Los Angeles design firm Shook Kelley to help develop the concept. Among its innovations, the store makes its own butter in an in-store churnery, a concept Niemann officials say provides more than retail theater, but honors the sacrifice of the farmers that produce the cream.
Amazon Fresh (Northridge, Calif.)
The third location of Amazon Fresh, the Seattle e-commerce giant's new physical grocery chain, is moving into a building formerly occupied by its older sister. Whole Foods departed the site, at 19340 Rinaldi St. in Northridge, Calif., for a larger site down the street a year ago. The new Amazon Fresh stores is less than 10 miles from its debut site in Woodland Hills, Calif., and joins a second site that opened in Irvine recently.
Publix (2 locations)
Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets opens a new site in the Sevierville, Tenn., on Nov. 11, and at the Town & Country shopping center in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 12. The 48,000-square-foot Sevierville store, which the company is calling its Smoky Mountain Gateway location, is about 6 miles from the nearest Publix, and directly across the street from an existing Kroger, as their battle throughout the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia continue into the Knoxxville market.
Winn-Dixie (4 locations)
Winn-Dixie is squeezing into four new sites in Florida—the first fruits of its acquisitions earlier this year of various Earth Fare and Lucky's Market sites that closed in respective bankruptcies.
Southeastern Grocers, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent of Winn-Dixie, said the sites—former Earth Fare stores in Boynton Beach, Jacksonville and Lakewood Ranch, and a former Lucky's in Gainesville—would acknowledge the specialty heritage of its predecessors by highlighting what it is calling signature items, including fresh and dried peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms, and a unique assortment of tropical fruits and berries in produce; specialty cheeses; and take-and-bake pizzas, fresh sushi and other grab-and-go meal options in the deli departments.
The retailer is also expanding its sip-and-shop offering with the addition of a fifth WD’s Taproom in the Gainesville store, a concept Lucky's was known for.
“At Southeastern Grocers, we are committed to providing an exceptional shopping experience for all of our customers, and we are proud to soon introduce four new Winn-Dixie stores crafted with offerings for our customers’ distinct tastes and preferences. We’ve expanded our product assortments in these new stores to ensure our customers have fresh, quality products at the right price for every meal. As we expand our footprint, we are able to support more communities throughout Florida and be the grocer our customers and communities can always count on,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said in a statement.
Lidl (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Aldi (5 locations)
Lidl's Best Market takeover and makeover continues with a store in the Suffolk County, N.Y., town of Lake Grove, N.Y., opening Nov. 11. Fast-growing hard discount rival Aldi opens five units this week: Winona, Minn., opens Nov. 11, and units in Brentwood, Tenn., Joplin, Mo., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Shorewood, Ill., open Nov. 12.
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