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Bristol Farms yesterday reopened what it is calling a "new look" store in Newport Beach, California, offering a number of new departments, including an artisan-style pizza oven, hot wok Asian Fusion station, made-to-order sandwich station, and bulk food, plus expanded selections of wine and beer, and an expanded soup bar and coffee bar.

“The improved Newport Beach store features a well thought out designed décor package that celebrates and highlights the Newport Beach community in an old fashioned mercantile manner that is unique to any grocery store,” says Kevin Davis, Bristol Farms' CEO, adding that the store's development places even greater emphasis on fresh food departments.
KC's View:
Glad to see that Bristol Farms is growing and improving ...

It has been about a year and a half since Supervalu sold the chain to a partnership made up of Davis, the company’s longtime president/CEO, the division’s management team, and Endeavour Capital, an investment firm experienced in grocery and retail businesses.

Independence is one thing. But you have to build on that with investment in the business and innovation at store level. Which is what Bristol Farms seems to be doing.