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Walmart is set to push small stores

Walmart is doubling the size of its rollout of small-format stores this year — adding between 270 and 300 stores in the United States, up from an earlier target of between 120 and 150 stores — in a mix that includes Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express stores.

Samís names VP of health care

Sam’s Club has named David Badeen vice president of health care. He is responsible for pharmacy (including third-party contracting and pricing) and over-the-counter drugs at Walmart’s membership warehouse club division.

Data breach takes toll on Target

Target Corp.’s fourth quarter results took a beating from the data breach that hit the company during the holiday shopping season.

Gibson to head Kroger division

Kroger Co. has appointed Dennis Gibson president of its QFC division.

Publix moves into North Carolina

Publix Super Markets Inc. has opened its first supermarket in North Carolina. The 56,000-square-foot store is located in Ballantyne, N.C., which is on the outskirts of Charlotte.

Ahold picks Lenkevich to lead chain

Ahold USA has hired Tom Lenkevich as president of its Giant/Martin’s division, which operates nearly 200 supermarkets under the Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets banners in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

New GM hierarchy unveiled by GMDC

A resource to help retailers, wholesalers and suppliers track and understand marketplace data was unveiled this month by Global Market Development Center (GMDC), a trade group serving members in the general merchandise (GM) and health, beauty and wellness (HBW) segments.

Hy-Vee plans to open in Twin Cities

Hy-Vee Inc. is planning to open at least two stores in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as part of its big expansion plans in southern Minnesota.

Bi-Lo gets FTC OK for acquisition

Bi-Lo Holdings LLC has received Federal Trade Commission approval for the acquisition of three southeastern supermarket banners from Delhaize Group — but it will have to divest 12 stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.