Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Fairway plans more robust growth
Fairway Market plans to resume a more robust expansion pattern over the next few years, with one new store scheduled to open late in fiscal 2016, two in 2017 and three the following year, Jack Murphy, CEO of the 15-store chain, told financial analysts Thursday.
Haggen to begin rebannering stores 5
Haggen will begin converting the 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores it acquired to its own banner beginning next week, with all stores expected to be converted within 120 days, an industry source with knowledge of the company’s operations told SN.
2015 Top 50: Independent Spirit 
A diverse group of independent operators rounds out SN’s annual list of the Top 50 Small Chains and Independents.
Northgate Gonzalez: Modernizing stores 
Northgate Gonzalez Market plans to boost its efforts to reinvest in its store fleet in 2015 — “to modernize some stores, to make the shopping experience more exciting and entertaining, and to serve customers in new and different ways” — Mike Hendry, VP of marketing, told SN.
Larkin optimistic on independents
Despite a still-competitive environment and a challenging economy, the outlook for independents is brighter than it has been, Peter Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association, told SN.
Haggen executive optimistic, observers skeptical 
Despite the confidence of Haggen’s top executive, the chain may have a tough time succeeding in Southern California as it prepares to enter the marketplace with 83 stores, industry observers in the market told SN.
2015 CEO Outlook: Competition intensifies as economy improves
In the final installment of SN's annual CEO Outlook, food retailing leaders from Roche Bros. Unified Grocers and Associated Food Stores describe how new projects — their own and their competitors' — could make a difference in their fortunes in 2015.
Affiliated offers training in meat, produce techniques 
To develop meat cutters and produce merchandisers with the skill to help independents differentiate themselves, Affiliated Foods has developed a new series of training programs to enable employees at member companies to gain the know-how they need.
2015 CEO Outlook: Economy needs more than gas boost 
Food industry leaders aren’t yet convinced the good times are here to stay, SN’s annual survey of supermarket CEOs reveals.
Gallery: Top wholesalers of 2015
SN compiles a list of the top wholesalers for 2015.
Gallery: 2015 top alternative formats 2
Which alternative formats bring in the most sales? This list of top performing alternative formats is part of SN's Top 75 list of U.S. and Canadian retailers with the most food sales.
2015 Top 75: The Big Picture  1
Changes in the annual ranking reflect the multichannel nature of food retailing.
Family Dollar urges 'yes' vote on Dollar Tree
Family Dollar Stores reiterated its request Monday that shareholders vote in favor of its agreement to merge with Dollar Tree, citing indications from the Federal Trade Commission that the merger would be more advantageous than a competing proposal for Family Dollar by Dollar General.
Costco sales up but possible headwinds loom
Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., said sales were up 5% in December, though an industry analyst said financial headwinds might mean tough going for the company in the months ahead.
Ralphs pops cork on wine bar 1
Consumers in downtown Los Angeles can stop into the local Ralphs Fresh Fare either to shop or to lift a glass or two at a new in-store wine-and-beer bar.

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