Two-story Texas BBQ comes to H-E-B

Grocer H-E-B has expanded a store in New Braunfels, Texas, by 40,000 square feet. The updated location includes a new home-goods section called Home by H-E-B and a restaurant with seating on two levels: True Texas BBQ. Other features inside the 122,000-square-foot store include a tortillería, a scratch bakery, and an H-E-B BLOOMS flower shop, as well as curbside and home delivery services.

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Retailers eye suburbs as remote work continues

With more companies offering remote working opportunities, retailers are looking to the suburbs as areas for growth. Foot traffic in major urban shopping hubs is still a fraction of what it was pre-pandemic. With recent research showing that 39% of office workers are still working remotely, Amazon Go, Warby Parker, Target, and others are opening more stores where shoppers live, rather than where they work.

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Snap adds new AR shopping tools

After several years of fine-tuning its cashierless Amazon Go stores in urban centers, the company has opened its latest store in Mill Creek, Washington, a suburb just north of Seattle. The biggest store yet to feature Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology has a 3,250-square-foot sales floor, standard convenience-store fare, an expanded product selection, and a first-of-its-kind made-to-order meal counter—at which customers can order more than 30 different options from digital kiosks. Plus, an all-new customer service desk lets visitors ask questions, purchase gift cards, and return Amazon packages.

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