Retail Therapy: Tom Thumb Opens Uptown, Wayfair Visits Dallas Farmers Market, Serena & Lily Joins Knox District

Uptown grocery shoppers now have a new choice for getting their weekend grocery shopping done.Tom Thumb opened a 56,000-square-foot store Friday in The Union, a $350 million high-rise office, residential, restaurant complex built by RED Development and designed by Dallas-based HKS.To cater to the tower residents paying monthly rents starting at $2,100 — and office workers on their way home — the street-level supermarket and pharmacy is also set up for both deliveries and drive-through pickups.It's a grocery store but also has an expanded selection of prepared foods, a bakery, a wine and a beer tap bar, bulk foods, a floral department, a Starbucks, a Dallas Cowboy fan shop and a Debi Lilly wedding planning services office. The store is at 2380 N. Field St.Wayfair's Way Day You have to be a certain age to remember when stores would have pretty amazing big blowout annual sales. Once- or twice-a-year markdowns are a thing of the past, but Amazon reinvented the concept a few years ago with its Prime Day.Last year, Wayfair jumped on the idea with its own Way Day. The second Way Day starts Wednesday and runs for 36 hours.Wayfair is one of those online companies that's making life difficult for established home furnishing brands.Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports has hired debt restructuring advisers, and Los Angeles-based Z Gallerie filed for Chapter 11reorganization last month.Wayfair's sales were up 46 percent last year to $4.6 billion. Wayfair's other ecommerce brands are participating in Way Day, too: AllModern, Josh & Main and Birch Lane. Wayfair is parking several employees and a big purple stretch limousine at the Dallas Farmers Market Saturday through Wednesday to promote Way Day. The promotion is only happening in Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Nashville and the company's headquarters city of Boston.   Continue reading...

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