Store Design Digest

May 7, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Welcome to the second issue of the Multisite Project Management Digest, which focuses on facility management, rebranding, refreshes, and construction project management in multisite industries like retail, restaurants, hotels, multifamily, and grocery.  There are not a lot of projects being announced right now, as companies focus more on surviving the pandemic, but you cannot go into a supermarket or retail store without noticing that sneeze guards have been installed, new signage is everywhere, and restaurants are installing drive-thrus left and right.  There are major project available, and we’re going to keep an eye out for them and let you know when we see any announcements.  In the meantime, if you have any press releases, pertinent blogs, or other news which you would like to share with this audience, please feel free to send them to me ([email protected]).  Have a great rest of the week!

Issue #2

Sprouts Plans to Add 10% More Stores, Smaller Footprint

The chain has rolled out pickup service to all of its 344 stores, and is looking at a variety of options to expand its ability to meet online demand going forward.

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The drive-thru becomes a pandemic necessity

The windows have drawn long lines of consumers at chains, and even some independents have introduced their own versions. Lots of multi-site project potential.

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Shake Shack dips into the drive-thru game

The fast-casual chain acknowledged that its current real estate portfolio is challenging during the coronavirus pandemic and said it is looking to add pickup windows.

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Walgreens Amps Up Drive-Thru Grocery Program

Walgreens expanded its drive-thru offering beyond prescriptions into other store items to give shoppers an alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Walgreens is going one step further.

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CVS Pharmacy To Acquire, Rebrand 110 Schnucks Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy to acquire Schnuck Markets Inc.'s retail and specialty pharmacy businesses. CVS Pharmacy and its subsidiaries will acquire and operate 99 of the grocer's pharmacies and will brand them as CVS Pharmacy.

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Best Buy’s store reopening strategy gives every customer one-on-one service, stores installing sneeze guards

When Best Buy Co. Inc. stores reopen for business, every customer who walks through the doors will be getting something like VIP treatment.

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Reopening your retail store: Step one - signage & screening

Advice from Cleaner Retail – a new one-stop-shop designed to assist in creating a sanitised environment for safer shopping and a clean retail experience for the consumer

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Pandemic highlights the limits of store-based online fulfillment, experts say

The surge in online shopping has caused retailers to rethink their selling floors and backrooms, and to evaluate dedicated facilities.

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Virgin Holidays to rebrand and close 15% of retail stores

Virgin Holidays will become Virgin Atlantic Holidays and will focus on its digital distribution and concessions in Next shops.

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UK’s John Lewis unlikely to reopen all stores post lockdown and is shutting up shop in Ireland completely

According to reports in The Evening Standard, the retailer believes that it is “highly unlikely” that all 50 stores will reopen, with the chain already seen as struggling in the run up to the pandemic – and with sales slumping during the enforced closure.

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What do diners need to feel comfortable going back into restaurants?

New Technomic data reveals that outward displays of stepped-up sanitation practices are important for building consumer trust.

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Amazon Looking To Lease Distressed Retail For Its Expanding Grocery Play

Amazon is ramping up its efforts to lease retail real estate for its in-the-works physical grocery store concept, which will be larger than existing Amazon Go cashierless stores and carry a wider variety of merchandise.

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A new reality as American malls begin to reopen

Simon Property Group, the nation's largest mall operator, reopened several dozen shopping centers across Texas, Georgia and roughly ten other states between Friday and Monday.

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Retail’s Second Act

The retail sector was looking forward to a solid year of sales when the coronavirus hit. As it struggles to get through the crisis, thoughts turn to what the industry will look like when it is over.

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Reflexis Announces Store Reopening Tools to Manage Store Capacity, Appointment Scheduling and Curbside Pickup

Reflexis Systems announced Reflexis Appointments, a solution that helps retailers reopen stores safely for associates and customers while meeting required state and local regulations.

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FutureProof Retail and Associated Wholesale Grocers Partner to Provide Mobile Self-Scanning and Checkout Solutions to Independent Supermarkets

FutureProof Retail (FPR), the leading provider of line-free mobile checkout and service counter solutions, and Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), the nation's largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, announced a partnership to provide FPR's mobile self-scanning checkout and counter service solutions as a no-touch technology solution to AWG member retailers.

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