1. At Birmingham’s new Pizitz Food Hall, operated by Bayer Properties, you only have to walk a few steps to travel the world. Guests will find food stalls and restaurants offering cuisine from Vietnam to Ethiopia, Mexico to Nepal, as well as all-American favorites such at burgers, biscuits and waffles. And this mixed-use foodie’s paradise is getting some much-deserved media attention. AL.com and Thrillist have both profiled the Pizitz, which opens in a 94-year-old former department store, housing three restaurants, a bar and 14 food stalls.
2. According to ExpandLab’s Juliana Martins, now is the time for retailers to invest in mobile e-commerce systems. During the 2016 holiday season, mobile commerce (m-commerce) exceeded $24 billion, with 68 percent of those sales coming from smartphones. Other research predicts that by the year 2020, mobile will account for 45 percent of the $632 billion in total e-commerce sales. Martins’ article in Total Retail further details the mobile phenomenon and how retailers can ultimately ride the m-commerce wave to big profits.
3. Pollack Shores, the real estate group behind The Battery Atlanta, released details last week about its three planned apartment complexes, some of which will overlook SunTrust Park – the new Braves stadium and your backyard if you lived there. The Battery is the mixed-use haven where folks can do everything from catch a show at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, grab a slice at Antico Pizza or head to work in some of the 700,000 square feet of retail and office space. Pollack Shores explained in this Atlanta Journal Constitution article that the three pet-friendly apartment communities named Residences, Parkside and Flats together will be called “Home at The Battery Atlanta.”
4. Senior executives at consumer products companies are caught in a tight bind these days. Wall Street still has high expectations for growth, but many of the companies’ growth strategies – such as expanding into China and emerging markets to balance slower growth in developed markets – have not panned out. Obviously, these problems aren’t easy to solve. But Revenue Analytics’ Jared Wiesel and Jim Armstrong recently penned an article in Consumer Goods Technology detailing how top CPG companies can identify and capture areas of growth at a granular level by leveraging advanced analytics.
5. One of North America’s oldest rooms is making a big comeback: the keeping room. The what room? In short, it’s a space adjacent to a home’s kitchen where people can kick back and keep thecook company. Megan Harris, part of the design team at Atlanta-based builder Edward Andrews Homes, weighed in on the benefits of a keeping room, saying “this cozy area could serve a multitude of activities, including cooking prep, sewing, and other small household tasks.” Read more about keeping rooms and Harris’ comments in this Realtor article.