Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Mrs. Green's closes shop at 4 units; supplies slow chainwide

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.

Harveys loyalty switches to Plenti 
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.
Deal to accelerate expansion of Chinese supermarket 
The acquirer of a family-run chain of Chinese supermarkets intends to become a major consolidator of food stores serving fast-growing Chinese-American populations in the U.S.
Supervalu faces skeptics as retail struggles continue  1
Supervalu officials on Wednesday faced down skeptics on the prospect of improving its ailing retail stores division enough to meet projected financial results for the fiscal year.
Kantar: Lidl leaving room to grow in new stores 

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.

Supervalu 2Q earnings flat; sales down sharply  1
Supervalu on Wednesday reported flat net earnings on a 4.8% decline in sales during the fiscal second quarter — results largely in line with expectations.
What's next for Supervalu's other retail banners?
Now that Supervalu has agreed on a deal to sell its Save-A-Lot business, are its retail stores next to go?
Giant Eagle to offer corporate buyouts, cites industry pressures

Citing pressures of deflating food prices among other factors, Giant Eagle said this week it was offering voluntary buyouts to a number of its head office employees.

Gallery: Kroger-Whole Foods rumor mill, Roundy's future and more trending stories 
Clinton's Walmart connection, Walmart's Cyber Sam Walton, Albertsons IPO and Food Lion's Charlotte revamp were other popular SN newsletter reads recently.
Grocery deflation reaches 10-month mark 

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.

Save-A-Lot to be sold to Onex in $1.4B deal  1
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.
Analysts debate Save-A-Lot's 'dream scenario'
Analysts are wrestling with another question concerning the discounter’s future
Lidl seeking sites in Texas 

German discounter Lidl, already at work on a large-scale invasion of the U.S. East Coast, is planning a second front in Texas, a spokesman for the company told SN Friday.

Albertsons IPO left waiting — again  6
It’s been nearly a year since Albertsons Cos. was left standing at the doorstep of the public markets, and according to some analysts it may have to get used to the view.
Dickson named chairman of Sobeys' parent
The board of directors of Empire Co. Ltd., parent of the Sobeys chain, on Thursday announced the appointment of James M. Dickson as chair.
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