Elliot Zwiebach

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Wall Street analysts cite concerns over Whole Foods strategies  6
Wall Street analysts came down hard Thursday on some of the strategies Whole Foods Market is pursuing after listening to management discuss first-quarter results a day earlier.
Whole Foods: 365 will help transform legacy stores  1
Whole Foods Market said Wednesday it expects the 365 stores it will begin opening in May will help transform the company’s legacy stores.
Fairway may miss covenants in April 2
Fairway Group Holdings, corporate parent of New York-based Fairway Market, said Friday the company may fall out of compliance with financial covenants at the end of its fiscal year in April, with the possibility it might not have enough working capital to fulfill its debt obligations.
Rouses takes ‘local’ seriously 
Rouses Enterprises promotes local because it is local, according to Donny Rouse Jr., the chain’s managing partner.
Nugget offers ‘lifestyle diets’ 
Nugget Markets is trying to keep its customers happy as well as healthy by tagging the shelves to let them know which items will meet a growing variety of dietary needs.
Local Heroes: Five independent retailers share strategies for ‘going local’ 
Local marketing comes naturally to independent grocers because they are by definition community-based, as exemplified by five retailers profiled by SN.
Gelson's growth set through 2018 
Gelson’s Markets, which is in the midst of converting several former Haggen stores to its banner, said Monday it plans to build a ground-up store in Hollywood, Calif., scheduled to open early in 2018.
Independents rule: 2016 Top 50 list 
SN’s annual list of the Top 50 Small Chains and Independents has several new faces this year.
Natural Grocers expects sales boost from initiatives
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage said Thursday it anticipates substantial sales increases as it’s able to bring more customers into its loyalty program.
Albertsons, Haggen reach litigation settlement
Albertsons said Friday it will pay Haggen $5.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Haggen.
Gallery: Gelson's debuts in San Diego 1
Gelson’s in Del Mar, Calif. — the chain’s first location in San Diego — is the first former Haggen to reopen under a different banner.
Festival to add natural pork, organic chicken
Festival Foods said the success of its grass-fed beef program is prompting it to expand its offerings to natural pork and organic chicken.
Supervalu sets investments to combat deflation
Supervalu expects to invest more in pricing and promotions during its fiscal fourth quarter to try to mitigate the impact of deflation, company executives said Wednesday.
Florida Albertsons to become Safeways 12
Albertsons said Tuesday it plans to introduce the Safeway banner in Florida at its three remaining locations there.
2016 Top 75: Consolidation transforms food retailing  2
This year’s Top 75 list reflects impact of consolidation, and alternate formats make strong showing.
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