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Issue 09-06-2010

Retailers grow wary

NEW YORK — As the back-to-school season entered its final weeks, a gloomy economic landscape cast shadows over this important harbinger of holiday sales. As the back-to-school season entered its final weeks, a gloomy economic landscape cast shadows over this important harbinger of holiday sales. A recent survey by SymphonyIRI Group Inc. reveals that worried

Target places emphasis on convenience

MINNEAPOLIS — Five Target stores in the Denver area and eight of the retailer’s outlets in the Tampa, Fla., market have been redesigned to further deliver one-stop shopping convenience for guests. Five Target stores in the Denver area and eight of the retailer’s outlets in the Tampa, Fla., market have been redesigned to further deliver

Fresh & Easy to move into Northern Calif.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has unveiled plans to open eight stores in Northern California early next year. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has unveiled plans to open eight stores in Northern California early next year. These outlets, which are to be located in the San Francisco Bay Area and Modesto,

Stop & Shop, A&P square off

MONTVALE, N.J. — Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by A&P over comparative pricing in advertising. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by A&P over comparative pricing in advertising. Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop, a unit of

Marsh Supermarkets taken off sales block

INDIANAPOLIS — Regional grocer Marsh Supermarkets is apparently no longer for sale. Regional grocer Marsh Supermarkets is apparently no longer for sale. Sun Capital Partners Inc., the retailer’s Boca Raton, Fla.-based parent, reportedly has pulled the chain off the selling block after it had hired an investment adviser late last year and began soliciting offers

A&P rebuilds executive team

MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P president and chief executive officer Sam Martin, who was named to his post in July, has begun assembling a new management team. A&P president and chief executive officer Sam Martin, who was named to his post in July, has begun assembling a new management team. The supermarket retailer recently announced the

Dollar General upgrades apparel

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. has revamped its bobbie brooks women’s apparel line, and is relying on its employees to show off the new looks to consumers. Dollar General Corp. has revamped its bobbie brooks women’s apparel line, and is relying on its employees to show off the new looks to consumers. The clothing

DR Delish adopted by Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Duane Reade’s DR Delish line of premium snacks and beverages, which has proven a hit in its New York City stores, is going nationwide. Duane Reade’s DR Delish line of premium snacks and beverages, which has proven a hit in its New York City stores, is going nationwide. Walgreen Co., which acquired

New faces taking center stage

Two-thousand-and-ten is two-thirds over. And while the mass retailing community has thus far not done the year justice with its performance, it has created news in the form of some meaningful — and, in some cases, startling — personnel changes. Two-thousand-and-ten is two-thirds over. And while the mass retailing community has thus far not done

Self-checkouts raise interesting questions

Controversy has erupted in California over legislation that would restrict retailers’ use of self-checkout systems. Controversy has erupted in California over legislation that would restrict retailers’ use of self-checkout systems. At presstime, the California Grocers Association was lobbying Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a bill the industry group asserts would effectively preclude the use of