Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Dollar store war could impact Walmart 
The biggest winner — or loser — in the battle to acquire Family Dollar Stores might be Walmart, according to industry observers.
Mariano’s Quick Turnaround 
SN honors Mariano’s with its 2014 Retail Achievement Award for its rapid growth in Chicagoland.
Gallery: Mariano’s store tour 
The Mariano’s store in Ravenswood, Ill., is what the company calls “a showpiece” — a location that features the best of what that chain has to offer.
Retailers report rising supermarket sales 
As the economy keeps improving, so are supermarket sales, according to industry executives around the U.S., who told SN summer sales have been increasing — and most said they expect more of the same through the fall.
Dollar General ups the ante for Family Dollar
Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the board of directors of Family Dollar Stores that would increase its all-cash offer to $80 per share, for a total offer of approximately $9.1 billion.
Mariano's leases shuttered Dominick's in Naperville, Ill.
Mariano’s Fresh Market said it will open a store at one additional former Dominick’s location — a shuttered site in Naperville, Ill., that it plans to lease.
Plastic-bag ban goes to California governor
A bill banning single-use carryout plastic bags statewide is headed to California Gov. Jerry Brown following Friday’s passage by the state Senate, a day after the state Assembly also voted in favor of it.
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General, sticks with Dollar Tree offer
Family Dollar Stores has rejected a higher acquisition bid from Dollar General Corp. and said it will pursue completion of its prior agreement to be acquired by Dollar Tree, citing antitrust considerations.
Target seeking to improve operations in U.S., Canada
Target Corp., Minneapolis, is taking steps to improve the performance of its U.S. and Canadian business segments following lower earnings and flattish sales during the second quarter ended Aug. 2, company executives told investors.
SpartanNash expects little change in economic pressures
SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Mich., does not see much easing of economic pressure on consumers for the next couple of years, Dennis Eidson, president and CEO, told investors Thursday.
Gallery: Andronico’s remodels as sales grow
Andronico's Community Markets, a Northern California chain that features specialty merchandising, is undergoing store remodels that will continue through next year.
Regional Report: CGA speaks for large and small stores post-merger 1
The California Grocers Association is speaking with a louder voice these days following its merger in May with the California Independent Grocers Association.
Social media, grassroots, research propelled Atlanta openings: Sprouts
Connecting with consumers through social media, grassroots efforts and extensive research helped propel the entry of Sprouts Farmers Market into Atlanta, company officials told investors.
Roundy's seeking improvements in core markets
Roundy’s plans to focus on expanding Mariano’s beyond the Chicago market while it tries to improve the performance of its Pick ‘n Save stores in Milwaukee, the company told industry analysts Wednesday.
Natural Grocers continues focus on store growth 
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage said Thursday it is continuing to focus on new-store investments, including infrastructure, to support future growth.
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