Current News Around the Industry

Wagamama to build a bigger US presence

Japanese-inspired restaurant chain Wagamama will expand into its fourth US market with the opening next month of its first unit in Tampa, Florida. The chain, which began in London, has six US units in Atlanta, Boston and New York City. Nation’s Restaurant News

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H-E-B planning e-commerce fulfillment center in Texas

H.E. Butt Grocery has opened a new store in Cibolo, Texas, and plans to cut the ribbon on a 55,000-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment center there later this year outfitted with automation solutions. The center will join a growing footprint of fulfillment facilities that have brought curbside

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Levi looks to Europe for growth in 2023

Levi Strauss will open about 100 stores in Europe this year. The denim retailer reported higher-than-expected revenue and earnings in the quarter ended Nov. 27 and a 10% year-over-year sales increase in November and December. CNBC

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Simon oversees modernization of a Massachusetts retail center

Construction is underway on the second phase of a upgrades on Simon Property Group-operated Northshore Mall in Peabody, Massachusetts. The redevelopment is known as The Promenade and includes outdoor and patio seating and a community stage, as well as the addition of Arhuas and L.L.

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Sam’s Club plans 30 new stores, 5 fulfillment centers

Walmart-owned warehouse retailer Sam’s Club is shifting back into growth mode with plans to add 30 new US stores and five fulfillment centers in the coming years. Growing demand among inflation-weary consumers has spurred Sam’s Club to plan the new locations after a pause of

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citizenM expanding in Miami

A European hotel chain with 42 properties around the world has arrived in Miami, offering budget stays in a rapidly changing downtown. Netherlands-based citizenM Hotels opened at Miami Worldcenter at 700 NE Second Ave., after its local debut in Brickell in November. The 11-story hotel

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Hotel construction shows signs of life

Hotel construction, which has declined for the past two years. showed a slight increase at the end of the year, STR reports. Luxury and upscale hotels in Dallas, New York and Phoenix have the largest percentage increases in construction. Lodging  

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Why eatertainment concepts are finding new fans

Eatertainment concepts like Topgolf’s new three-story facility in Louisville, Kentucky are just as much about playing and the experience of fun as they are about the food and drink. Chuck E. Cheese introduced its entertainment concept more than 45 years ago, and today a growing

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Smaller grocery formats getting big this year

The average US grocery size is shrinking as retailers such as Wegmans Food Markets and Publix Super Markets try out smaller formats in the face of rising real estate and construction costs and a wider adoption of online shopping. Meijer will open its first smaller

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January 26th, 2023
The 13th Annual Hybrid Summit will be held on January 26th, 2023 Noon to 4 PM EST.

Virtual Women in Construction: Building Connections was held on December 14th, 2022, 1 PM to 2 PM EST via a Zoom. 2023 Virtual Women in Construction TBD.

2023 Virtual Men’s Round Tables

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Kroger signs on to backup energy storage solution in California

Kroger is adopting e2Cos.’ R3Di system to guard its Ralphs distribution center in California against power outages. Installation for the backup energy storage solution is expected to wrap up by early summer, allowing the on-site system to be used as primary or standby backup power

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