• Kroger announced this morning that its Q3 total sales were $31.9 billion, compared to $29.7 billion for the same period last year. Excluding fuel, sales increased 2.9% compared to the same period last year.
Same-store sales were up 3.1 percent from the same period a year ago and 14 percent from two years ago.
Digital sales for the quarter were up 103 percent from two years ago.
Kroger said that its Q3 operating profit was $868 million, compared to $792 million in the same period a year ago.
• Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets said yesterday that it "has achieved Ratio Institute’s Sustainable Food Retail Certification," which means that it "successfully completed the requirements for Steward Tier certification, demonstrating not only its commitment to be a sustainable food retailer, but also its efforts at continuously improving its sustainability performance."
According to its website, the "Ratio Institute is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating measurable sustainability and viability in food retail through expert collaboration, industry resources, and practical tools." It has "worked with over 1,000 grocery stores and 20 grocery chains to create store-level and enterprise sustainability solutions that reduce costs, shift internal cultures, and improve overall performance.:"
Ratio Institute says that Weis Markets "is the first food retailer to achieve the certification."
• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that "the nation's first Shake Shack drive-thru is opening Monday in Maple Grove, serving up its ShackBurgers and crinkle-cut fries to people on the go.
"Shake Shack has been envisioning drive-thru service for some time, said Randy Garutti, chief executive of the New York-based company. To make it happen, executives have rethought the fundamental workflow of the restaurant.
"Shake Shack workers typically assemble, and sometimes cook, orders after they are placed, leading customers to wait a bit longer than at other fast-food providers. But with people in cars, long wait times create the prospect of traffic jams, slow-moving lines and lost business.
"In Maple Grove, drive-thru orders will be fulfilled in a separate kitchen from orders for people who walk in for sit-down or takeout service."
The story notes that Shake Shack, "which has about 220 locations in the U.S. and 100 in other countries, plans to add up to 10 more drive-thrus in 2022."
• From USA Today:
"Under new ownership, Toys R Us is opening a U.S. flagship store at the American Dream mall in New Jersey complete with a two-story slide, an ice cream parlor and more than 10,000 toys.
"The two-level store is scheduled to make its debut in mid-December in time for last-minute holiday shoppers … This is the second effort to revive the toy brand in recent years. Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and closed all of its U.S. stores the next year."