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S.J. Collins Enterprises, Delivering Results to Growing Retailers

By seeking long-term relationships with high-growth retailers, S.J. Collins is able to deliver faster results, greater value and class A locations at our various mixed-use and lifestyle centers throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions. Let us show you how we can perform! Learn more ...

Millennials are abandoning restaurants for an unexpected place

The grocerantMore and more grocery stores are morphing into "grocerants" and devoting a larger part of their stores to prepared foods in a bid to attract more millennials.

Millennials are giving rise to a new concept: the "grocerant."

The grocerant, a grocery store that offers fresh, restaurant-quality prepared foods.

More and more grocery stores are morphing into "grocerants" and devoting a larger part of their stores to prepared foods in a bid to attract more millennials.    Read more →

Students’ pocket park concept to be installed in Chamblee Whole Foods development

Pocket Park Concept

Students from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Institute for Innovation’s (MVIFI) iDiploma program, recently participated in concepting site plans for an outdoor community space attached to an S.J. Collins development featuring Whole Foods as an anchor tenant in Chamblee.

Their work was so well received by Jeff Garrison of S.J. Collins, he rethought the overall project and has since renamed it to Peachtree Station. (Formerly Peachtree Crossing).

The students spent time interviewing potential users of the ‘pocket park’, gaining insights about the preferences and priorities of their intended users and ultimately ended up distilling their insights into five potential designs. They pitched one “concrete and clearly constructed Sketchup modeled design,” and Garrison loved it. The project took the students four months to complete.    Read more →

The 411 on 365

Whole Foods 365

365 by Whole Foods Market invited thousands of its closest friends to the official FullSizeRenderreveal party for the organic grocery store’s new brand in Silver Lake, Calif. last week.

Several team members from S.J. Collins Enterprises were among the first people to walk inside the newly opened store.

“It was incredible,” said Jeff Garrison, partner at S.J. Collins, the Georgia-based development firm that is currently developing several retail centers across the country anchored by either a Whole Foods Market or a 365 by Whole Foods.
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Whole Foods’ smaller, 365-brand stores set to debut

Whole Foods 365In a Los Angeles suburb, Austin-based Whole Foods Market on Wednesday is set to debut its new chain of smaller, value-driven stores. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store is scheduled to open Wednesday morning in Silver Lake, Calif., followed by a second store in Lake Oswego, Ore., near Portland on July 14 and a third location in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle in August. Company leaders have said they hope the 365 stores will help the retailer shake off its “Whole Paycheck” nickname with lower prices, while drawing millennial and older shoppers alike and injecting new life into the Whole Foods’ earnings. Whole Foods is one of Austin’s highest-profile companies, with 86,000 workers in 449 stores worldwide and about 2,500 employees in Central Texas.   Read more →

Whole Foods' 365 Concept Stores Coming This Month -- Here's What to Watch

Whole Foods 365

While there won't be any of the rumored tattoo parlors, there will be robotic tea servers and in-store restaurants. More importantly -- we hope there'll be traffic.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) announced in May of last year that it was working on a new concept store design, one with convenience, price, and technology in mind. The new locations, called 365 by Whole Foods Market, have been talked about as the savior to Whole Foods' declining margins and traffic, as well as a way to attract younger consumers with cheaper prices and a focus on more than just groceries.   Read more →