Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Walmart names Rogers new chief marketing officer 
Wal-Mart Stores has named Tony Rogers SVP and chief marketing officer of Walmart U.S., according to an internal memo obtained by SN Friday.
Kroger completes Roundy's share buy in merger 
Kroger said Friday that it has completed its tender offer of shares of Roundy’s Supermarkets, paving the way for completion of its $800 million takeover of the Milwaukee-based operator of the Pick ’n Save and Mariano’s Fresh Market chains.
Sobeys debuts c-store concept in Atlantic Canada 
Calling it “a fresh take on the traditional convenience offer,” Sobeys on Thursday unveiled Sobeys Express, a new convenience and fuel format in Atlantic Canada.
Gala Fresh joins Key Food with 5 new sites 
The first of at least five planned stores under the new Gala Fresh Farms banner opened this week in Baldwin, N.Y.
C&S acquiring produce distributor FreshKo 
C&S Wholesale Grocers said Wednesday that it has acquired FreshKO Produce Services, a Fresno, Calif.-based produce distributor.
A Century and a Half of A&P: A Timeline 
Here is a timeline of 156 years in the rise and fall of an American institution — The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company — from its birth in 1859 to today.
Ontario supermarkets cheer for beer  1
Select grocery stores in Ontario, Canada on Tuesday began offering beer for the first time since prohibition ended in 1927.
Lidl breaks ground for N.C. hub  1
Lidl US on Friday broke ground for construction of regional offices and a distribution center in Mebane, N.C.
FTC queries Walgreens as deal concern grows 
Walgreens and Rite Aid said Friday they have each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission regarding their proposed merger.
Baldwin named CEO at BJ's Wholesale 
BJ's Wholesale Club on Friday said that it has appointed Christopher J. Baldwin president and CEO, succeeding Laura J. Sen, who is assuming the role of non-executive chairman. The appointment is effective Feb. 1.
Walmart marketing chief Quinn to retire 
Stephen Quinn, chief marketing officer of Wal-Mart U.S., will retire effective Jan. 31, the retailer said Thursday.
Walmart to roll out digital payment system 

Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday announced it was launching its own payment system as part of its mobile application — a solution the company said would speed checkout in stores while further connecting the retailer to its shoppers.

Gas deflation leads to 4Q sales decline at Ingles 
Despite strong sales in core grocery products, Ingles Markets on Thursday said overall sales declined as a result of a significantly lower gas prices in the fourth quarter.
Grocery Outlet to acquire 6 Fresh & Easy sites 1
A judge in Fresh & Easy’s bankruptcy case has approved the sale of six of Fresh & Easy's California stores to Grocery Outlet for $205,000.
Safeway issues sink Sobeys 2Q results 
Systems integration troubles for acquired Safeway Canada stores continued to weigh on financial results for Sobeys, parent company Empire Cos. Ltd. said in an earnings report Wednesday.
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