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Target goes urban

The first CityTarget opened here on July 25 in the former Carson Pirie Scott building, now known as the Sullivan Center, at 1 South State Street. Other CityTargets opened the same day in the Westwood section of Los Angeles and in Seattle.

Supervalu replaces chief exec

Craig Herkert has been succeeded as president and chief executive officer of Supervalu Inc. by Wayne Sales, who retains the post of chairman of the board.

Shopko fills role of top marketer

Shopko Stores Operating Co. has named Nancy Altman senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Fresh & Easy cuts headquarters staff

Tesco PLC’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets chain has laid off about 50 people from its headquarters here. The action should not be seen as a bad omen for the chain’s future, according to Tesco officials.

Tax fairness at issue

Brick-and-mortar retailers have urged federal lawmakers to give states the ability to collect sales taxes from online retailers. For those retailers that operate physical stores, the issue is seen as a matter of fairness.

Dollar General makes changes

Dollar General Corp. has promoted Mike Wilkins to senior vice president and general merchandising manager, in charge of the health, beauty, paper and cleaning categories, as well as the retailer’s private brands.

Signs promising for B-T-S sales

Surveys indicate that American consumers are ready to increase their back-to-school spending significantly this year, and mass market retailers are clearly focused on making the task easier by providing more shopping options.

Ahold names Keptner to oversee marketing

Ahold USA has split the former executive vice president of marketing and merchandising role into two positions, and has promoted Erik Keptner to the newly created position of executive vice president of marketing.