The Kalibrate retail round-up: April 2023

In this monthly feature, we look across the industry and mainstream news to uncover some stories of note that we think are worth your attention.

US pizza chain Papa John’s to make a comeback in India; to open 650 stores by 2033

Excellent news for our team in India as Kalibrate client Papa John’s announces it’s to re-enter the Indian market. With 650 locations planned by 2023, the chain plans openings in southern cities before expanding into other regions.

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Walmart to expand EV fast-charging network to more US stores

With an ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2040, Walmart is expanding its EV charging network. The retailer already has almost 1,300 EV chargers across 280 location in the US. Kalibrate is hearing from more and more retailers keen to add EV charging but unsure which locations should be prioritized.

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Tiger Woods is bringing His mini-golf eatertainment concept PopStroke to North Texas

Exciting times for those who like golf, eating, and drinking… we’re saying nothing. Tiger’s PopStroke concept will open at The Grandscape at The Colony by the end of 2023. The DFW location will be the eighth PopStroke and our team are already composing themselves for some make or break putts – we’re a competitive bunch.

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Luxury shoppers seeking deeper store connection

Almost half of those planning to visit a luxury store expect the store to be more than just a place to buy. Consumers favor building connections with the brand according to a report from BoF Insights and Royalmount. The research found in-person shopping remain strong in the luxury space.

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Shake Shack’s Katie Fogertey sees into the future

Another Kalibrate client in the news! Shake Shack’s CFO Kate Fogertey gives us the lowdown on growth, foot-traffic, delivery, and the future. We particularly love this nugget:

One of Fogertey’s first decisions as CFO was to set up a business intelligence unit so Shake Shack could study and analyze factors driving success, not just in sales, but also in real estate. “That’s just an important element, baseline, for scale,” she says.

The result is what you’re seeing across all of these designs—a deliberate, data-driven approach to fitting Shake Shack where it wants to expand.

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