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Retailers Unveil Openings, Remodels

HEB Breaks Ground on Texas Location

National grocers across the U.S. recently revealed plans to expand their footprints in their respective communities.

BJ’s said that it is continuing its expansion throughout the Southeast and Midwest with the openings of five locations across both areas. The stores will offer fresh foods, produce, a full-service deli, household essentials, pet supplies, exclusive offerings, as well as a selection of local and seasonal items, according to the wholesale club.

“BJ’s combination of unbeatable value and convenience continues to resonate with members, and we’re pleased with the performance of our new clubs,” said Bill Werner, EVP of strategy and development at BJ’s, in a statement. “Our real estate pipeline is the strongest it’s been in 20 years, and we look forward to helping even more families save up to 25 percent off grocery store prices as we add clubs to both new and existing markets.”

Sprouts said Monday that it is hiring for a location slated to open on June 7 in Cliffwood, New Jersey, and a store expected to open on June 14 in Philadelphia. The retailer is seeking department managers, assistant department managers, clerks, cashiers, and various coordinators for both stores. Sprouts stores are known for a farmers market experience that emphasizes fresh produce, seasonal, and attribute-driven products, including organic, plant-based, and keto offerings, according to the grocer.

Smart & Final Extra!, a banner store of Smart & Final, will open its first store in Temecula, California on April 24. The 30,000-square-foot store will emphasize affordable prices. The location will offer USDA-certified meats, fresh and organic produce, frozen and packaged foods, and household essentials. Club-sized offerings will also be available.

“We’re thrilled to finally serve the Temecula Valley community with the very best Smart & Final has to offer, and we can’t wait to welcome customers to our new store,” said store manager Zulma Hernandez in a statement. “Whether you're a budget-friendly shopper or restocking for your local business, we have everything you need to help save our customers time and money."

H-E-B said Tuesday that it has broken ground on a location north of Dallas in Prosper, Texas. The 132,000-square-foot location is expected to open in the Fall of 2025. The location will offer grocery pickup and delivery, as well as sustainability features including CO2 refrigeration units and LED lighting, according to the grocer.

Some features include a bakery with handmade offerings, a deli with a cheese selection and an emphasis on charcuterie, and a grab-and-go sushi area.

H-E-B also said that it has started construction on two Joe V’s Smart Shop stores, the retailer’s lower price format. The store in Wheatland, Texas is expected to open this summer, and the Dallas location will open in the spring of 2025.

Schnucks said Monday that the upgrades and renovations to two locations in Evansville, Indiana, have been completed. Both locations now have electronic shelf labels throughout the store, a new area devoted to ecommerce, and expanded produce, bakery, meat, and seafood departments.

“Schnucks has served the Evansville community for nearly 50 years, and we remain committed to offering our dedicated customers the best grocery shopping experience possible,” said Schnucks division manager Stephen Rennels in a statement.