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Issue 08-06-2012

Target goes urban

CHICAGO — 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. The first CityTarget opened here on July 25 in the former

Supervalu replaces chief exec

MINNEAPOLIS — 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. 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. Herkert’s

Shopko fills role of top marketer

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko Stores Operating Co. has named Nancy Altman senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Shopko Stores Operating Co. has named Nancy Altman senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Altman comes to Shopko after having served as vice president of marketing for Ulta. Previously Altman was senior vice president of

Fresh & Easy cuts headquarters staff

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — 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. Tesco PLC’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets chain has laid off about 50 people from

Tax fairness at issue

WASHINGTON — 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. Brick-and-mortar retailers have urged federal lawmakers to give states the ability to collect sales taxes from online retailers. For

Dollar General makes changes

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — 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. Dollar General Corp. has promoted Mike Wilkins to senior vice president and general merchandising manager, in charge of the health,

Signs promising for B-T-S sales

NEW YORK — 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. Surveys indicate that American consumers are ready to increase their back-to-school spending significantly this year, and mass market retailers are

Ahold names Keptner to oversee marketing

CARLISLE, Pa. — 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. Ahold USA has split the former executive vice president of marketing and merchandising role into two positions, and has

Walgreens shakes up industry

Retailing historians who care about these things — if indeed any exist — will remember the four weeks that ended in mid-July 2012 as the month when Walgreens changed mass retailing. Retailing historians who care about these things — if indeed any exist — will remember the four weeks that ended in mid-July 2012 as

Rx customer loyalty will be put to the test

The cloud of uncertainty that had hung over Walgreen Co. throughout the year has been removed by the resolution of its standoff with Express Scripts Inc. (ESI), but reverberations from the dispute will continue to be felt for some time. The cloud of uncertainty that had hung over Walgreen Co. throughout the year has been