The pending merger of Albertsons and Safeway prompted Southern California employers and union members to opt for a two-year labor contract that will expire in March 2016, by which time the two sides expect the merger dust to settle.
Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., is continuing to test home delivery, but it believes the appeal of strong bargains at its warehouses will keep consumers shopping the old-fashioned way, EVP and CFO Richard Galanti told Wall Street investors Thursday.
Mariano’s Fresh Market is getting ready for a new Whole Foods opening across the street from one of its store by upgrading store service, including offering valet parking on weekends, Bob Mariano, chairman and CEO of Roundy’s Supermarkets, told an audience of analysts Wednesday in New York.
Supermarket operators need to join the digital conversation immediately “because it’s happening whether you’re there or not,” Bill Bishop told the 2014 Executive Forum sponsored by Portland State University.
When Safeway unveiled its agreement in March to be acquired by Cerberus Capital Management — the parent of the Albertsons chain and other banners — the companies said there were no planned store closures as a result of the deal.
A Whole Foods Market executive reiterated the chain’s position Tuesday that it will not stock any products after 2018 that are not labeled as either containing or not containing genetically-modified organisms.
Northgate Gonzalez Market, a Hispanic-owned chain that caters primarily to a Hispanic clientele in Southern California, is trying to broaden its appeal to non-Hispanics without losing sight of its primary positioning.