Mark Hamstra

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Gallery: NRF presents top award to Sinegal
Jim Sinegal, a co-founder of Costco Wholesale Corp., received the National Retail Federation’s Gold Medal Award at this year’s NRF Annual Convention & Expo.
Regional Report: Sprouts’ big plans for Atlanta 
Sprouts Farmers Market unveiled the locations of five stores it plans to open in the Atlanta market in 2014 — its first venture east of the Mississippi — in what could be the beginning of a much greater expansion effort in the region.
Targeted marketing: Retailers step up personalization 
From Ahold to Sprouts, retailers are taking steps to further personalize their interactions with shoppers.
Brookshire Brothers buying David’s Supermarkets 1
Brookshire Brothers said Friday it has agreed to acquire David’s Supermarkets, a 25-store chain in North-Central Texas.
Alternative chains boost expansion 
From Aldi to Whole Foods Market, nontraditional food retailers in recent weeks have unveiled new growth plans that ramp up their rates of new-store expansion and bring them into new markets.
Headwinds, opportunity for grocery stocks 
Some analysts question whether the robust gains that food retailing stocks enjoyed last year can be sustained in 2014.
Retailer’s app blends grocery, foodservice
Natural Markets Food Group, an operator of both restaurant concepts and retail stores, is leveraging technology to deliver both in tandem in a mall in Toronto.
Sprouts seeks to apply customer analytics
Sprouts Farmers Market is working this year to layer customer analytics on top of the current item-level analytics the company performs, CMO and CIO Steve Black said during a panel presentation at the National Retail Federation ‘Big Show’ on Monday.
Hannaford tests more labor in deli 2
Hannaford Bros. is seeing some promising results from an early test in which added labor in the deli departments of a handful of stores, the chain’s director of retail services said in a presentation at the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Big Show on Monday.
Marketing at Metro: From Insights to Action 
SN names Marc Giroux of Metro as its 2014 Marketer of the Year based on his work around loyalty and customer-centricity.
Save-A-Lot Posts Q3 Gains
The performance of Save-A-Lot continued to improve in the fiscal third quarter, Minneapolis-based Supervalu said Thursday.
FDA Extends Comment Period on Trans Fats
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period on its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils — a source of artificial trans fats — are not safe to use to use in foods.
Supervalu Leads Grocery Stocks in 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Investors rewarded Supervalu for getting smaller in 2013, a year in which almost all food retailing stocks showed double-digit percentage gains in share price.
Northgate Gonzales Expands in Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Northgate Gonzales Market has acquired two stores in this area from K.V. Mart, another regional operator, the chairman and chief executive officer of K.V. Mart confirmed to SN.
Law Firms Look Into Arden Sale Price
LOS ANGELES — At least nine shareholder-rights law firms said this week they have begun investigations into the proposed sale of Arden Group, saying the $394 million price tag may be too low.

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