Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Retail a concern as Supervalu falls short in 1Q  6
Analysts reviewing Supervalu's first-quarter financial results on Wednesday appeared willing to buy an opportunity story in its wholesale division and the potential of new sales initiatives at Save-A-Lot, but concern lingered for the company's struggling conventional retail banners.
Weis 2Q sales up but profits dip on wage hikes 
Weis Markets said sales in its fiscal second quarter improved by 1.7% on higher store traffic, but profits were down as a result of increasing employee wages and the shift of the Easter holiday, which also impacted sales.
Gallery: Whole Foods opens in foodie Williamsburg 
Whole Foods Market opened Tuesday in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, bringing along a host of local food vendors and establishing another destination for foodies in one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.
D'Agostino president: Supply shortage to end  2
Bare shelves plaguing multiple D'Agostino Supermarket locations across Manhattan could be over by Tuesday, G. Robert James, president and chief operating officer of the Larchmont, N.Y.-based retailer, told SN Monday.
Ahold Delhaize begins trading; new logo, website revealed 1
On its first business day as a combined entity, Ahold Delhaize on Monday revealed a new logo combining the crown and lion iconography of its respective partners.
FTC issues consent order in Ahold-Delhaize deal  4

The Federal Trade Commission late Friday issued a consent order allowing for the completion of the Ahold-Delhaize merger, subject to sales of 81 U.S. stores to allay antitrust concerns.

Online CSA Farmigo shuts down 
Online farmer's market Farmigo quietly shut down its retail operations last week but the company will continue to operate as a provider of software for farmers participating in community supported agriculture while seeking partners to take over its logistics and delivery operations.
Fresh Market seeking 'flexibility' in opening date changes 
The Fresh Market confirmed Friday that it has re-evaluated several store openings, citing the need for additional flexibility as it develops a long-term growth strategy.
Delhaize: 2Q U.S. sales outpace deflation
Delhaize Group said Thursday that sales and comps in the U.S. grew by 2.9% in the fiscal second quarter, as positive sales growth at Hannaford and Food Lion overcame price deflation of about 1%.
Ahold Delhaize to begin trading Monday  1
Ahold and Delhaize said Thursday that they anticipated completing their merger this Saturday and would begin trading as a combined entity on the Euronext exchange in Brussels and Amsterdam on Monday.
McLeod: Banner conversions aimed at more relevant offering  2

Southeastern Grocers is encouraged by early steps toward becoming a multiformat operator, CEO Ian McLeod told SN in an interview Wednesday.

Southeastern converting Charlotte Bi-Lo to Harveys  1

In yet another overnight store conversion undertaken by Southeastern Grocers, a Bi-Lo store in Charlotte opened Wednesday under the Harveys Supermarkets banner.

Walmart to debut imperfect apple program  1
Wal-Mart Stores on Tuesday said it would be the first U.S. retailer to sell imperfect apples under the "I'm Perfect" brand.
Fresh Market delays several store openings 
The Fresh Market has delayed the opening dates of at least four of its forthcoming stores over recent weeks, in a move that appears to signal the retailer needs time to reinvent a format beset by improving competitors and changing consumer shopping habits.
Food-at-home CPI falls to six-year low 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday said that food deflation accelerated in June and has now declined by 1.3% over the past year, its largest 12-month decline in more than six years.
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