LEADING HEADLINES

Supervalu names Mark Gross president, CEO

Supervalu names Mark Gross president, CEO

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu Inc. announced on Wednesday the appointment of Mark Gross as president and chief executive officer, effective February 5. Gross, 52, will succeed Sam Duncan, who is retiring at the end of this month. Gross has more than two decades of

CVS Pharmacy makes its debut in Target

CVS Pharmacy makes its debut in Target

WESLEY CHAPEL, N.C. — The first CVS pharmacies have opened in six Target discount stores in North Carolina. Branded as CVS Pharmacy, the pharmacies are being operated as store-within-a-store departments and are located in Hickory, Monroe, Morrisville, Raleigh, Matthews and Wesley Chapel, N.C. Executives from

NBTY to sell Vitamin World chain

NBTY to sell Vitamin World chain

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — NBTY Inc. has agreed to sell its Vitamin World retail business to private investment firm Centre Lane Partners. The vitamins and dietary supplements maker said Tuesday that the deal, slated to close by mid-February, will enable Vitamin World to operate as a

Panzer to lead GM, HBA at Albertsons

Panzer to lead GM, HBA at Albertsons

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. pharmacy chief Mark Panzer has added oversight of the food and drug chain’s general merchandise and health and beauty aids businesses to his duties. The supermarket retailer announced the move Tuesday. Panzer became senior vice president of pharmacy, health and

Publix announces plans to expand into Virginia

Publix announces plans to expand into Virginia

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. is expanding into Virginia, which will be the employee-owned grocery chain’s seventh state. The retailer said on Tuesday that it has signed two leases for stores in the greater Richmond area. The Bristol store will measure 54,000 square

RETAIL NEWS

Walmart refocuses

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart continues to fine-tune operations in pursuit of its growth strategy. Recent alterations include elimination of its smallest store format, the closure of underperforming stores in the United States and internationally, pay raises for more than 1.2 million U.S. employees and consolidation

Publix CEO Crenshaw set to retire

LAKELAND, Fla. — Ed Crenshaw has set April 30 as the date of his retirement from Publix Super Markets Inc. Todd Jones, Publix’s president, will succeed Crenshaw as chief executive officer and will retain the presidency, the company announced last month. Crenshaw, 65, is the

Save-A-Lot spin-off planned

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu Inc. last month filed plans to spin off its Save-A-Lot chain of discount supermarkets. Save-A-Lot would become a publicly traded company, with Supervalu shareholders controlling at least 80% of the enterprise, according to Supervalu’s filing with the Securities and Exchange

CEO change at Price Chopper

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Scott Grimmett has been named chief executive officer of Golub Corp., which owns the Price Chopper supermarket chain, taking over for Jerry Golub. Grimmett, 57, has led the transformation of Price Chopper to the Market 32 brand, a costly, multiyear strategy designed

Dollar Tree sees exit of Levine

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Howard Levine has stepped down as an officer of Dollar Tree Inc. Levine was chief executive officer of Family Dollar Stores Inc., which was acquired by Dollar Tree last summer. He remained with Dollar Tree to assist with the integration, reporting to

SUPPLIER NEWS

Schick Hydro 5 razor protects skin from irritation

SHELTON, Conn. — Edgewell Personal Care’s Schick brand has launched the Schick Hydro 5 razor designed to protect skin from shave irritation. Utilizing patented technology, the improved design includes an upgraded Hydrating Gel Reservoir that delivers 40% less friction than a traditional lube strip and

Funston takes over for Kornhauser as CCA CEO

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — Richard Kornhauser has stepped down as president and chief executive officer of CCA Industries Inc. CCA Industries said late Thursday that Kornhauser’s resignation was effective Jan. 15. He also has resigned from the board, where he was a director. CCA chairman

Zendaya named latest CoverGirl

NEW YORK — Actress and singer Zendaya has signed up as a brand ambassador for CoverGirl. The Procter & Gamble cosmetics brand said Zendaya’s first ad is slated to launch live on Feb. 15 during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards airing on CBS. The spot will

Spectrum Brands tabs Maura as executive chairman

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. has named David Maura as executive chairman of its board of directors. The consumer products company said Thursday that Maura, 43, assumes the new role effective immediately. He has served as a Spectrum Brands director since June 2010

Oreo launches global “Open Up” marketing campaign

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Mondelēz International Inc.’s Oreo brand is encouraging fans around the world to open their hearts to others in a new integrated global campaign. The Open Up with Oreo campaign kicks off in the United States with a TV spot featuring singer

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