Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Wellness sales help Target beat Street in 2Q
While Target’s repositioning of its food assortments won’t be complete until next year, expect to see a heavy emphasis on wellness, natural and organic, company officials said Wednesday.
Gallery: Mrs. Green's prepares NYC debut
Mrs. Green’s Natural Market this week makes its long awaited arrival in New York City, bringing new supplier partners, a new logo and a stronger-than-ever emphasis on local products.
Walmart 2Q earnings dip, outlook trimmed
Higher expenses for investments in e-commerce and the workforce triggered a 15.1% decline in second quarter earnings for Wal-Mart Stores, the retailer said Tuesday.
UFCW rips A&P giveback request 9
A&P’s request to back out of commitments to workers so as to use the savings to provide equitable disbursements to lenders is “true only in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of corporate reorganization,” the United Food and Commercials Workers union said Friday.
A&P workers call for judge to reject contract modifications 2
Union workers at A&P have asked federal bankruptcy judge Robert B. Drain to reject the retailer’s motion to modify their collective bargaining agreements.
'Wisconsin Proud' initiative shows promise for Pick 'n Save 1
A comprehensive brand refresh underway at Pick 'n Save has increased traffic and improved comparable-store sales at Roundy’s Supermarkets largest banner, officials said.
A&P moves to strike CBA obligations 8

Citing a perilous financial condition and fruitless negotiations with labor unions, A&P has filed emergency motions under section 1113 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to unilaterally strike the “bumping” and severance obligations of its collective bargaining agreements with its workers.

A&P employees, shoppers take concerns to court 12

Shoppers and employees of A&P are pleading with the judge overseeing the retailer’s bankruptcy case to keep them in mind as he rules.

A&P to issue layoff notices at all stores 20
A&P is expected to notify all of its employees of impending layoffs as it proceeds with plans to close or sell all of its stores under its Chapter 11 bankruptcy wind-down. A&P employs approximately 28,500.
Duncan: Save-A-Lot IPO will fuel Western expansion 
Supervalu’s potential spinoff of its Save-A-Lot division will prime the discount banner for aggressive unit growth and separate a business that has little in common with the distributor’s retail and independent businesses.
Analysts: Conventional competitors ding Sprouts 
Pressure on comp sales at Sprouts Farmers Markets arrived as a result of produce price deflation, cannibalization from its own new stores — and an unexpected dinosaur attack.
Sprouts announces leadership shakeup, Q2 results
Sprouts Farmers Markets on Thursday said price investments and higher expenses brought down margins during the fiscal second quarter, while comparable store sales growth was lower than initially expected.
Gallery: 5 rays of hope for Fairway 2
While delivering the bad news to the investment community this week, Fairway CEO Jack Murphy emphasized the following positive developments as well.
Fairway stock plummets following heavy Q1 loss 5

Stock in Fairway Group Holdings was down by more than 20% early Wednesday following Tuesday evening’s announcement of a quarterly losses and sales declines more severe than Wall Street had anticipated.

Fairway reports $13.9M Q1 loss 5
Fairway Group Holdings on Tuesday reported a loss of $13.9 million as sales declined by 2.3% and comps dipped by 5.3% during the fiscal first quarter.

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