Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Aldi invades Richmond 1
​Aldi opened its first two stores in the Richmond, Va., market on Thursday, the company said.
'Pure food' trend a boon to supermarkets, analyst says

The so-called mainstreaming; of the health and wellness trend is increasingly tarnishing iconic food suppliers while helping supermarket retailers in particular gain a greater control of food industry profits, an analyst said Wednesday.

Albertsons to close original Florida location 2
Albertsons told state authorities that it would close its store in Clearwater, Fla., next month.
Supervalu, Albertsons reach TSA wind-down agreement 5
Supervalu has come to agreement with New Albertsons Inc. and Albertsons LLC to wind down the transition services it has been providing to the companies.
Inserra sets opening in Wallington 1
Inserra Supermarkets said Monday that its newest store would open next month in Wallington, N.J.
Mrs. Green's to open in Chicago suburb
Mrs. Green’s Natural Market on Monday said it would open a new store in Winnetka, Ill., a north shore Chicago suburb.
What's in the pipe for closed Walmart stores? 6

Wal-Mart Stores abruptly closed five supercenters this week to work on plumbing issues plaguing the units, but the retailer could wind up repairing more than just the pipes.

PETA roaring mad at Food Lion ads 1
Animal activists are calling for Food Lion to discontinue using a live lion in its ads, but a planned protest at a commercial shoot this week was called off when the lion didn’t show.
Saker ShopRite sets opening for Howell store 6
ShopRite said that its newest store would open in Howell, N.J., April 22, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for April 20. Located in the Friendship Plaza, the new 80,000-square-foot square will be operated by Saker ShopRites, a member of the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative.
Food Lion to close 3 stores near Raleigh
Food Lion will close three stores in the greater Raleigh, N.C. market, Delhaize America officials told SN Friday.
Dollar Tree finalizing 340 store divestitures
Dollar Tree said Tuesday that it was working on finalizing agreements to sell 340 stores in order to meet antitrust requirements of its pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores.
Kroger to take 3 sites as Harris Teeter exits Nashville
Harris Teeter said Tuesday it was exiting Tennessee, where it operates four stores, but it said three of its locations would go to parent company Kroger.
Price Chopper reveals Market 32 facade 3
Price Chopper’s Market 32 rebranding has reached the storefront of one of its first converted locations.
Lidl seeking workers as U.S. launch draws near 5

Signs are increasing that German retailer Schwarz Group is speeding up a U.S. entry for its Lidl discount stores, including multiple job postings, and reports that the retailer is establishing new U.S. offices and meeting with suppliers in Europe to determine their ability to distribute in the U.S.

Ahold's McGowan to take over Stop & Shop role, operations post at Ahold

Mark McGowan, EVP of merchandising for Ahold USA, will assume dual duties as president of the retailer’s Stop & Shop New England division and its EVP of operations following Ahold’s appointment of chief merchant to succeed him, according to an internal company memo.

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