Subway will open around 1,000 new international locations this year, but plans to close around 500 US stores, the company said Wednesday. The US closures are part of a revitalization plan that will include franchisee investments in new features including self-serve kiosks and Wi-Fi.
Restaurant suppliers can help eateries design new products and add value as true business partners, restaurant executives said during a recent panel. Finding the right supply partners can be a process of trial-and-error, and networking with others in the industry can prove helpful, Pita Pit CEO Peter Riggs said.
A new wave of convenience store operators is redefining the retail niche with shops that combine c-store staples with fresh food options. Stores such as Denver's Choice Market and Chicago's Foxtrot are catering to growing consumer demand for fast-casual quality in a grab-and-go setting.
Even as more consumers embrace online grocery shopping, almost all customers surveyed by NPD said that they still make regular visits to grocery stores. The need to choose fresh foods themselves and the barrier of delivery fees are the main obstacles to online grocery shopping, according to those surveyed.
Walmart Labs aims to hire 150 employees in the Bay Area of California to work on new digital tools and help further integrate the retailer's digital and physical retail efforts. The retailer operates large research and development facilities in San Bruno and Sunnyvale, Calif.
British grocers have joined an agreement that is intended to drastically cut down on the use of single-use plastics such as bags by 2025. The effort will require that all single-use plastic items be either eliminated or redesigned to be recyclable.
Students in an Ohio community can access free summer meals via a mobile meal service. School nutrition professionals are working this summer to combine the meals with free and discounted activities, such as a movie and pool admission.
Students in a California school district could receive access to universal, free meals. School board members have signed off on the district's participation in the Community Eligibility Provision program, which would provide free meals for a minimum of four years.
Mars will bring Orange Vanilla Cream M&M's exclusively to Dollar General store shelves nationwide next week, starting Monday. A portion of sales from the limited-edition flavor will support family literacy via the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.