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CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart cut from main opioid trial

CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart cut from main opioid trial

CLEVELAND — The federal  judge overseeing the landmark opioid suit Thursday severed CVS Health entities, Rite Aid and Walmart from the main bellwether trial scheduled for October. Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted the

Retail sales growth strong in July

Retail sales growth strong in July

WASHINGTON — Retail sales were up 0.9% in July seasonally adjusted from June and up 5.6% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. The numbers exclude sales by automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “July’s strong results are consistent with a confident consumer,” NRF

GIANT plans flagship supermarket in Philadelphia

GIANT plans flagship supermarket in Philadelphia

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores revealed plans for a flagship supermarket in a mixed-use urban development under construction on the banks of the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia. The 65,000-square-foot GIANT store is expected to open by fall of 2020, the company said. “Like

Study finds store expansion is the norm

Study finds store expansion is the norm

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Store closings make headlines, but new research from IHL Group has found that for every retailer that is closing stores (on net) in 2019, more than five other chains are opening them. The study also found that the number of chains adding

Giant launches pediatric cancer fundraising program

Giant launches pediatric cancer fundraising program

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food has launched its 15th annual fundraising program for pediatric cancer, which is designed to support cancer research initiatives. Giant said Tuesday that it aims to raise at least $2 million throughout the eight-week program, running from Aug. 16 to Oct.

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RETAIL NEWS

Giant Eagle partners with higi

CHICAGO, Ill. – Giant Eagle Supermarkets is the latest retailer to partner with higi, a consumer health engagement company that operates health screening stations in retail stores and other locations. higi stations offer a convenient way to access free health screenings and ongoing health education

SpartanNash CEO Dave Staples resigns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dave Staples has resigned as chief executive officer of SpartanNash, the company announced Monday. Dennis Eidson, the chairman of the board who served as CEO from 2008 to 2017, will serve as interim president and chief executive until a successor is

Rite Aid appoints Heyward Donigan as CEO

CAMP HILL, Pa .— Rite Aid Corp. said Monday that the board of directors has appointed Heyward Donigan as chief executive officer and a member of the board, effective immediately. As planned, John Standley will step down from his role as chief executive officer. “Today’s

CVS Health’s Q2 earnings beat expectations

WOONSOCKET, R.I.— CVS Health stock rose nearly 6% in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the company reported strong second quarter operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Second quarter earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations, and the company significantly raised its own projection

Albertsons names Theilmann EVP and chief human resources officer

BOISE, Idaho – Albertsons Cos. announced Monday that Mike Theilmann has been named executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective August 19, 2019. Theilmann joins Albertsons Cos. from Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global executive search and leadership consulting firm, where he served

SUPPLIER NEWS

Unilever U.S. names Terry Thomas as EVP of customer development

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — Unilever U.S. has appointed Terry Thomas as executive vice president of customer development. He succeeds Gina Boswell, who will be retiring after eight years at the company. Thomas joined Unilever more than six years ago, leading the east grocery accounts as well

Pharmavite names Donaldson EVP of sales

WEST HILLS, Calif. — Pharmavite said Tuesday that it has appointed Bryan Donaldson executive vice president of sales. In this critical role, Donaldson will oversee all sales functionality for Pharmavite, including customer relationships, sales planning and forecasting, customer development and retail execution. Prior to his

OLLY taps Graham as celebrity ambassador

SAN FRANCISCO — Model, entrepreneur and body activist Ashley Grahamhas joined OLLY Nutrition as a brand ambassador. The company said Graham’s dedication to living a balanced and authentic lifestyle seamlessly complements OLLY’s mission of celebrating health as the foundation of happiness. While shooting a campaign

SheaMoisture debuts Purple Rice Water collection

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture has introduced the Purple Rice Water line, a collection of products that spans hair, body and skin care categories. According to the brand, Purple Rice Water is formulated to care for hair by  reducing friction, increasing elasticity and closing the cuticle,

GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer close joint venture

WARREN, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday that it has closed a previously announced joint venture deal with Pfizer Inc. that will combine their respective consumer healthcare businesses. The move will create the world’s largest supplier of over-the-counter medications. The joint venture company will operate as