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IBM has rolled out the Sales Assist app at a U.K. health and beauty retail chain. Produced by IBM MobileFirst on iOS, the technology allows staff to answer customer questions about products, ranging from reviews and rating to location in the store.
El Paso, Texas, will soon get three new Dickey's Barbecue Pit locations, according to a development agreement between the nation's largest barbecue chain and franchisees Hilario and Hugo Gonzalez. The first location is slated to open by fall 2016, with the other two stores to follow in the next consecutive years.Chains: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchises, reported a Q2 with same-store sales rising 10 percent over the previous year. The chain also achieved a 7 percent system-wide increase in average unit volumes over the same period last year. This follows on the heels of a positive Q1, despite declines in the restaurant industry overall.Chains: Juice It Up!
Barnes & Noble announced the unveiling of four concept stores in the next year that will include restaurants and serve alcohol.
Amazon has nabbed the spot as the No. 2 seller of electronics in the United States, behind reigning No. 1 retailer Best Buy. However, Amazon recently knocked Walmart out of the second place spot and is still growing.
Kroger announced the launched of online grocery service in five Houston locations. The service known as ClickList, will now be offered at the Baytown, Cypress, Galveston, Kingwood and Tomball stores.
Target has partnered up with Superga to make a version of the iconic Italian sneaker for half the price of the original.
With lobster rolls, chowder fries, and just-off-the-docks fish tacos in the desert, a seaside experience is coming to the Southwest. Slapfish, a Huntington Beach, California–based fast-casual seafood restaurant with an emphasis on serving fresh, sustainable dishes, has signed a multi-state franchise deal which will introduce the concept to Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Texas.Chains: Slapfish
The 3,300-sq.-ft. F&F boutique will be part of the supermarket's 91,000-sq.-ft. store in Lakeville, Minnesota, and will sell men's, women's and children's clothing along with shoes and accessories from the British brand.