Elliot Zwiebach

Aldi: Even bigger than you think 
Aldi became a coast-to-coast operator this year when it moved into Southern California.
Dollar General: Units could double 
Dollar General Corp. is on a very aggressive expansion run, targeting up to 13,000 potential sites in the continental U.S. — which would double the number of stores it currently operates.
Save-A-Lot: Eyeing new era for growth  2
Save-A-Lot expects to continue to expand its store base this year at the same time it makes significant merchandising changes inside the box aimed at improving sales performance.
Smart & Final: Haggen deal gets something Extra 
The acquisition of 33 former Haggen stores in California has Smart & Final taking a new look at offerings like sushi bars — and at how densely situated its stores can be.
Sprouts: Momentum in the Southeast 
Sprouts is continuing its aggressive growth trajectory, spreading out from its Southwest roots across the lower half of the U.S.
Analysts: 365 prices down, cannibalization fears up  1
Prices at 365 by Whole Foods Market are anywhere from 15% to 20% below those at legacy Whole Foods stores, according to surveys by three industry analysts — making cannibalization of legacy stores a potential problem, they said.
Fresh foods will drive sales, Costco says 
Costco Wholesale Corp. said it expects fresh food to drive sales for the warehouse-club company.
365 executives satisfied with first-day business 
Executives at the first 365 by Whole Foods Market in Silver Lake, Calif., appeared satisfied by the middle of opening day Wednesday with the direction of the store’s sales, though they said they weren’t sure what kind of volume the store might ultimately do.
Whole Foods opens 'streamlined' 365 store 
Whole Foods Market unveiled its new 365 concept today at a store in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles — the company’s effort “to streamline the shopping process with a blend of innovation and convenience,” it said.
Walmart moving faster on price investments 
Walmart plans to initiate its next phase of U.S. price investments earlier than planned, Doug McMillon, president and CEO, told investors Thursday.
Grocery resets will boost sales, Target says 
Target Corp. said Wednesday it expects “very strong sales results” following resets in every aisle of its dry grocery sections that disrupted performance in the category during the first quarter ended April 30.
Kroger not taking success for granted, McMullen says 
Kroger Co. is not taking its success for granted, Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO, told shareholders in a letter the company shared with the media.
Kroger exec: Less successful initiatives can produce positive learnings 
Not everything Kroger Co. tries needs to produce positive results to be considered a success, J. Michael Schlotman, SVP and CFO, told an investors conference Tuesday.
Natural Grocers to hold steady on growth rate 
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage intends to maintain its 20% annual growth rate for new stores through 2017 and probably beyond, Kemper Isely, CEO, told investors Thursday.
Whole Foods plans stronger marketing effort 
Whole Foods expects to announce a broad-based marketing strategy later this year, Walter Robb, co-CEO, told investors Wednesday.
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