Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Bratspies named merchandising chief at Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores on Friday said it was promoting Steve Bratspies to the role of U.S. chief merchandising officer, an office vacant at the retailer since the departure of Duncan Mac Naughton almost a year ago.
C&S to close 2 Safeway warehouses 3
C&S Wholesale Grocers has told state authorities in Maryland that it would be closing two distribution facilities serving Safeway stores by Dec. 5.
A&P reveals first bid winners; most stores go unsold 4
Only one in three A&P stores that went up for auction last week came back with bids, the retailer revealed in a document filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Monday.
Unions: King Kullen, H Mart, Best Market among A&P bid winners 5
Gristedes, Met Food, King Kullen, H Mart and other supermarket operators appear to have been high bidders for a limited number of A&P owned stores that went to auction late last week, according to unconfirmed reports from labor unions with workers impacted by the sales.
Walmart reduces HQ staff by 450
Confirming long-held speculation, Wal-Mart Stores on Friday announced that it was laying off 450 associates at its home office in Bentonville, Ark. — changes CEO Doug McMillon said would help the retailer become “a more nimble organization that serves customer better.”
Walmart previews Atlanta e-commerce facility
Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday previewed a new dedicated e-commerce distribution facility near Atlanta.
A&P reveals $12.6 million in insider payments 11
A&P in a document filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Wednesday detailed $12.6 million in payments for top executives and other insiders in the year leading to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy — monies that creditors may seek to “claw back” in the case.
Auctions set for A&P stores 10
More than 100 bidders making 300 offers for A&P-owned stores are expected to participate in a court-led bankruptcy auction of the retailer's stores Thursday and Friday in New York.
Symancyk to leave Meijer for outdoor retailer Academy

J.K. Symancyk is departing his role as president of Meijer Inc. to take over as president and CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors, a Katy, Texas-based sports and outdoor lifestyle retailer.

Shipt CEO: Service differentiator in e-grocery space 
As Bill Smith sees it, the e-commerce space for groceries still has plenty of room to grow. And the CEO of Birmingham, Ala.-based Shipt intends to stake out ground for a service-oriented, membership-based, on-demand grocery concierge.
Food takes a gut check
“Gut health” and associated probiotic properties were all the rage at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore.
Food Bazaar bids for 4 A&P stores 8
New York-based ethnic superstore operator Food Bazaar has agreed to buy four stores as part of A&P’s bankruptcy auction, A&P revealed in filings.
Whole Foods to lay off 1,500 2

Whole Foods Market on Monday said it would eliminate 1,500 jobs in the coming weeks as part of a commitment to invest in technology and lower prices.

Wakefern, Morton Williams make A&P bids 8
A&P on Friday disclosed that Wakefern Food Corp. has been designated as a “stalking horse” for a package of 12 A&P and Pathmark stores set for auction.
A&P: More than 100 bidders in store auction 6

With the sale of 95 stores to Acme and Stop & Shop out of the way and 25 stores closing, A&P is now turning its attention to the disposal of the remainder of the chain — a process that could shape into an "everything must go" sale.

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