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Albertsons’ Perkins retakes helm at Acme Markets

Albertsons’ Perkins retakes helm at Acme Markets

BOISE, Idaho — Jim Perkins, executive vice president of retail operations and special projects at Albertsons Cos., has taken on the additional role of president of Acme Markets. Perkins formerly served three years as Acme’s president but was promoted to chief operating officer of Albertsons’

Southeastern Grocers CEO Ian McLeod resigns

Southeastern Grocers CEO Ian McLeod resigns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers said president and chief executive officer Ian McLeod is resigning from the company to pursue another career opportunity. The supermarket retailer late Monday announced that chief operating officer Anthony Hucker will serve interim president and CEO effective July 1 as the

Amazon acquiring Whole Foods

Amazon acquiring Whole Foods

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, including debt, in the biggest deal ever for the e-tailer as it continues to encroach on the grocery sector. Amazon will pay $42 a share in cash for the natural food chain,

Long lines at openings of Lidl’s first U.S. stores

Long lines at openings of Lidl’s first U.S. stores

ARLINGTON, Va. — Lidl opened the doors to its first nine U.S. stores on Thursday following ribbon-cutting ceremonies at locations in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The retailer expects to have 20 stores operating in the three states by summer’s end and as many

Aldi accelerates U.S. growth pace

Aldi accelerates U.S. growth pace

BATAVIA, Ill. — Aldi on Monday announced that it is ramping up its U.S. expansion, with plans to spend $3.4 billion to expand to 2,500 stores by the end of 2022. Aldi operates more than 1,600 U.S. stores today. The announcement came just days before Lidl,

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RETAIL NEWS

Fred’s and Nielsen expand analytical relationship

NEW YORK — Fred’s Inc. and Nielsen recently announced an expansion of their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services. With this agreement, Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s, covering metrics for all 601 Fred’s stores in

Leadership transition at The Fresh Market

GREENSBORO, N.C. —The Fresh Market announced that Rick Anicetti resigned as chief executive officer and board member on June 19. Brian Nicholson, chief financial officer, was appointed interim CEO, effective immediately. Nicholson will continue to serve as CFO. The Fresh Market’s senior leadership team will

Giant/Martin’s sets succession plan

CARLISLE, Pa. — Nick Bertram, senior vice president of merchandising at Ahold USA, has been named as president of Giant/Martin’s, effective January 2018. Bertram was selected to succeed Tom Lenkevich, who has been Giant/Martin’s president since 2014 and is retiring at the end of the

Walmart acquires online clothier Bonobos for $310 million

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart will acquire Bonobos Inc. and place the men’s apparel retailer under the umbrella of its Jet.com e-commerce unit. Bonobos serves a young and loyal base of male shoppers that is less price-sensitive and focused on quality, according to retail analyst Deborah

The rise of Albertsons Cos.

BOISE, Idaho — What Albertsons Cos. has been able to accomplish in a little over a decade is truly remarkable. The prospects for the business were somewhat uncertain when it was established in June 2006. A group of investors led by Cerberus Capital Management created

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hain Celestial Group promotes Langrock to CFO

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group Inc. announced the appointment of James Langrock as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Langrock succeeds Pasquale “Pat” Conte, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, the company said in a statement, adding that Conte will work with Langrock

Time Inc. Retail veteran Joe Bivona retires

NEW YORK — Time Inc. Retail announced the retirement of longtime executive Joe Bivona, who served at the company for 29 years. Bivona’s most recent position with the media publishing giant was vice president of customer ­development. “The decision to leave the company was not

Sundial Brands adds prestige skin care line

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brands has recently launched the company’s first prestige skin care line, called nyakio. Founder Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first-generation American of Kenyan descent, partnered with Sundial Brands to bring nyakio to the U.S. market. Nyakio products are grounded in indigenous ingredients,

Hallmark introduces virtual reality cards for Father’s Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Father’s Day, Hallmark Cards Inc. is bringing the latest top tech trend to greeting cards by launching virtual reality greeting cards that offer 360-degree viewing tied to the theme of the card: surfing, sky-diving, motorcycle racing and car racing. “At

Sam and Nic Chapman recognized by Glamour

GURNEE, Ill. — Paris Presents Inc. announced that makeup artists Sam and Nic Chapman, who teamed with the company on the  Real Techniques by Sam & Nic line of makeup brushes and sponges, have won Glamour magazine’s “Youtuber of the Year” award. The duo, who