Rouses Markets to Launch Drone Delivery Pilot

Rouses Markets will test an unmanned grocery delivery pilot program this fall. The grocer has partnered with Deuce Drone to conduct the pilot at the Rouses Market on Airport Boulevard in Mobile, Alabama. Donny Rouse, CEO of Rouses Markets, said in a statement, “Drone delivery offers the fastest, safest delivery store to door. We should be able to get groceries to customers in 30 minutes or even less. Plus it’s more cost efficient, meaning we can save customers time and money.”​ Related: Mobile Kiosk, Cart Maker Eyes Grocery Expansion; FreshDirect Launches 2-Hour…

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Cardenas Markets to Open LA Location

Cardenas Markets will open its first store in the Los Angeles area on July 1, reports Progressive Grocer. The store will open in Whittier, California in a former Stater Bros. location, which has undergone an interior renovation that “highlights the company’s new design concept while also spotlighting Whittier’s rich history.” “We are humbled and honored to serve the Whittier community,” said John Gomez, CEO of Ontario, California-based Cardenas Markets. “Our warm, friendly, and knowledgeable team members work hard to bring families and communities together by providing our customers great food,…

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Schnuck Markets Closes Iowa Location

Schnuck Markets will permanently close its Bettendor, Iowa store on Sunday, August 16. All 80 of the stores employees will be offered transfers to other Shnucks stores and retain their same rate of pay. “Our teammates have put forth a great effort and have been proud to contribute to the Bettendorf community; unfortunately, the store has simply not been profitable,” said Schnucks chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck, in a statement. “While this was not a decision we made lightly, we know our teammates’ contributions – as individuals and as a…

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Competition & Markets Authority launches cancellation investigation | News

The Competition & Markets Authority is to launch an investigation into concerns over cancellation policies across the hospitality industry. With airlines and travel agents in some cases offering vouchers instead of the cash refunds consumers are legally entitled to, the body said it had seen increasing numbers of complaints related to the issue. Such vouchers can often only be used during a more expensive period. The topic now accounts for four out of five complaints being received by the Covid-19 taskforce, which monitors market developments and identifies the big problems…

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The Impact of COVID-19: Q&A with Barons Market’s Shemirani

Rachel Shemirani, senior vice president of Barons Market, a Southern California family-run company with nine specialty food stores, spoke to Specialty Food News about navigating the current business environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Has anything unexpected happened during this pandemic? We were in the midst of opening our 9th store in Otay Ranch and the COVID-19 pandemic put a little wrench in those plans. There will be no soft opening or big grand opening but we are going to make it work; hopefully opening in a week or two with…

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The Impact of COVID-19: Q&A with Woodstock Farmers’ Market’s Grocery Leader

Amelia Rappaport, grocery team leader at Woodstock Farmers’ Market in Woodstock, Vt., spoke with Specialty Food News about navigating the current business environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Has anything unexpected happened during the pandemic? Well, in order to concentrate our energy on keeping our original store running, we had to close our recently-opened new store, for now. We also have gone to all curbside pickup, click-and-collect model, with customers filling out an online order form and employees picking items for them. Did you merchandise your store in any way to…

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Schnuck Markets Location to Remain Closed

Schnuck Markets will permanently close its Oakwood location in Alton, Ill. after temporarily closing it last month. The lease for the location expires in June and it will not be renewed. The store’s 45 employees will continue to work at other Schnucks stores in the area. “Even prior to the pandemic, shoppers in the River Bend area had overwhelmingly chosen instead to visit our nearby Alton store, which is only a mile and a half away, and our Godfrey location which is less than two miles away,” said Schnucks chairman and…

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Schnuck Markets Acquires Illinois IGA Location

St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. has acquired an IGA store in Mahomet, Ill. The store will reopen as Schnucks on April 1. The Schnucks human resources team has spoken to the store’s 79 employees to make employment offers. Current owners Brooks and Tammy Marsh will remain the owners of the building, which will be leased to Schnucks. “Our mission is to nourish people’s lives, and we’re excited to be able to bring that philosophy to the people of Mahomet while also adding the store’s employees and their grocery experience to…

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Kroger to Close Fresh Eats Markets

Kroger will close its Fresh Eats Market concept stores in the Columbus, Ohio area, reports NBC4. The Fresh Eats Market locations on Waggoner Road and Norton Road will close on March 4. A Kroger spokesperson said in a statement, “As part of a portfolio review, we have made the decision to discontinue the Fresh Eats Market concept. From the pilot, we have learned many things about how to provide quality, fresh, and new foods to our customers. We will incorporate these learnings in other parts of our business.” Full Story Related: Kroger Lobbies…

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New markets drive Ras Al Khaimah to new tourism record | News

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced strong visitor figures for 2019, with arrivals up almost four per cent to 1.12 million. RevPAR stood at an $115, reflected by the strong yearly occupancy rates, averaging at 74 per cent. Last year’s inbound growth was spurred by the variety of activities undertaken by the emirate, inclusive of the launch of the Jais Sky Tour, and hosting of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, Tough Mudder and the prestigious UAE Tour. Visitors from Russia, India…

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