Q3: Peaks, Valleys and Closures

What do CVS, Office Depot and JC Penney all have in common? They’ve been pushed to close stores in 2019. So we decided to analyze Q3 data to get a sense of the overall situation for these chains. Is there a silver lining to their difficult closure announcements or does it portend a future that ...

Placer Bites: Target Takes on Toys, Gymboree Makes a Comeback

Target is bringing the magic to its stores with a recent Disney collaboration.  Twenty-five stores nationwide have already opened in-store Disney shops, with many more expected to launch by this time next year. We looked at five locations in different states to see what we could learn from foot traffic and audience data.  All five ...

Hallowinning

For most retailers, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most wonderful times of the year when it comes to visit volume. But what about the stores that wait patiently for the spookiest day of the calendar?  In honor of Halloween, we looked into some costume favorites to see what fall’s costume peak time means for them.  ...

Subway’s Woes?

There are concerns that Subway’s growth strategy may be impacting the company’s ability to grow. In the last two years, the brand has shuttered nearly 1,000 locations each year. One of the primary complaints is that the push to expand too quickly has led to an overabundance of stores and shrinking sales and success on ...

Placer Bites: Popeyes, Burger King Drive RBI’s Big Quarter & Walgreens Outlook

Restaurant Brands International (QSR) is the parent company of two of the more interesting QSR brands in the country - Burger King and Popeyes. With McDonald’s recently seeing a dip in visits, questions will naturally arise around the performance of RBI’s two leading players. So what did Q3 mean for Burger King and Popeyes? Chicken ...

What Off Price Retail Shows Us

There are a myriad of reasons why off-price retailers succeed and whether it is the cost or the experience, the impact is clear. Ross announced that it had successfully launched 100 new stores in 2019, even while other major brands were rapidly shuttering locations. We looked into these two off-price retail leaders to analyze their ...

Kroger’s Decline

Early in 2019, Kroger’s was listed by a top retail research firm as the fourth-largest grocer in the world. Yet, the year that began with such a proud status, has seen the brand endure a difficult period in the US. The company announced plans to lay off hundreds of employees with concerns that the turnaround ...