Natural Markets Food Group, parent of the Mrs. Green's chain, is evidently facing financial crisis as evidenced by the closure of four stores this week and supply shortages at its remaining 11 locations.
Southeastern Grocers' Harveys chain has relaunched its loyalty program behind Plenti rewards, becoming the first supermarket chain to join the nascent coalition of retailers and services that share collection and redemption of shopper loyalty points.
Although the German hard discounter Lidl is building U.S. stores nearly three times the size of counterpart Aldi, Lidl is likely to build its breadth of merchandise inside them gradually, utilizing less floor selling space for new stores until consumers get used to its offer, according to a research report by Kantar Retail this week.
Prices for grocery store food dropped again in September, marking the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year monthly price deflation — a skein now surpassing the duration of the deflation that accompanied the 2009 recession.
Supervalu said Monday it has entered into an agreement to sell Save-A-Lot to an affiliate of the private equity firm Onex Corp. for $1.365 billion, ending more than a year of speculation as to the fate of the substantial but struggling discount business.