Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Target plans to eliminate 'several thousand' HQ jobs
Target Corp. expects to eliminate “several thousand positions” over the next two years, primarily at its corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, as part of a general restructuring, the company told SN Wednesday.
Target hoping to connect food with rest of store
Target Corp. intends to use its food offerings to connect with special occasions that will drive consumers to shop other parts of the store to complement what they might buy in food, the company’s EVP and CFO told an investors conference Wednesday.
Target: New food strategy
Target Corp. said Tuesday it plans to test a new corporate merchandising approach to food in the Chicago marketplace by summer that will serve as a pilot for the chain’s new food strategy.
Whole Foods positioned for success, analysts say 
The outlook for Whole Food Market is very positive, according to written reports from industry analysts who attended the Austin, Texas-based chain’s first-ever investor day.
Gallery: Bashas’ remodel welcomes customers
Chandler, Ariz.-based Bashas’ unveiled its first remodeled store for 2015 in late February in Peoria, Arizona.
Sprouts focusing on private-label, foodservice
Sprouts Farmers Market is focusing on expanding its private-label assortment and also running tests to expand its foodservice offerings, company executives told investors during a conference call Wednesday.
Food will be 'critically important' to Target's future: Cornell
Food will be “a critically important area of opportunity” for Target Corp., Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, told analysts Wednesday.
Food in the crosshairs at Target  2
Target Corporation is reassessing its grocery offerings as it focuses its attention on its U.S. stores following the shutdown of its Canadian venture, industry observers told SN.
Unified to expand GM/HBW by leasing Raley's facility
Unified Grocers said Monday it has reached an agreement to take over operation of the Raley’s nonfood distribution center in Northern California and use it as a platform to expand its GM and HBW business companywide.
Gallery: Looking back 80 years at Raley's
Here's a look back at Raley's Supermarkets' 80 years in business.
Albertsons-Safeway: What's happening now? (audio slideshow) 1
SN’s Western Retail Editor Elliot Zwiebach reports on size of the newly combined Albertsons and Safeway and how the company is handling banner names and leadership in this audio slideshow.
Whole Foods posts record sales, plans more stores 3
Whole Foods Market said Wednesday it expects to open between 38 and 42 new stores this year, including relocations, for annual square-footage growth of 9% to 10%.
Gallery: Los Angeles’ Yummy.com delivers, fast
Yummy.com, a Los Angeles-based grocery delivery company, opened its sixth store in a mid-city location in early February.
Niche offering key for Yummy.com: CEO 
Yummy.com believes it has found the key to home delivery of groceries that has eluded most supermarket operators — keeping the focus on serving the needs of a very specific target customer.
Wild Oats banner returns at Fresh & Easy in Scottsdale 2
Fresh & Easy is testing a new concept under the Wild Oats banner at a single store in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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