Elliot Zwiebach

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Hy-Vee set to install new supply chain system
Hy-Vee Food Stores said Thursday it expects to achieve greater flexibility and efficiency once it completes installation of a new supply chain system.
Gallery: Bristol Farms remodels UCLA-area store 1
Bristol Farms remodeled its store in Westwood Village, just south of the UCLA campus in West Los Angeles —by transforming the store’s bakery and liquor departments from boutique areas to in-aisle sections.
Lower Whole Foods pricing may require leveraged buyout: analyst  7
Whole Foods Market needs to lower prices to achieve sales and earnings growth — an undertaking that may require pressure from an outside activist or a leveraged buyout — a Wall Street analyst suggested in an extensive report.
Mi Pueblo: Flexing its muscles 
Mi Pueblo Food Centers is striving to regain its muscle a year after emerging from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy — and it’s succeeding, company officials told SN.
Aldi's on point, Walmart's not: Part three of SN's roundtable series 1
Aldi is on trend and beginning to resonate more with consumers while Walmart is missing key trends and resonating less, according to participants in SN’s 20th annual Analysts Roundtable. What follows is the text for the third part of the discussion.
Grocery Outlet sees potential for 100-plus SoCal stores 2
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market said it sees the possibility of opening between 100 and 150 of its extreme-value stores in the Southern California marketplace over the next few years.
Japanese chain plans California expansion 
Marukai Corp., a Japanese-owned company with 12 U.S. stores, is testing a pair of new formats as it prepares to launch a major expansion program in California.
Haggen to downsize to core and possibly sell 10
Haggen hopes to downsize its operations to “a set of successful core stores” and then to reorganize around those units or to sell them as a group, according to the company’s CFO.
UNFI reduces cap-ex, names new CFO
United Natural Foods, Inc., said Tuesday it plans to reduce capital spending for the next few years to maintain sufficient cash flow for potential acquisitions.
99 Cents Only says 2Q loss due to moving too quickly
99 Cents Only Stores reported a net loss and declining comparable-store sales for the second quarter and first half ended July 31 — a result of “taking on too much too quickly,” Andrew Giancamilli, interim president and CEO, told investors Friday.
Sprouts hopes to boost annual per-store volume to $20 million 1
Sprouts Farmers Market hopes to boost annual sales per store to $20 million over the net four or five years, company executives told investors Thursday at the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference in New York.
Haggen files Chapter 11 to reduce store count 5
Haggen said Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware in an effort to reorganize around its core profitable stores.
Albertsons says Haggen suit is 'attempt to deflect attention'
Albertsons said Wednesday the $1 billion lawsuit filed against it earlier in the week by Haggen is “an attempt to deflect attention from [Haggen’s] failure to comply with basic contractual obligations.
Dollar Tree optimistic about Family Dollar business
Dollar Tree said Tuesday it is optimistic about the early results of its 100-day action plan to integrate the Family Dollar stores it acquired July 6.
UFCW files grievance against Haggen, Albertsons  5
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union said it has filed a grievance against Haggen, Albertsons and Safeway-owned Vons for allegedly violating the union’s contract.

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