Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Harris Teeter, rising consumer boosts Kroger Q1 results 1
Kroger’s first quarterly results that included Harris Teeter stores indicated the acquisition was going every bit as well as expected, with the Southeast banner providing an added sales boost as well as potential for what officials called “aggressive” new growth.
Kroger to withdraw from 2 pension funds
Kroger on Wednesday said it would withdraw from two multiemployer pension funds in a move it said would provide greater stability and potential future benefits for associates and reduce its administrative costs.
Metro to acquire specialty bakery
Metro Inc. on Tuesday said it has agreed to acquire a majority interest in specialty bakery chain Première Moisson.
Instacart raises $44M, will accelerate rollout
Fast growing grocery delivery company Instacart said Monday that it has raised $44 million in a Series B financing led by tech investors Andreeson Horowitz.
AWI names Saunders CEO, will sell White Rose 2
Associated Wholesalers Inc. on Friday said that its CEO, J. Christopher Michael, is retiring after 41 years of service to AWI and would be succeeded by Matthew Saunders effective immediately.
B&R to buy Skagway stores
B&R Stores, Lincoln, Neb., said it has reached an agreement with Skag-Way Discount Department Stores to purchase both Skagway stores in Grand Island, Neb.
Food Lion kicks off new hunger relief effort
Food Lion on Monday announced a renewed commitment to hunger relief, launching a plan to provide 500 million meals by 2020 through the Food Lion Feeds initiative.
Convenience, technology leading small-store push at Walmart 1

Wal-Mart Stores will open more small stores than big stores in the U.S. this year, underscoring not only that more convenient concepts like Neighborhood Markets are outperforming their larger sibling Supercenters, but a concurrent companywide effort to use digital technologies to make those small stores behave like large stores when shoppers want them to.

Walmart highlights technology at shareholders event
Executives of Wal-Mart Stores on Wednesday highlighted efforts to integrate virtual and physical shopping, ranging from store circulars to shelving to checkout lanes and delivery trucks reinvented behind new technical capabilities.
Walmart takes 'Savings Catcher' nationwide 1
Walmart on Wednesday said it would roll out its online price comparison tool, known as Savings Catcher, nationwide later this summer.
Bottom Dollar openings set as chain focuses on profit 2
Bottom Dollar Food is preparing three new store openings this month — the last three planned for a while for Delhaize America’s nascent discount chain.
Fairway tweaks layout, look for new store 1
Fairway Market’s new store in Lake Grove, N.Y., will debut a new store layout designed to improve labor productivity along with new signage to help introduce the urban specialty store to what would be its most suburban audience.
Fairway posts $8.8M loss in Q4
Fairway Group Holdings reported a loss of $8.8 million on sales of $200.3 million in the fourth quarter, which ended March 30.
NLRB orders hearing in Mrs. Green’s union dispute
A judge for the National Labor Relations Board will hear arguments in a dispute between Mrs. Green’s Natural Market and eight former employees who say they were fired because they supported a union.
Delhaize Belgium CEO to resign 2
Delhaize Group said Wednesday that Dirk Van den Berghe was resigning from his role as CEO of the retailer’s Belgium and Luxembourg division effective July 31.
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