Elliot Zwiebach

Elliot
Zwiebach
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Nugget set to acquire two stores 
Nugget Markets said Wednesday it plans to acquire two Northern California independent stores that will expand its operations northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Aldi poses minimal threat, Stater Bros. says 17
Aldi is scheduled to open its first eight stores in Southern California late next month — all in areas east of Los Angeles — but Stater Bros. Markets, which dominates those areas, doubts the new competitor will have much impact.
Food growth at Target quickens pace 
Comparable food sales at Target Corp. grew faster in the fourth quarter than overall company sales in either the third or fourth quarters — growth that validates the changes the company is making in assortment, presentation and freshness, Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, told investors Wednesday.
Festival favors fresh, scales back on grocery 
Festival Foods is expanding fresh, natural and organic offerings at the expense of traditional groceries, Mark Skogen, president and CEO of the Onalaska, Wis.-based company, told SN.
NGA Show to focus on Millennials
As the industry adjusts its marketing to attract more Millennials, the focus will not solely be on consumers but also on employees, Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association, told SN.
Wall Street analysts cite concerns over Whole Foods strategies  8
Wall Street analysts came down hard Thursday on some of the strategies Whole Foods Market is pursuing after listening to management discuss first-quarter results a day earlier.
Whole Foods: 365 will help transform legacy stores  2
Whole Foods Market said Wednesday it expects the 365 stores it will begin opening in May will help transform the company’s legacy stores.
Fairway may miss covenants in April 4
Fairway Group Holdings, corporate parent of New York-based Fairway Market, said Friday the company may fall out of compliance with financial covenants at the end of its fiscal year in April, with the possibility it might not have enough working capital to fulfill its debt obligations.
Rouses takes ‘local’ seriously  1
Rouses Enterprises promotes local because it is local, according to Donny Rouse Jr., the chain’s managing partner.
Nugget offers ‘lifestyle diets’ 
Nugget Markets is trying to keep its customers happy as well as healthy by tagging the shelves to let them know which items will meet a growing variety of dietary needs.
Local Heroes: Five independent retailers share strategies for ‘going local’ 
Local marketing comes naturally to independent grocers because they are by definition community-based, as exemplified by five retailers profiled by SN.
Gelson's growth set through 2018 
Gelson’s Markets, which is in the midst of converting several former Haggen stores to its banner, said Monday it plans to build a ground-up store in Hollywood, Calif., scheduled to open early in 2018.
Independents rule: 2016 Top 50 list 
SN’s annual list of the Top 50 Small Chains and Independents has several new faces this year.
Natural Grocers expects sales boost from initiatives
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage said Thursday it anticipates substantial sales increases as it’s able to bring more customers into its loyalty program.
Albertsons, Haggen reach litigation settlement
Albertsons said Friday it will pay Haggen $5.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Haggen.
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