Recent US Retail and Restaurant Chain Expansion Plans

New Global Store Locations Opening by US, International Retailers

All 2016 Store Opening Plans: US Retail and Restaurant Chain Expansion
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The largest U.S. retail and restaurant chains are much more forthright and open about sharing their 2016 new store opening plans than they are about sharing their 2016 store closing plans.  In fact, U.S. retailers that have global operations and international retailers that do business in the U.S. are quite eager to talk about their intentions for their retail and restaurant chain expansion in 2016 and beyond.

 

Consequently, even before Q4 2015, there were plenty of commitments publicly communicated about thousands of new brick-and-mortar retail stores that would be opening in the 2016 calendar year and beyond.  In fact if everything goes as planned, the overall future store openings tally for all  U.S. and international retail and restaurant chains will be in the tens of thousands.

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This seems antithetical to the widely accepted belief in the U.S. retail industry that brick-and-mortar retailing is shrinking due to of the explosive growth in Internet and mobile retailing.  If that was true, then only the largest U.S. restaurant chains like Starbucks, Wendy's and Dunkin' Donuts would be populating the 2016 Store Openings Roundup list.  Apparently, though, somebody forgot to give the shrinking-brick-and-mortar memo to retail chains like Family Dollar,  ALDI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, which are just some of retail chains that have plans for new store growth extending as far as 2018.

 

SEE ALSO: All U.S. Retail Store Closings Planned for 2016

A considerable amount of attention is given to the 2015 store closings planned by the largest U.S. retail industry chains because hypothetically, those store closings are the predictive indicators of the overall health of brick-and-mortar retailing.

  But stores closing are more indicative of a lack of brick-and-mortar relevance, which has been ailing and failing for some of the biggest and oldest U.S. retail chains in the past few years. 

In fact, new store opening plans by U.S. retailer and restaurant chains and international retailers operating in the U.S. have been announced as far in the future as 2020.  Of course, a lot can happen to the economy in general and the U.S. retail industry  in particular between now and 2020.  But it's still valuable to know that growth and expansion is still part of the vision for the future of brick-and-mortar retailing. 

In 2016, as in every year, a considerable amount of attention will be given to the 2016 Store Closing Roundup list because hypothetically, this list supports the brick-and-mortar-is-becoming-extinct  school of thought.  But the 2015 retailing company bankruptcies showed us that store closings are more indicative of a loss of retail relevance with chains that have been progressively ailing and failing over time, than they are predictive of any overall retail industry trends.

 

So, which of the largest retail and restaurant chains in the world are planning to open new stores in 2016 and beyond? 

Starbucks, Wendy's, Family Dollar, and Costco are just a few of the largest U.S. retail chains that will be adding to the total number of new retail and restaurant store openings planned for 2016.  Even before the end of the 2015 calendar year, information about thousands of brick-and-mortar store openings planned for 2016 and beyond was made public by U.S. based and global retail chains.

Expansion in both domestic and international markets is definitely in the future plans of the largest U.S. based retail chains, and moving into U.S. markets is definitely part of the expansion plans for some of the world’s largest global retailers as well.

 As of September, 2015, Starbucks topped the 2016 and Beyond Store Openings list, with its plans for opening 1500 new U.S. and global restaurant locations through 2019.

Family Dollar and Wendy's also top the 2016 Retail Store Openings list, with their plans for opening 1,000 stores each through the year 2020.  While Starbucks will be focusing most of its future store opening efforts in countries outside the U.S., many of the largest global retail chains like ALDI will be expanding their global retail operations by opening new retail store locations in the U.S. in 2016 and throughout 2020.

What follows is a complete and ongoing roundup list of store openings that are planned to happen in the U.S. in the 2016 calendar year. Information for this store openings list is aggregated from credible and verifiable sources, not from expert or insider speculation or predictions. The newest additions to the list are indicated by bold.

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!  This 2016 Store Openings roundup list will be updated with additions and changes as official and verifiable store opening information is made public. This 2016 Store Openings List was last updated on June 6, 2016.

All 2015 American and Global New Store Openings by U.S. Retail Industry Chains:

1500  Starbucks (China, through 2019)

1000  Family Dollar (through 2016)

1000  Dollar General (2017)

1000  Wendy's (by 2020)

600    Dollar Tree (through 2016)

600    Forever 21 (through 2018)

900    Dollar General (2016)

520    ALDI (globally through 2019)

400    T-Mobile

350    Philly Pretzel Factory (by 2020)

338    Tony Luke's (by 2025)

240    Walmart (International 2016)

200    Limited Too (through 2020)

197    TJX Companies (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods) 

150    Dick's Sporting Goods (through 2018)

100    Dunkin Donuts (through 2017 in India)

100    Johnny Rockets (China, 2016)

100    Sephora (through 2016)

100    Starbucks (Malaysia, through 2017)

100    ULTA (2016

100    ULTA (2017)

95      Walmart Neighborhood Markets

90      Costco (Internationally through 2018)

70      Miu Miu (by 2016)

67      Smart & Final (2016)

60      Dunkin Donuts (through 2018 in Houston)

60      Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (through 2019)

60      Pizza Hut (through 2017)

60      Walmart Supercenters (2016)

50      Prada Men’s Store (by 2016)

40      Gap (India through 2020)

40      KFC (Pakistan by 2018)

38      Brookstone (by 2016)

36      Zoes

33      AutoZone (2016)

67      Smart & Final (through 2020)

30      Lowe's Australia (2016 & 2017)

27      Petco

25      Lowe's Canada (through 2018)

25      Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth (Canada 2016-2019)

23      Fastenal

21      Costco (2016 US)

20      Cabela’s (through 2016)

18      CarMax (through 2018)

17      Conn's

16      Field and Stream (2016 and 2017)

15      Andy's Frozen Custard (2016)

15      Nordstrom (through 2017)

12      Stein Mart (2016)

10      Best Buy in Macy's (store-in-store)

10      Whole Foods 365 (2017)

10      Wisteria (through 2020)

8        Costco (2016 International)

7        AutoZone (Mexico)

6        Cracker Barrel

5        Macy's

5        Whole Foods 365 (2016)

4        COS

4        Flying Tiger Copenhagen (by 2016)

4        Target (2016)

3       Bob's Discount Furniture (2016)

3       Whole Foods 365 (2016)

3       Whole Foods 365 (2018)

2        IKEA (2016)

2        Lane Bryant

2        Publix (2016)

2        REI (2016)

2        Tractor Supply Co.

3        Cabela's (through 2016)

3        Sportsman's Warehouse (2016)

2        Nordstrom (US through 2018)

2        REI (2016)

2        Walmart (2016)

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See also:  2016 Store Openings Arranged Alphabetically >>

RELATED:  All 2015 Store Closings >>

Whole Foods, CVS, and Kroger are just some of the largest U.S. retail chains that have already signed leases or begun construction on new stores that will be opening in 2016.  Even Macy's , which announced its intentions to close 40 brick-and-mortar store locations in the U.S. in 2016, has plans for both new Macy's and Bloomingdale's store openings.  

News about future single retail store openings may be released earlier than the leaders of the largest retail chains desire because each step in the store opening process - local approvals, permits, lease signings, construction - provide an opportunity for news about future store opening plans to be reported.

 But just because retail chains like Subway, Trader Joe's and AutoZone have only added one store to the 2016 New Store Openings so far, do not assume that store opening activity for these or any chains will be limited to a single store opening in 2016.  Updates to this list and additions to retail chain store opening numbers will be ongoing throughout 2016.

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!  This 2016 Store Openings roundup list will be updated with additions and changes as official and verifiable store opening information is made public throughout 2016.  Sign up for the free Retail Industry Updates Newsletter to be notified when this list has been updated. 

What follows is a continuation of the complete roundup of retail store openings planned for the 2016 calendar year, arranged according to total number of store openings planned.  All of the most recent store opening updates are indicated by bold lettering.

This 2016 Store Openings List was last updated on January 12, 2016.

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1   99 Cents Only

1   At Home

1   Athleta

1   AutoZone (2016)

1   Bass Pro Shops (2016)

1   Bentley's Pet Stuff

1   Bloomingdale's (U.S., 2016)

1   Bloomingdale's (Puerto Rico, 2017)

1   Bloomingdale's (U.S. 2017)

1   Bloomingdale's (U.S. 2018)

1   Books Inc. (2016)

1   Crate & Barrel (Singapore)

1   CVS (2016)

1   Evereve

1   Foot Locker (2016)

1   Fresh Market

1   Godfather's

1   Green Zebra Grocery (2016)

1   H&M

1   H-E-B (2016)

1   Hobby Lobby (2016)

1   Krispy Kreme

1   Kroger (2016)

1   Kroger Marketplace (2016)

1   Legends Comics and Games

1   Louboutin (2016)

1   Macy's (U.S. in 2017)

1   Mariano's (2016)

1   Marshalls (2016)

1   McAlister’s Deli (2016)

1   Menard (2016)

1   Neiman Marcus (2016)

1   Nike Community Store

1   Outback Steahouse

1   PCC Natural Market (2016)

1   Sam's Club (2016)

1   Smashburger (2016)

1   Sprouts Farmers Market (2016)

1   Starbucks (South Africa 2016)

1   Starbucks Reserve Roastery (2016)

1   Subway (2016)

1   Tiffany's (New Zealand 2016)

1   Trader Joe's (2017)

1    Wegmans (2016)

1   Wegmans (2017)

1   Whole Foods (2016)

See also:  2016 Store Openings Arranged Alphabetically >>

As US retail companies continue to expand beyond American borders  in 2016 by opening retail stores in international locations, international retailers will continue to expand into the U.S. to capture a share of the fertile American consuming market.  Despite the shifting preferences of retail consumers, the global expansion of brick-and-mortar retailing will continue throughout the world in 2016.

 

Among the U.S. retail and restaurant chains that will be focused on global expansion beyond U.S. borders are Apple and Johnny Rockets, which are expanding into China in 2016.  Dunkin Donuts and The Gap are expanding into India in 2016.  Wealthy shoppers in Puerto Rico will be able to spend some of their discretionary income in a Bloomingdale's retail store in 2016.  Hungry diners in Pakistan will be able to satisfy their appetite with American fast food from a KFC drive-thru in 2016.  

At the same time, many international retailers will be focused on their own global expansion which includes plans for opening stores in the U.S.  ALDI, Louboutin, Miu Miu and Prada are some of the global retailers that will make retail competition a little bit tougher for the largest U.S. retail chains when they open stores in on U.S. soil in 2016.  

This is a complete list of all domestic and international store locations scheduled  to open in the 2016 calendar year.

  This 2016 Store Openings list is arranged alphabetically, according to the name of the retail chain. Information for this store openings list is aggregated from credible and verifiable sources, not from expert or insider speculation or predictions. The newest additions are indicated by bold lettering.

Bookmark this page and sign up for the free Retail Industry Updates Newsletter to be notified when this list has been updated all throughout 2016.   This 2016 Store Openings roundup list will be updated with additions and changes as official and verifiable store opening information is made public throughout 2016. This 2016 Store Openings List was last updated on June 6, 2016.

<< Related: 2016 Store Openings arranged by store closing numbers <<

2016 US and International Store Opening Plans for Global Retail Expansion:  

1         99 Cents Only

520    ALDI (globally through 2019)

15      Andy's Frozen Custard (2016)

16      Apple (China 2016)

1        At Home

1        Athleta

33      AutoZone (2016)

7        AutoZone (Mexico)

1        Bass Pro Shops (2016)

1        Bentley's Pet Stuff

10      Best Buy in Macy's (store-in-store)

1        Bloomingdale's (U.S., 2016)

1        Bloomingdale's (Puerto Rico, 2017)

1        Bloomingdale's (U.S. 2017)

1        Bloomingdale's (U.S. 2018)

3        Bob's Discount Furniture (2016)

1        Books Inc.

38      Brookstone (by 2016)

3        Cabelas (through 2016)

16      CarMax (through 2018)

17      Conn's

4        COS

8        Costco (2016 International)

21      Costco (2016 US)

61      Costco (Internationally through 2018)

6        Cracker Barrel

1        Crate & Barrel (Singapore)

1        CVS (2016)

150    Dick's Sporting Goods (through 2018)

1000  Dollar General (2017)

900    Dollar General (2016)

600    Dollar Tree (through 2016)

100    Dunkin Donuts (through 2017 in India)

60      Dunkin Donuts (through 2018 in Houston)

1         Evereve

1000  Family Dollar (through 2016)

16      Field and Stream (2016 and 2017)

1        Food Locker (2016)

4        Flying Tiger Copenhagen (by 2016)

600    Forever 21 (through 2018)

23      Fresh Market

60      Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (through 2019)

1        Fastenal

40      Gap (India through 2020)

1        Godfather's

1        Green Zebra Grocery (2016)

1        H&M

1        H-E-B (2016)

1        Hobby Lobby (2016)

2        IKEA (2016)

100    Johnny Rockets (China, 2016)

40      KFC (Pakistan by 2018)

1        Krispy Kreme

1        Kroger (2016)

1        Kroger Marketplace (2016)

2        Lane Bryant

1        Legends Comics and Games

1        Lily Pulitzer (2016)

200    Limited Too (through 2020)

1        Louboutin (2016)

30      Lowe's Australia (2016 & 2017)

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RELATED:  US and Global 2016 Store Closings >>

Tiffany's will be opening its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Auckland, New Zealand in 2016.  Starbucks will be entering the South African market with a brick-and-mortar retail location for the first time in 2016.  Saks Fifth Avenue will be opening its first free standing shoe store in 2016.  Despite direct predictions from retail industry experts and pundits, the U.S. and global retail expansion planned for 2016 seems to indicate that brick-and-mortar retailing is far from dead in the minds of the retail leaders responsible for envisioning the retail future.

 

Even before Q4 2015, the new brick-and-mortar retail expansion plans for 2015 were significant and numbering in the thousands.  If all goes as planned, it is likely that 2016 will continue to be a year of overall traditional retail brick-and-mortar expansion, despite the growth of non-traditional mobile and Internet retailing competition and popularity.

This is a continuation of the complete list of all 2016 Retail Store Openings arranged alphabetically.  The number in the left column indicates the number of new brick-and-mortar retail store locations planned to be opened by each retail chain in the 2016 calendar year and beyond.  This 2016 Store Openings List was last updated on June 6, 2016.

Bookmark this page and sign up for the free Retail Industry Updates Newsletter to be notified when this list has been updated all throughout 2016. This 2016 Store Openings roundup list will be updated with additions and changes as official and verifiable store opening information is made public throughout 2016.

 The newest additions are indicated by bold lettering.

US and Global 2016 Store Openings  - Complete Alphabetical Listing (continued):

1        Macy's (U.S. in 2017)

5        Macy's (2016)

1        Mariano's (2016)

1        Marshalls (2016)

1        McAlister’s Deli (2016)

1        Menard (2016)

70      Miu Miu (by 2016)

1        Natural Grocers

1        Neiman Marcus (2016)

1        Nike Community Store

3        Nordstrom (Canada through 2017)

2        Nordstrom (US through 2018)

15      Nordstrom Rack (through 2017)

1        Outback Steahouse

1        PCC Natural Market (2016)

27      Petco

350    Philly Pretzel Factory (by 2020)

60      Pizza Hut (through 2017)

50      Prada Men’s Store (by 2016)

2        Publix (2016)

2        REI (2016)

25      Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth (Canada 2016-2019)

1        Saks Fifth Avenue Shoe Store (2016)

1        Sam's Club (2016)

100    Sephora (through 2016)

1        Shake Shack (2016)

33      Smart & Final (2016)

67      Smart & Final (through 2020)

1        Smashburger (2016)

3        Sportsman's Warehouse (2016)

1        Sprouts Farmers Market (2016)

1500  Starbucks (China, through 2019)

100    Starbucks (Malaysia, through 2017)

1        Starbucks Reserve Roastery (2016)

1        Starbucks (South Africa 2016)

12      Stein Mart (2016)

1        Subway (2016)

400   T-Mobile

4        Target (2016)

1        Tiffany's (New Zealand 2016)

197    TJX (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods)

338    Tony Luke's (by 2025)

1         Tractor Supply Co.

1         Trader Joe's (2017)

100     ULTA (2016

100     ULTA (2017)

240    Walmart (International 2016)

60      Walmart Supercenters (2016)

95      Walmart Neighborhood Markets

1        Wegmans (2016)

1        Wegmans (2017)

1000  Wendy's (by 2020)

5        Whole Foods 365 (2016)

10      Wisteria (through 2020)

1        Whole Foods (2016)

3        Whole Foods 365 (2016)

10      Whole Foods 365 (2017)

3        Whole Foods 365 (2018)

36      Zoes

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