I have come across a rash of articles lately profiling supermarket chains that are adding in-store bars and restaurants. In Hy-Vee’s new Des Moines stores, their Market Grilles offer casual dining, along with craft beer selections and large TV screens. Another example: Whole Foods is currently in the process of adding in-store dining and bars to their new stores in the Chicago market. Around the country, other grocery chains like H-E-B’s Central Market, Wegmans and Mariano’s Fresh Market (to mention just a few) are offering prepared food and alcohol inside their stores.
While the in-store dining trend has continued to accelerate these past few years, more chains are now looking to increase their store traffic by adding beer, wine and alcohol. Drinking and dining options are helping transform stores into a place for social interaction as well as improving the overall store experience.
At CMS, we have been involved in several projects over the past few years involving new or remodeled bistros, restaurants and market-type delis. This project portfolio, combined with our experience in grocery displays and fixtures, makes us a great resource to consider if you are looking to add a dining and/or bar area to your store.