Elliot Zwiebach

West Editor / Retail ,
Supermarket News
Risky growth play for Haggen 
Haggen is growing in a unique — some have said risky — way: through an acquisition eight times its original size that will expand its operations into three new states.
Trader Joe’s sailing to Texas, Florida 
Trader Joe’s is hoping to drop a lot of anchors in Texas, Florida and the surrounding areas.
Costco eyes balanced growth home and abroad 
If Costco Wholesale Corp. had its way, it would open 30 stores a year, with half in the U.S. and half overseas.
Sprouts says new-store productivity rises 15%
New-store productivity at Sprouts Farmers Market has risen by about 15% — to an average of $320,000 per week — as the company has broadened its assortment and shifted its focus from being a specialty store to an everyday healthy grocery store, the company’s CFO told investors Thursday.
Dollar Tree plans to re-banner some Family Dollars as test 2
Dollar Tree plans to begin re-bannering a handful of Family Dollar locations as soon as its acquisition of the company is completed this summer, Robert L. Sasser, president and CEO of Dollar Tree, told analysts Thursday.
Meijer agrees to acquire specialty pharmacy 2
Meijer said Wednesday it has signed an agreement to acquire Aureus Health Services, a Pittsburgh-based specialty pharmacy and health services company, to enhance its customer offerings, particularly to patients with complex chronic conditions.
Asian segment needs more study, researcher says
The Asian-American consumer may be a more significant shopper segment than previous research has indicated and is ripe for further study, a researcher told the Asian Market Summit in Los Angeles, sponsored by the Asian American Advertising Federation.
Ahold-Delhaize combo could signal more consolidation, observers tell SN 
The potential combination of Ahold and Delhaize, following on the heels of the Albertsons-Safeway merger, could signal a new round of industry consolidation, observers told SN.
Ahold, Delhaize in preliminary merger talks, European sources report 3
Amsterdam-based Ahold and Brussels-based Delhaize are in merger talks “at the highest level,” according to published reports in Europe.
Sprouts Q1 sales weakness temporary, analysts say
Any sales weakness exhibited by Sprouts Farmers Market during the first quarter is only temporary, analysts said Friday, a day after the company reported comparable store sales of 4.8%, slightly below its forecast of 5% to 6%.
Whole Foods plans new value-focused format
Whole Foods Market said Wednesday it plans to launch a new format next year that will retain its high quality standards but offer value pricing and a curated selection — “unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace,” Walter Robb, co-CEO, said.
Cardenas launching in-store flyer for promotions overflow
Cardenas Markets is launching an in-store-only flyer this week at its 31 stores to feature a larger number of promotions than it can accommodate in its weekly ads, company executives told vendors.
Costco CEO: Values, culture are key 5
No matter how big a company gets, it must maintain its core values and its culture or it could fail, Craig Jelinek, chairman and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp., said in a speech Monday.
Haggen on schedule for 100 stores in 100 days: Shaner 12
​Haggen is on schedule to complete 100 openings in 100 days, Bill Shaner, CEO of the Pacific Southwest stores, told SN Sunday.
Overall grocery sales outpacing restaurant sales: Food Institute speaker
Grocery sales outpaced restaurant sales during the first two months of 2015, despite reports to the contrary, Brian Todd, president of The Food Institute, told a webinar audience Wednesday.
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