Mark Hamstra

Supermarket News
Time for a Change: Supermarkets drive diaper loyalty with savings programs 
Disposable baby diapers may be ideally suited for the fast-growing e-commerce economy, but retailers are working hard to retain share with sharp pricing, membership clubs that encourage loyalty, and other incentives tailored to attract young parents to the store.
Whole Foods’ expansion strategy raises questions  1
Industry observers are wondering whether Whole Foods' long-term growth strategy might be veering off course.
Sprouts plants fresh-focused stores across the South 
Sprouts Farmers Market continues to prove itself as the everyman’s answer to Whole Foods and a viable competitor to traditional supermarkets.
Harris Teeter could impact Kroger expansion plans 
Kroger Co.’s much-anticipated new-market entry, which the company in 2012 said it had begun exploring, has been sidelined by its 2013 acquisition of Harris Teeter.
Save-A-Lot takes more control of its destiny 
Supervalu’s limited-assortment Save-A-Lot chain is poised for more aggressive growth this year with a reformulated strategy centered around company-owned store openings and a tighter focus on operating standards.
Raising the bar: Specialty flavors elevate everyday chocolate offerings 

Buoyed by the experimental palates of today’s consumers, retailers and suppliers are taking some of the attributes of specialty chocolates to the mainstream.

Safeway East could benefit from proximity to Acme, but when?  3
The proximity of a state-of-the-art warehouse supplying Albertsons' Acme stores to Safeway’s 127-store Eastern Division has raised speculation that the chains could seek to consolidate their logistics at some point.
Rx-tra special: Retail pharmacies expand reach with specialty services 
The specialty pharmacy business is an exclusive club, but more and more supermarket pharmacies are paying their dues and gaining access to this fast-growing segment of the healthcare industry.
Coborn's follows careful growth plan in North Dakota 
Cash Wise Foods is the name of the concept that Coborn’s Inc. has used to expand into the booming oil fields of North Dakota, but it could also be used to describe the company’s prudent investment strategy.
Bakery partnerships enhance quality, local appeal 1
Supermarket partnerships with well-respected, locally owned artisan bakeries can help elevate the quality of the grocers’ bakery offerings and boost their connections with the community.
In ethnic bakeries, product crossover goes both ways
For many operators the attraction of ethnic products spreads beyond the original target group and begins to draw more mainstream shoppers. Meanwhile some ethnic supermarket operators are expanding their offerings with more mainstream product.
How H-E-B became Houston’s hometown grocer  1
Last month’s opening of a gleaming, new 91,000-square-foot supermarket — complete with an in-store, chef-driven restaurant — in Houston’s tony Tanglewood area stands as a monument to the 25-year arc of H-E-B’s expansion in the market.
Whole Foods takes on high-volume Fairway 
Whole Foods Market’s newest New York City location isn’t its largest or most beautifully laid out, but its opening in mid-February could have some long-term effects against other supermarkets.
Low gas prices pump retailer profits  2
U.S. consumers will have an estimated $135 billion more spending money this year because of lower gas prices at the pump, and indications point to at least a portion of that extra cash winding up in supermarket tills.
Gallery: Whole Foods expands in NYC
Whole Foods Market on Feb. 18 debuted its first store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
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