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Hissho Sushi Beer Bar

November 10, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Yahoo! Style: Walmart Is Adding a Beer and Sushi Restaurant Inside This Location

Article Originally Published on Yahoo! Style, click here to read the original by Cheyenne Buckingham

Imagine a world where you walk into Walmart and order a plate of sushi and a few beers to share with friends. For some Walmart shoppers, this could be a new reality.

 

A Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas (located in the Ozarks!) will be introducing an upscale sushi restaurant in their store soon. At the restaurant, shoppers will be able to choose from an assortment of hand-rolled sushi made by “highly-trained” sushi chefs as well as hot appetizers including dim sum and Asian chicken wings.

 

To wash down that crunchy shrimp roll, patrons will be able to order from a list of eight wines and 12 rotating beers on tap, some of which will be featured from a local brewery in town called Bike Rack Brewing Company. Not only will this restaurant tailor to your happy hour and dinner needs, but it will also satisfy your breakfast cravings as well. In the mornings, the establishment will serve healthy options including avocado toast, acai bowls, and smoothies

 

So, why put a sushi restaurant inside of a Walmart? Well, the concept isn’t as random as it may appear. Walmart is partnering with Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar to make this idea come to life, but this isn’t the first time the grocery giant has worked with the nation’s second-largest sushi provider. In fact, a few Walmart locations in Charlotte, North Carolina launched “Hissho on the Go” last year where shoppers can purchase pre-made sushi rolls to take home.

 

Hissho has also partnered with Meijer and helped the grocery chain open its own sushi and craft beer bar inside one of its locations in Brighton, Michigan. However, that was before the pandemic hit. At this new Walmart restaurant, all 20 employees will be required to follow strict hand-washing and sanitation protocols. In addition, the restaurant will only be able to operate at half capacity with tables six feet apart and everyone will be required to wear a mask upon entry.

September 20, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Sushi, craft beer bar chain opens 1st state site in Rogers Walmart

Article Originally Published on Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, click here to read the original by John Magsam

Kelsey Webster of Bentonville eats sushi with her daughter Natalie on Wednesday at the Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar located in the Walmart store at Pleasant Crossing Boulevard in Rogers

ROGERS — Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar, the chain’s first location in Arkansas, is now open inside a Rogers Walmart Supercenter.

 

The 2,000-square-foot location inside the Pleasant Crossing Boulevard Walmart store includes a sit-down restaurant and bar as well as takeout and plans are to eventually offer some delivery options. The location will feature craft beer from Bentonville-based Bike Rack Brewing Co., along with selections from other area craft brewers. It’s expected to eventually employ about 20 hourly workers.

Doc Beahm of Eureka Springs orders lunch Wednesday Sept. 16,2020 from server Kochthipphan Robinson at the Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar located in the Walmart store at Pleasant Crossing in Rogers.

The format is the company’s second sushi bar and craft beer bar combo — it has a similar set up in a Meijer supermarket in Michigan. Other Hissho locations are typically partnered with a retail spot, like a grocery store deli, university, or hospital and offer fresh grab and go sushi made by a sushi chef on-site daily.

 

Hissho Sushi is based in Charlotte, N.C. and is the nation’s second-largest franchise sushi chain, according to the company. It was founded in 1998 and has nearly 2,000 locations in 42 states.

 

“We think this is a dynamite location for us,” John Golaszewski, director of nontraditional operations for Hissho Sushi, said regarding the Rogers operation.

 

The sushi spot in Rogers offers hot foods as well, including Asian chicken wings, boom boom shrimp and dim sum and a selection of craft beers, as well as wine. There are breakfast options, too, like avocado toast, acai bowls and smoothies.

According to IBIS World, the sushi restaurant industry, like the restaurant industry as a whole, is expected to take a hit in 2020 from reduced customer spending because of the covid-19 pandemic. According to data from the National Restaurant Association, the food service industry has lost $165 billion in sales for March through July, and could lose $240 billion by the end of the year, due to the pandemic.

 

The market size of the sushi restaurant segment for 2020, based on revenue, is $20 billion, and IBIS World predicts a revenue decline of 9.9% for the year. Between 2015 and 2020, the market size saw average annual growth of 1.1%.

Capacity at the Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar in Rogers will be limited to 50% currently per covid-19 requirements and chairs and tables will be placed to adhere to social distancing requirements, according to the company. All employees will receive training on hand washing and sanitation requirements, be screened prior to their shifts, and be required to wear masks.

 

The dine-in area of the restaurant includes transparent partitions at the sushi bar seating area as well as at some of the larger table setups. The location also has patio seating.

 

In an emailed statement, Avani Dudhia, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the company is excited to bring the new Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar to its customers in Rogers, adding that it will appeal to a wide variety of folks, from parents who need to pick up a meal after shopping to friends looking for a quick escape after work.

 

Jeff Charlson, co-founder of Bike Rack Brewing Co., said the company was eager to work with Hissho. Charlson said the brewer is working closely with Hissho to educate it not only about Bike Rack’s products but also the whole Northwest Arkansas brewing scene. The beer offerings at the sushi bar will include brews from several other local craft beer makers.

 

In 2018, Bike Rack Brewing was the fourth-largest craft beer producer in the state with 2,404 barrels, according to data from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. In 2018, the state’s top five craft beer makers accounted for 27,686 barrels, or 73% of the state’s total beer production. Lost Forty Brewery in Little Rock produced the lion’s share with 14,250 barrels, or nearly 40% of the state’s total.

 

Hissho’s Golaszewski said the company is committed to featuring Northwest Arkansas brewers alongside its sushi and other menu items.

 

“You won’t be able to buy a Budweiser here,” he said.

September 10, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Eat This, Not That!: Walmart Is Adding a Beer and Sushi Restaurant Inside This Location

Article Originally Published on Eat This, Not That!, click here to read the original by Cheyenne Buckingham

Imagine a world where you walk into Walmart and order a plate of sushi and a few beers to share with friends. For some Walmart shoppers, this could be a new reality.


A Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas (located in the Ozarks!) will be introducing an upscale sushi restaurant in their store soon. At the restaurant, shoppers will be able to choose from an assortment of hand-rolled sushi made by “highly-trained” sushi chefs as well as hot appetizers including dim sum and Asian chicken wings.

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To wash down that crunchy shrimp roll, patrons will be able to order from a list of eight wines and 12 rotating beers on tap, some of which will be featured from a local brewery in town called Bike Rack Brewing Company. Not only will this restaurant tailor to your happy hour and dinner needs, but it will also satisfy your breakfast cravings as well. In the mornings, the establishment will serve healthy options including avocado toast, acai bowls, and smoothies. (Make sure you check out What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Smoothie Every Day.)


So, why put a sushi restaurant inside of a Walmart? Well, the concept isn’t as random as it may appear. Walmart is partnering with Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar to make this idea come to life, but this isn’t the first time the grocery giant has worked with the nation’s second-largest sushi provider. In fact, a few Walmart locations in Charlotte, North Carolina launched “Hissho on the Go” last year where shoppers can purchase pre-made sushi rolls to take home.


Hissho has also partnered with Meijer and helped the grocery chain open its own sushi and craft beer bar inside one of its locations in Brighton, Michigan. However, that was before the pandemic hit. At this new Walmart restaurant, all 20 employees will be required to follow strict hand-washing and sanitation protocols. In addition, the restaurant will only be able to operate at half capacity with tables six feet apart and everyone will be required to wear a mask upon entry.

September 10, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

MSN Style: Walmart Is Adding a Beer and Sushi Restaurant Inside This Location

Article Originally Published on MSN Style, click here to read the original by Cheyenne Buckingham

Imagine a world where you walk into Walmart and order a plate of sushi and a few beers to share with friends. For some Walmart shoppers, this could be a new reality.

 

A Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas (located in the Ozarks!) will be introducing an upscale sushi restaurant in their store soon. At the restaurant, shoppers will be able to choose from an assortment of hand-rolled sushi made by “highly-trained” sushi chefs as well as hot appetizers including dim sum and Asian chicken wings.

 

To wash down that crunchy shrimp roll, patrons will be able to order from a list of eight wines and 12 rotating beers on tap, some of which will be featured from a local brewery in town called Bike Rack Brewing Company. Not only will this restaurant tailor to your happy hour and dinner needs, but it will also satisfy your breakfast cravings as well. In the mornings, the establishment will serve healthy options including avocado toast, acai bowls, and smoothies

 

So, why put a sushi restaurant inside of a Walmart? Well, the concept isn’t as random as it may appear. Walmart is partnering with Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar to make this idea come to life, but this isn’t the first time the grocery giant has worked with the nation’s second-largest sushi provider. In fact, a few Walmart locations in Charlotte, North Carolina launched “Hissho on the Go” last year where shoppers can purchase pre-made sushi rolls to take home.

 

Hissho has also partnered with Meijer and helped the grocery chain open its own sushi and craft beer bar inside one of its locations in Brighton, Michigan. However, that was before the pandemic hit. At this new Walmart restaurant, all 20 employees will be required to follow strict hand-washing and sanitation protocols. In addition, the restaurant will only be able to operate at half capacity with tables six feet apart and everyone will be required to wear a mask upon entry.

September 9, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Grocery Dive: Walmart elevates meal options with sushi and craft beer restaurant

Article Originally Published on Grocery Dive, click here to read the original by Krishna Thakker

Dive Brief:

 
  • Walmart is partnering with Hissho Sushi and Craft Beer Bar to launch the concept inside a Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas, according to a press release. The sushi restaurant serves items including hand-rolled sushi and hot appetizers and will employ 20 people, including highly trained sushi chefs. 
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  • Selections on the menu include California rolls, as well as spicy red pepper and crunchy shrimp rolls. Hot appetizers include Asian chicken wings, shrimp, dim sum and a list of eight wines and 12 rotating beers on tap featuring beers from local brewery Bike Rack Brewing Company. The restaurant also serves breakfast items like avocado toast, acai bowls and fruit smoothies. 
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  • To open its in-store restaurant during COVID-19, Walmart and Hissho will provide employees with training focused on hand-washing and sanitation and require them to wear masks and be screened before each shift. The restaurant will also be operating at half capacity with tables and chairs spread six feet apart, and require customers to wear a mask to enter, per Arkansas’ guidelines.
 

Dive Insight:

 

While many customers are still choosing to cook at home and skipping the dine-in restaurant experience due to safety concerns, Walmart’s full-service, in-store restaurant signals the grocer’s interest in elevating its meal options. Although the grocer has always offered the typical supermarket prepared foods like fried chicken and deli items, shoppers are looking for new dishes, and innovation is key in keeping them interested. 

 

Supermarket prepared foods represent the fastest-growing sector of the foodservice industry and exceed $12.7 billion in annual sales, according to FMI. While sushi has always been a supermarket staple, consumers have shifted to wanting more than just a grab-and-go selection. 

 

Walmart has worked with Hissho, the nation’s second-largest sushi provider, in the past. The grocer launched “Hissho on the Go” at Walmart locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area late last year. Hissho chefs make hand-rolled sushi off-site daily for delivery to the stores.

 

Prior to Walmart, Hissho partnered with Meijer right before the pandemic to open its craft beer and sushi bar inside a location in Brighton, Michigan. The restaurant features offerings similar to what Walmart’s Hissho restaurant sells, but works with a different local brewery.

 

In addition, Hy-Vee and QFC recently opened sushi bars inside new stores, Wegmans now offers sushi to-go through its delivery app and Target tested a sustainable sushi line in 2018.

September 8, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Progressive Grocer: Walmart Gets Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar

Article Originally Published on Progressive Grocer, click here to read the original by Bridget Goldschmidt

Just months after opening the United States’ inaugural Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar, the company is bringing the in-store restaurant concept to northwest Arkansas, debuting its second location within a Walmart store there.

 

The first Sushi & Craft Beer Bar opened within a Brighton, Mich., Meijer last February. Hissho also introduced the Hissho on the Go program at Walmart locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area late last year.

 

“This opening of our second craft beer bar location showcases Hissho Sushi’s commitment to growth and redefining the experience of a customer’s evening at their local grocery store,” noted Dan Beem, CEO of Charlotte -based Hissho Sushi. “As we continue to emerge as a leader in our market, we’re proud to work with progressive retailers to create an experience that is worth coming back for every day.”

 

The sit-down sushi restaurant inside the Walmart Supercenter on South Pleasant Crossing Boulevard in Rogers, Arkansas, aims to elevate the customer experience to provide not only fresh, hand-rolled sushi, hot appetizers and more, but also a new way to enjoy them. The 2,000-square-foot space will employ 20 employees, including highly trained local sushi chefs using premium, responsibly sourced ingredients.

 

As well as traditional favorites like California rolls and Krispy Krab, along with Spicy Red Pepper and Crunchy Shrimp rolls for the more daring palates; a range of hot appetizers, including Asian chicken wings, Boom Boom Shrimp, Dim Sum; and craft beer and wines on tap, the concept offers a Healthy Morning Collection, including avocado toast, acai bowls and real-fruit smoothies.

 

As with its first location, Hissho Sushi is working with a local Rogers brewery, Bike Rack Brewing Co., to feature its beer at the restaurant.

 

“Hissho wants to provide our partners with the most creative, craveable products and concepts possible so our relationship and sales can continue to grow,” added Beem. “We’re excited for the opportunity to reach new audiences with this concept and continue to share our passion for sushi.”

 

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, all employees are receiving training on handwashing and sanitation requirements. They’re also required to wear masks and undergo screening ahead of each shift. The restaurant is currently operating at half its normal occupancy rate, tables and chairs are spaced 6 feet apart, and, in accordance with state guidelines, customers must wear masks to enter the restaurant.

 

Supermarket prepared foods are the fastest-growing sector of the foodservice industry, now surpassing $12.7 billion, according to FMI – The Food Industry Association.

 

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart operates more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries, and e-commerce websites, employing 2.2 million-plus associates worldwide. Walmart U.S. is No. 1 on The PG 100, PG’s list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. With more than 245 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer is No.19 on PG’s list.

September 8, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Perishable News: Expanding Hissho Sushi’s New Take on Happy Hour: Sushi Industry Leader Opens Second Craft Beer Bar Inside Arkansas Walmart

Article Originally Published on Perishable News, click here to read the original 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sushi and craft beer lovers rejoice! Just six months after opening the nation’s first Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar, the industry leader is now bringing the new concept to Northwest Arkansas, launching its second location inside an area Walmart.

 

“This opening of our second craft beer bar location showcases Hissho Sushi’s commitment to growth and redefining the experience of a customer’s evening at their local grocery store,” said Dan Beem, CEO of Hissho Sushi. “As we continue to emerge as a leader in our market, we’re proud to work with progressive retailers to create an experience that is worth coming back for every day.”

 

Supermarket prepared foods are the fastest growing sector of the foodservice industry, now exceeding $12.7 billion, according to the Food Marketing Institute. Hissho’s research shows that today’s consumers are looking for more than just product variety and competitive pricing – they’re looking for an experience. To maximize this growth and achieve consumers’ expectations, Hissho recognized that it needed to deliver an innovative idea that illustrated a premium experience, coupled with convenience, and provided easy access to delicious, everyday temptations: sushi and craft beer.

This new sit-down, sushi restaurant inside the Walmart Supercenter on South Pleasant Crossing Boulevard in Rogers steps up the customer experience to provide not only fresh, hand-rolled sushi, hot appetizers and more, but also a new way to enjoy them. The 2,000 square foot space will employ a team of 20, including highly trained, local sushi chefs who are passionate about the tempting and innovative sushi prepared each day with premium, responsibly sourced ingredients.

 

Customers will find traditional favorites like California rolls and Krispy Krab, alongside Spicy Red Pepper and Crunchy Shrimp rolls for the more daring palates. Along with Hissho’s innovative sushi rolls, customers will also find a full menu carrying hot appetizers, including Asian chicken wings and Boom Boom Shrimp, Dim Sum and an ever-changing list of craft beer on tap. The concept also includes a Healthy Morning Collection, carrying morning favorites like avocado toast, acai bowls and real fruit smoothies. 

 

Similar to its first location, Hissho Sushi is working with a brewery local to the Rogers community to feature on its rotating taps. Bike Rack Brewing Company’s beer will be featured on the 12-rotating tap list. In addition to beer, Hissho’s Craft Beer Bars also feature eight wines on tap.

 

“Hissho wants to provide our partners with the most creative, craveable products and concepts possible so our relationship and sales can continue to grow,” said Beem. “We’re excited for the opportunity to reach new audiences with this concept and continue to share our passion for sushi.”

 

Hissho’s top priority with opening the new Rogers location is its employees’ and customers’ health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help prevent the spread of the virus, all employees receive training focused on stringent handwashing and sanitation requirements. They are also required to wear masks and be screened ahead of each shift. The restaurant is currently operating at half its normal occupancy rate, tables and chairs are spaced six feet apart to promote social distancing and, as per Arkansas guidelines, customers are required to wear a mask to enter the restaurant.

About Hissho Sushi

Hissho Sushi, headquartered in Charlotte NC, is the second-largest sushi franchise in the country and has regularly been recognized for their phenomenal growth and as a top employer by INC. Magazine, Smart CEO and the Charlotte Business Journal. Founded in 1998, Hissho Sushi has grown to nearly 2,000 locations in 42 states. Hissho Sushi partners with retailers in grocery, university, corporate services and healthcare facilities to ensure we’re offering freshly made sushi everywhere that our consumers work, live and play. Through its business, Hissho Sushi aspires to enrich lives, and to inspire all to be great and do good.

September 8, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

Fast Casual: Arkansas Walmart welcomes sushi concept

Article Originally Published on Fast Casual, click here to read the original 

Six months after opening the nation’s first Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar, the company is bringing the concept to northwest Arkansas, launching its second location inside an area Walmart.

 

 

“This opening of our second craft beer bar location showcases Hissho Sushi’s commitment to growth and redefining the experience of a customer’s evening at their local grocery store,” Hissho Sush CEO Dan Beem said in a company press release.

 

 

Supermarket prepared foods are the fastest-growing sector of the foodservice industry, now exceeding $12.7 billion, according to the Food Marketing Institute. Hissho’s research found that today’s consumers are looking for more than just product variety and competitive pricing —they’re looking for an experience. To maximize this growth and achieve consumers’ expectations, Hissho recognized that it needed to deliver an innovative idea that illustrated a premium experience, coupled with convenience, and provided easy access to delicious, everyday temptations: sushi and craft beer, according to the press release.

 

 

The sushi restaurant inside the Walmart Supercenter on South Pleasant Crossing Boulevard in Rogers provides hand-rolled sushi and hot appetizers, employing 20 people. Customers will find traditional favorites like California rolls and Krispy Krab, alongside Spicy Red Pepper and Crunchy Shrimp rolls. Along with Hissho’s sushi rolls, customers may choose from hot appetizers, including Asian chicken wings and Boom Boom Shrimp and Dim Sum. It also includes a Healthy Morning Collection, featuring avocado toast, acai bowls and real fruit smoothies.

 

 

Bike Rack Brewing Company’s beer is available via 12-rotating taps, and eight wines are also on tap.

 

 

“Hissho wants to provide our partners with the most creative, craveable products and concepts possible so our relationship and sales can continue to grow,” Beem said. “We’re excited for the opportunity to reach new audiences with this concept and continue to share our passion for sushi.”

 

 

Hissho Sushi, headquartered in Charlotte North Carolina, is the second-largest sushi franchise in the country. Founded in 1998, it has grown to nearly 2,000 locations in 42 states, partnering with retailers in grocery, university, corporate services and healthcare facilities.

August 21, 2020 by clapcreative 0 Comments

KFSM-TV 5 News: Arkansas’ first Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar to open in Walmart in Rogers

Article Originally Published on KFSM-TV 5 News, click here to read the original 

Hissho Sushi will open Arkansas’ first Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar inside Walmart on Pleasant Crossing Boulevard in Rogers tomorrow (Aug. 22).

ROGERS, Ark. — Hissho Sushi will open Arkansas’ first Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar inside Walmart on Pleasant Crossing Boulevard in Rogers Saturday (Aug. 22).

 

Hissho Sushi is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

“We’re honored to bring this new concept to life inside Walmart and redefine the customer’s experience,” said Dan Beem, CEO of Hissho Sushi. “This Hissho Sushi & Craft Beer Bar allows us to provide the Rogers community and Northwest Arkansas a one-of-a-kind experience where shoppers can conveniently enjoy Hissho menu items, a craft beer or glass of wine before or after they get in their weekly shopping.” 

Aside from sushi rolls, Hissho Sushi’s menu includes appetizers such as Asian chicken wings, Boom Boom Shrimp, and Dim Sum. There is also a rotating list of wine and craft beer on tap, including northwest Arkansas’ very own Bike Rack Brewing Company. 

 

It also includes a Healthy Morning Collection that has morning favorites like avocado toast, acai bowls and real fruit smoothies. 

 

Hissho’s priority is the health and safety of its customers and employees. Employees will receive training focused on stringent hand washing and sanitation requirements in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

They will be required to wear masks and be screened ahead of each shift. The restaurant will operate at half its normal occupancy rate, tables and chairs will be spaced six feet apart to promote social distancing, and customers will be required to wear a mask to enter the restaurant. 

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