Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Services set for former A&P CEO Wood 5
Services are scheduled this week in Ridgewood, N.J., for James Wood, a former CEO and chairman of A&P. Wood passed away March 26 at age 85 after a long illness.
Aldi to reopen 30 Bottom Dollar sites 4
Aldi U.S. said Friday that fewer than half of the 66 Bottom Dollar stores it acquired from Delhaize will reopen as Aldi stores. The announcement came as the companies completed the $15 million deal which was first announced late last year.
Muller on Bottom Dollar: 'We are not a discounter' 1
Delhaize threw everything it had at making the Bottom Dollar concept work before concluding that discounting “wasn’t in our DNA,” CEO Frans Muller told SN in a recent interview.
A new shape for Sobeys 
CEO Marc Poulin says the Safeway acquisition and ‘better food’ positioning are changing the outlook for Canada’s No. 2 chain.
Metro boosts digital personalization

Shoppers using Metro Inc.’s mobile and web platforms can now get personalized sales flyers under a new feature launched this week known as “Just for You,” the Montreal-based retailer said.

Hannaford eyeing growth through small box 
Hannaford Bros. is planning to open a 20,000-square-foot supermarket near its Scarborough, Maine, headquarters this summer that officials say could potentially serve as an expansion vehicle for the chain.
Delhaize officials tout revamped Food Lion

Delhaize officials including CEO Frans Muller and U.S. CEO Kevin Holt this week showed off a comprehensive rebranding underway at its Food Lion chain, affecting everything from how cakes are decorated to the uniforms its cashiers wear, underpinned by an effort to expand longstanding equity in convenience and price.

Sobeys Q3 sales dip on closures

Sobeys on Thursday said store closures and divestitures caused sales to decrease during the fiscal third quarter, but earnings improved as a result of synergies from its Safeway Canada acquisition.

Bi-Lo Holdings closing 6 stores 5

Bi-Lo Holdings said it will close six stores on or before April 22 in what the company said was a “fine-tuning” of its Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo store bases.

Fairway launches 'Big' campaign
Fairway Market's new “Eat Big, Live Large” ad campaign encourages shoppers to indulge themselves with unique store offerings like USDA Prime steaks, decadent desserts and handmade cheeses.
Gallery: Food 4 Less converts to Smith's in Nevada
Smith’s Food & Drug took over six locations in Southern Nevada previously operated under the Food 4 Less banner.
Natural Grocers exec explains yogurt switch 2
In a presentation at Natural Products Expo West, Alan Lewis of Natural Grocers described how newly adopted standards in dairy are changing the composition of the yogurt department at the retailer’s stores.
Ahold to lay off 120 in central offices 12

Ahold USA on Thursday confirmed an internal restructuring effort likely to result in the elimination of 120 jobs at its support offices in Carlyle, Pa., and Quincy, Mass.

Delhaize to continue Food Lion investments following strong Q4
Delhaize Group on Thursday said sales and underlying profits in the U.S. increased in the fiscal fourth quarter, citing effects of comparable-store sales growth, a favorable sales mix and better sales leverage.
Natural Grocers investigating data breach

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage said it was investigating a security breach targeting credit-card readers at its stores.

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