Food Halls, Ghost Kitchens and The Future of In-Store Restaurants
Rather than shying away from offering fresh meals and in-store dining due to lingering safety concerns and elevated at-home cooking trends, grocers are leaning into restaurants like never before.
When a California-based grocer recently teased the opening of its new flagship store, it didn't gush about its packaged grocery selection or online shopping availability. Instead, it spotlighted The Eatery, a new takeout restaurant where shoppers can order a wide array of fresh dishes, and The Drinkery, where mixologists serve up different alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
Shoppers who ventured into the 50,000-square-foot location earlier this month were invited to grab a meal or a drink — or both — and head to the outdoor patio to dine. The store also featured other you-have-to-be-here experiences, like live cooking demos and a department where shoppers can create custom cheese platters and nachos for parties.
After a rocky year-plus, grocers are eager to fully return to form. Rather than shying away from offering fresh meals and in-store dining due to lingering safety concerns, elevated at-home cooking trends and other factors, grocers are leaning into restaurants like never before.
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