The Kalibrate retail round-up: July 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.

Lowe’s expands shop-in-shop partnership with Petco to 300 stores 

Lowe’s is expanding its store-in-store partnership with Petco from 15 locations to almost 300. The company said it expected its penetration of rural areas would be key to the growth of operating profit in the next three to five years.  

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Claire’s outlines European growth strategy, plans to open 50 stores 

We’re always proud to see our clients’ success – and Claire’s growth constantly leaves us in awe. The retailer will open an additional 50 stores in Europe this year. Great work guys – we look forward to dropping by soon.  

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Domino’s Pizza reverses course, partners with Uber Eats on U.S. and international deliveries 

We’ve explored the pros and cons of third-party delivery in a recent blog LINK, but it seems Domino’s was simultaneously wrestling with a similar conundrum. The pizza delivery giant recently confirmed it would partner with Uber Eat in the US and 27 international markets.  

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Firehouse Subs believes brand will resonate ‘Across the world’ 

QSR Magazine have a deep-dive on Firehouse Subs’ story to date and plans for the years ahead. It’s a great read for any of our restaurant clients yet to dip their toes into expansion outside their core market.  

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Fast grocery firms doomed by French dark store ban 

Two of the largest fast grocery dark store operators will leave France after the French Government ruled dark grocery stores must be classed as warehouses. Getir and Gorillas have both ceased operations in France after complaints from locals and regulators’ fears over unfair competition. Paris alone had 80 dark grocery store locations across 12 different operators.  

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