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• The Dallas Morning News reports that H-E-B has decided to open two new Central Markets in the Dallas area, at Midway Road and West Northwest Highway in Dallas and at McKinney and Lemmon Avenue. 

According to the story, "Both stores were among the six Sun Fresh Market stores that H-E-B purchased in August from RLS Supermarkets of Carrollton. The transaction was completed in September, and since then H-E-B has decided to sell the remaining four locations."


• The Chicago Tribune reports that Albertsons-owned Jewel-Osco plans to open what is called its "swankiest, most contemporary" store to date on the corner of Clark and Division streets in Chicago, describing it as "the type of store where one might ruminate on the grocery list with a glass of wine and a fancy cheese platter." The location is near the city's Gold Coast, "a growing area with healthy incomes and limited grocery options."

Scheduled to open next summer, "the 45,000-square-foot Jewel will have a 15,000-square-foot mezzanine level with a full-service bar and fresh food offerings to eat in-store. It replaces an older, smaller Jewel built in 1974, closed in June of last year and subsequently razed." The Tribune writes that "for Jewel-Osco, the store represents a commitment to changing with the times and expanding its footprint in the fiercely competitive Chicago grocery industry." And the company's president, Mike Withers, says it reflects a focus on "opening new stores and growing in the market."


• Daymon Worldwide is out with a "Four Forces Shaping Success in Retail" report, saying that there are four trends that will dominate in 2017.

They include "shopper participation," in which consumers want a greater role in how brands are created and marketed; "destination retailing," in which consumers look for experiences, not just to make transactions; "precision wellness," which includes things like DNA profiling that allow for customized and specific ways to address health issues; and a "redefinition of convenience" for a world that is increasingly urbanized and digital.
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