Dallas home starts topped the nation last year and helped put Texas in the top spot for added grocery store space, according to JLL’s 2017 Grocery Tracker.
Nearly 19 million square feet of grocery space was added across the U.S. with the opening of more than 440 stores. Of that space, more than 16 percent was in Texas.
Texas and California showed the most added grocery square footage, with 3.04 and 2.03 million square feet of new grocery space leased, respectively.
GROCERY RETAILERS WILL FOCUS ON CONVENIENCE
Kroger opened about 35 percent of its new stores in Texas, with a focus in the suburbs of Dallas and Houston. Austin-based Whole Foods opened a handful of stores between Dallas and Fort Worth. And San Antonio-based H-E-B also continued opening stores across the state.
This year, expect grocery retailers to focus on providing convenience to people who live in the urban core. Many retailers will continue testing new store concepts with smaller footprints and vertical layouts for mixed-use projects, according to the report.
Meal kits companies such as Plated and Blue Apron will continue to be popular with their fresh, healthy concepts, environmentally-friendly products, according to the report. Amazon recently partnered with Martha & Marley Spoon as a way for people to purchase meal kits without the commitment of a membership and faster delivery.
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