Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Two-level Market District, restaurant opens in Columbus 
Market District Express, a scaled-down version of Giant Eagle's foodie-friendly Market District banner, store opened Thursday in Bexley, Ohio.
Walmart U.S. comps top estimates on traffic gain 

Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday said comparable-store sales in the U.S. during the second quarter topped the company's modest estimates, as shoppers rewarded improved store conditions with more visits.

Target CEO: Long-term food fix needs short-term competitiveness
Target CEO Brian Cornell said Wednesday he was disappointed with comp-store declines in food during the second quarter, and said the mass merchant would “revisit” presentation, assortment and promotion during the second half of the year with eyes on improving its competitive position in an increasingly feisty battleground.
Aldi to establish Richmond regional HQ 

In another sign of increasing competition in the Southeast U.S., Aldi on Tuesday announced plans to establish a new distribution center and regional headquarters in Dinwiddie County, Va., near Richmond.

Target cuts outlook, citing 'difficult retail environment' 3
Citing what officials called a "difficult retail environment" Target Corp. on Wednesday reported a 1.1% comparable-store sales decline in the fiscal second quarter and lowered its comp guidance for the second half of the year.
H-E-B buys 6 Sun Fresh sites in Dallas, 'evaluating' plans 2
H-E-B confirmed Tuesday that it has a deal in place to acquire six Dallas-area supermarket sites from Sun Fresh Market, but stopped well short of saying it meant the state's largest grocer would necessarily be bringing its flagship brand to its largest metro area.
Food-at-home deflation continues; protein dips intensify 

Led by an intensifying price deflation in meat, the consumer price index for food at home continued to deteriorate during July — and contrast with inflationary conditions at restaurants.

Walmart expanding rollbacks as price competition intensifies 
Wal-Mart Stores has confirmed that it has expanded a program of everyday price investments that began in select markets in June, a move that could accelerate what appears to be an industrywide trend toward heightening price competition as deflationary conditions continue.
Supervalu, Fresh Market strike distribution deal  2
Supervalu and The Fresh Market said Monday they have reached a long-term supply agreement for Supervalu to serve as a grocery wholesaler and distributor to the Greensboro, N.C.-based specialty food retailer.
Metro drives sales gains amid shift to discount
Despite an intensifying competitive environment and slowing inflation, Metro Inc. on Friday reported strong sales, comps and earnings gains in the fiscal third quarter.
Gross touts wholesaling as Supervalu reinvents 
As he prepares Supervalu for the imminent separation of its lucrative Save-A-Lot retail business, CEO Mark Gross is confident in remaking the remaining company as “the wholesaler of choice” for the rest of the food retail world.
Lidl to build Maryland DC 
In further preparation for its 2018 U.S. store launch, Lidl US on Tuesday said it would build a third U.S. regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, Md.
Ahold Delhaize designer on a 'joyful, friendly' brand  1
The design firm hired to create a visual identity for the newly wedded Ahold and Delhaize sought to incorporate the heritage of the two 100-plus year-old brands in a "joyful, friendly and welcoming" expression intended for internal employees as much as external audiences.
Walmart announces $3.3B acquisition 1
Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced a deal to acquire the fast-growing e-commerce startup for $3.3 billion in cash and stock, heralding the move as "another jolt of entrepreneurial spirit being injected into Walmart.”
Golub's Price Chopper for sale: Sources 
Golub Corp., the family run parent of Price Chopper supermarkets, is putting the chain up for sale, sources told SN Friday.
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