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Restaurants Are Transforming Into Grocery Stores Because of Coronavirus

Across the country, cafes and restaurants are scrambling to keep their businesses afloat. Restaurants that relied on dine-in customers are rapidly coming up with ways to hold onto customers who are no longer allowed into dining rooms. Instead, stores are selling items they already sell, in a different form, opening up temporary grocery stores which helps bump up the number of supermarkets in the country and ease crowding or delivery bottlenecks. It’s also a way to try to support struggling suppliers.    To read this article in full, click here…

Need Milk, Eggs, and Toilet Paper? Restaurants Turn Into Pop-Up Grocery Stores

As the food ecosystem has been shaken to its core by the coronavirus, some restaurant owners — their dining rooms and workers idled — have begun selling grocery items. In a way, it’s a flipping of trends in food retailing. Long before the crisis, supermarkets had been blurring the line between “grocery” and “restaurant” with seating areas and prepared-food sections.   To read this article in full, click here…

With In-Store Dining Gone, Restaurants Become Grocery Stores

Operators are inviting consumers to shop their inventory for food and supplies: with dine-in operations banned in a majority of states, restaurants are scrambling to stay in business. At the same time, supermarkets are scrambling to keep essentials such as toilet paper, bread and milk in stock. To provide shoppers with an alternative and maintain a little cash flow, restaurants are turning into grocery stores.   To read this article in full, click here…

US Restaurants Turn to Grocery Sales to Help Offset Losses

The idea is catching on nationwide. From large chains to mom-and-pop eateries, restaurants are increasingly turning to grocery sales. Panera this week launched Panera Grocery, offering their popular breads, bagels and sweets as well as items such as milk, eggs and fresh produce that its 2,100 U.S. stores normally use to make meals, for delivery or pick-up. Meanwhile, Subway has begun selling groceries at 250 of its stores in California, Connecticut, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchises launched Potbelly Pantry, offering mostly foods that the chain uses to make its sandwiches, such as meats, cheeses and breads.   To read this article in full, click here…