• Smart & Final has announced that it is "commemorating its 150th Anniversary in 2021. Smart & Final’s history dates back to 1871 when it was founded in Los Angeles under the name Hellman-Hass Grocery Co. With more than 250 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, it stands as one of the oldest and longest continually operating food retailers in the United States. To celebrate, the company is paying homage to their history and celebrating customers’ special moments after a historically difficult year."
• Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to add more bricks-and-mortar stores to the 500 that current make up its fleet, believing that "retail locations offer an opportunity for people to experience new technology, ask questions and attend workshops on Apple’s products."
"On our online site people can learn a lot about the products; in a store they can touch them and get a feel for them," Deirdre O’Brien, Apple's senior vice president of retail and people. "We intend to add more stores."
• The Wall Street Journal reports that eyewear brand Warby Parker "is doubling down on its bricks-and-mortar strategy" as the pandemic recedes and it comes off a year during which many of its 135 units had to be temporarily closed.
According to the story, "Since reopening stores last summer, the company has been aggressively expanding its bricks-and-mortar footprint and says it is on track to open 35 new stores this year. Co-founders and co-CEOs Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa said the 11-year-old business has faced down its toughest year and increased its sales."