Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Analysts weigh in on Whole Foods' new pricing program 1

Whole Foods Market has lowered pricing in the perishable sections of its five Austin, Texas, stores as part of an effort to improve its value image, industry observers told SN — though they said it could take up to two years to change consumer perceptions and impact sales if and when the program is rolled out chain-wide.

Supervalu reports second security breach 2
For the second time in six weeks, Supervalu said it experienced a breach in its data systems.
SN’s Analysts Roundtable, Part 2: Weighing in on Safeway, Kroger, Walmart 
Why Safeway decided to sell its stores to Albertsons, why Kroger acquired Vitacost.com and why Walmart needs to do a better job of execution and merchandising — those were among the topics discussed during SN’s 19th annual Analysts Roundtable.
SN’s Analysts Roundtable, Part 3: Natural and organics, Sprouts, Wholesalers 
Participants at SN's 19th annual analysts roundtable predicted the natural and organics category will continue to gain wider consumer acceptance, with Sprouts posing a potential threat to Whole Foods.
Value Trapped: Many shoppers still feeling the pinch 
Consumers remain cautious despite improvements in the economy, said participants in SN’s 2014 Financial Analysts Roundtable
UNFI says cap-ex will level off in F2016
United Natural Foods, Inc., plans to continue aggressive investments in infrastructure for the next two years, after which it expects capital spending to level off to more normal levels, company executives told investors Wednesday during a conference call to discuss financial results for the fiscal year ended Aug. 2.
Gallery: Bashas’ Food City stores get revamped
Bashas’ opened a remodeled Food City on Sept. 10 in the heart of Phoenix.
Family Dollar urges shareholders to reject Dollar General tender offer
Family Dollar Stores recommended Wednesday its shareholders not tender their stock, following a conditional tender offer by Dollar General Corp Family Dollar characterized as “illusory.”
Gallery: Introducing Los Altos Ranch Market
Los Altos Ranch Market introduced its newly rebanded stores with in-store events and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Dollar store war could impact Walmart 
The biggest winner — or loser — in the battle to acquire Family Dollar Stores might be Walmart, according to industry observers.
Mariano’s Quick Turnaround 
SN honors Mariano’s with its 2014 Retail Achievement Award for its rapid growth in Chicagoland.
Gallery: Mariano’s store tour 
The Mariano’s store in Ravenswood, Ill., is what the company calls “a showpiece” — a location that features the best of what that chain has to offer.
Retailers report rising supermarket sales 
As the economy keeps improving, so are supermarket sales, according to industry executives around the U.S., who told SN summer sales have been increasing — and most said they expect more of the same through the fall.
Dollar General ups the ante for Family Dollar
Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the board of directors of Family Dollar Stores that would increase its all-cash offer to $80 per share, for a total offer of approximately $9.1 billion.
Mariano's leases shuttered Dominick's in Naperville, Ill.
Mariano’s Fresh Market said it will open a store at one additional former Dominick’s location — a shuttered site in Naperville, Ill., that it plans to lease.

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