Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Supervalu down on deflation in 2Q

Supervalu on Wednesday said deflation triggered a challenging second quarter which missed analyst estimations for sales and profits.

Ahold's bfresh opens second location

Ahold on Wednesday opened a second location of its bfresh concept, in Fairfield, Conn.

Unions swap objections for jobs in sold A&P stores 5

Unions representing A&P employees said they made some progress convincing buyers of the bankrupt retailer’s stores to keep them employed, with some buyers agreeing to hire a minimum of 25% of their store’s workforce from the pool of displaced workers.

Fresh Market board to conduct strategic review
The Fresh Market on Tuesday said the company and its board of directors would conduct a strategic and financial review of the business with an eye on “value-enhancing initiatives” including a recapitalization or a sale.
New Seasons building 2 new stores in NorCal

Portland, Ore.-based natural food retailer New Seasons Market has announced plans to open two new stores in Northern California, in Emeryville and El Camino Real. The retailer said it would open a 35,000-square-foot store at the Emeryville Public Market in late 2017. “The Emeryville Public Market is an ideal spot for a New Seasons,” Jerry Chevassus, head of store development for New Seasons, said in a release.

Wegmans announces plans to build Lancaster, Pa., store 3

Wegmans said Monday it plans to build a new store near Lancaster, Pa. with an eye on a 2018 opening.

Giant-Landover tacks on more discounts 4
Ahold’s Giant-Landover chain on Friday announced that it was reducing prices on thousands of items across its stores, marking the second such investment in the chain in a year.
Foran: Walmart stores improving, but so are expectations 3
Around two-thirds of U.S. Walmart stores have met Greg Foran’s challenge to increase their “clean, fast and friendly” ratings to internal standards by his Oct. 1 deadline — a figure that improved dramatically from when Walmart’s U.S. CEO issued the challenge in February.
Walmart: Profits to remain pressured, but sales outlook bright 1
Officials of Wal-Mart Stores on Wednesday acknowledged that earnings would continue to be under pressure — particularly in the next fiscal year — as a result on ongoing investments in employees and e-commerce.
Gallery: Tops store remodel adopts ‘Oz’ theme 2
Tops Friendly Markets on Tuesday opened a remodeled store in Chittenago, N.Y. — home of ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ novelist Frank Baum — with a design inspired by scenes from Baum’s famous work.
Teamsters to Albertsons' Miller: Delay warehouse closing
Teamsters representing workers at the two Safeway distribution centers slated for closure have appealed to the company’s CEO for an extension.
C&S, dinged by A&P collapse, announces layoffs 8
Stung by the disintegration of A&P, C&S Wholesale Grocers confirmed it has laid off “a small percentage” of its workers in sites throughout the country.
Another 8 stores go in A&P auctions; many more in 'limbo' 12
A&P has filed papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court confirming that another eight of its stores were successfully bid on during a second auction of its assets late last week.
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 5
C&S Wholesale Grocers has told state authorities in Maryland that it would be closing two distribution facilities serving Safeway stores by Dec. 5.

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