Elliot Zwiebach

West Editor / Retail ,
Supermarket News
Shaner: Haggen aiming for 'white space' between conventional and specialty 
As Haggen enters Southern California as a completely unknown entity to most consumers, it believes it can fill a niche that is not being filled there Bill Shaner, CEO of the company’s new Pacific Southwest division, told SN in an exclusive interview.
Smart & Final to expand natural, organic offering
Smart & Final said Wednesday it has a “robust slate” of initiatives planned for 2015 to support ongoing same-store sales growth.
Haggen names five executives to Southwest staff 1
Haggen has announced the first five members of the Pacific Southwest leadership team, based in Irvine, Calif.
Dollar Tree says FTC may require 250 divestitures
Dollar Tree said Friday it may have to divest approximately 250 locations to complete its acquisition of Family Dollar Stores — a smaller number than previously anticipated, observers pointed out.
At 97, Schwartz still advises Unified members  2
Once known as “Mr. Certified” before Certified Grocers morphed into Unified Grocers, 97-year-old Ben Schwartz still comes into the company’s offices two or three days a week to talk with anyone who needs his help or asks for his advice.
Gallery: How Haggen converts a store 5
See photos from stores that Haggen converted from the Albertsons banner.
Dollar General to initiate dividend, accelerate unit growth
Dollar General said Thursday it plans to expand capital returns for shareholders.
Gallery: Insights from an 80-year grocery veteran 7
Ben Schwartz is closing in on age 98, but he still thinks about the future of the grocery industry a lot, as well as its past.
Haggen opens first Southern California store 1
The first of 83 Haggen locations in Southern California opened Wednesday at a former Albertsons store in Carlsbad, Calif., 35 miles north of San Diego.
Search for new Fresh Market CEO underway
The board of directors of The Fresh Market is beginning the process of interviewing potential candidates to become the chain’s next CEO, Sean C. Crane, the interim president and CEO, told analysts.
Retailers need to create 'wow' factor to hold customers
Consumers are bored with food, and retailers need to stretch their imaginations and create a “wow” experience to keep people coming back to shop, Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru and SN contributing editor, told listeners at the SN Health and Wellness Summit in Anaheim, Calif.
Integrating organics is way to go, Expo speakers say 1
Integrating organics with conventional equivalents seems to be the way the industry is heading, according to speakers at the SN Health and Wellness Summit in Anaheim, Calif.
SN Summit speakers: All stores need to carry organics
Natural and organic products are not fringe items anymore, and even ethnic operators have to be willing to make them available to customers who may seek them out, an executive at a Hispanic-focused chain told the SN Health and Wellness Summit in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday.
New formulations may require more refrigerated space
As consumers demand more fresh, natural and organic foods, retailers may encounter a need to devote more perimeter space to refrigerated products, according to a speaker at the SN Health and Wellness Summit.
Fresh Market to exit California by March 31 1
The Fresh Market said Thursday it plans to discontinue operations in California by March 31 “to focus on higher growth opportunities.”
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