• Ahold Delhaize-owned The GIANT Company yesterday announced plans for four new stores in Philadelphia, accelerating its omnichannel growth in the city.
The company said that, Building on the success of its GIANT Heirloom Market format," it plans "to open a new 32,000 square foot store in the Fashion District at 801 Market Street. In addition, the company will open three new GIANT stores in the city including a 46,000 square foot store on Columbus Boulevard at the corner of Reed Street, a 50,000 square foot store on North Broad Street at the corner of Spring Garden Street, and a 40,000 square foot store on South Broad Street at the corner of Washington Avenue. Store amenities, as well as opening dates for each new store, will be shared at a later date."
• Chipotle yesterday announced that it is increasing its wages to an average of $15/hour, saying that the move will mean that p[art-time employees now will be making between $11 and $18 per hour.
The New York Times notes that Chipotle is going on a hiring spree - it plans to open more than 200 restaurants this year, and needs to hire some 20,000 people to staff them.