Roche Bros. will open its third small-format Brothers Marketplace store next spring, the retailer said. The move marks a significant investment in the 3-year-old Massachusetts-based banner, which focuses on everyday convenience and meal solutions.
Toys R Us will move forward with plans to hire seasonal staffers for the holidays, despite its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week. The toy retailer has created the new position of toy demonstrator, and it expects to hire more than 12,500 part-time employees in its six largest markets.
US consumers are expected to spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, and 179 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. About 47% of respondents will shop at discount stores for Halloween goodies, 38% will hit specialty shops and 22% will shop online, the survey found.
Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.
TGI Fridays will partner with delivery start-up Lash to give customers the ability to have beer and wine delivered with their food orders via the restaurant chain's app. It will launch later this year in Texas before expanding in 2018.
Wine has been the best-performing asset over the past year among luxury items, according to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index. Wine posted an average 25% gain in value over the past 12 months, far outstripping such other valuables as jewelry and art.
The wine industry is growing dramatically in Ohio, with expansion from 175 wineries in 2012 to 265 last year, according to a report from the Ohio Grape Industries Committee. Ohio is now the US' sixth-biggest winemaking state at 5.9 million gallons per year.
US consumers are showing increased interest in wines from South Africa, with 13% growth in the first half of 2017 according to a Gomberg-Fredriksen report. To keep that growth going, more South African producers need to visit the US and spread the word about its wines, said Jim Clarke, US marketing director for Wines of South Africa.
Buellton, Calif.-based Terravant Wine has rolled out a website that allows customers to blend their own wine to suit their preferences, complete with personalized labels. The system has some built-in guides to keep customers from making something they won't be able to enjoy, said Dave Moser, vice president of Terravant's Direct to Consumer division.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been named national enforcement agency of the year by the The National Liquor Law Enforcement Association. The Virginia department was honored for its community policing work, online education for servers and efforts to stop violence at licensed restaurants.
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