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Kroger-owned QFC has added a second store to its "grocerant" experiment in Seattle, partnering with local  chain Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria to install a wood-burning oven with counter service and Take-and-Bake pizza, in its University Village location.  The setup is similar to one opened in a Kirkland, Washington, QFC, the Daily Journal of Commerce reports.

QFC also is offering Tutta Bella grab-and-go/take-home items at more than 30 of its area stores.  The Take-and-Bake pizza offering is said to be unique to the University Village location, however.

KC's View:

Just a few hours south, in Portland, Oregon, one of the city's most interesting restaurants, Beast - a kind of communal dining room that was closed down because of the pandemic, is going to reopen - as a gourmet market.

Willamette Week reports that Beast, to be renamed Ripe Cooperative, "will offer shoppers 'a selection of things we consider essential,' according to an email sent to Beast subscribers today. Those items include fine wines, custard-based ice cream, freshly baked bread, handmade pasta and other specialty pantry ingredients.

"The market will also allow customers to experience the James Beard Award-winning chef's dinners through a series called Dining In. The four-course set menus will change monthly and feature themes (land, air, sea and field). You can purchase those à la carte or order a regular subscription."

I mention this because there will be "grocerants" and there will be "restaurmarkets," and the different won't mean much to consumers, who simply will want good food and will patronize whoever and whatever can provide it.

What they won't patronize is stores that seem out of touch with consumer needs and desires.