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Issue 06-27-16

Vitamin Shoppe names Reiser COO

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Former Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Walmart executive Jason Reiser has been named chief operating officer of Vitamin Shoppe Inc. Reiser, whose appointment takes effect July 11, will have overall day-to-day responsibility for Vitamin Shoppe’s operational execution (store operations, merchandising, supply chain and information technology) and for leading those teams through implementing

Southeastern Grocers adds new format

MIAMI — Southeastern Grocers LLC, the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, unveiled the company’s new store banner at the grand opening of Fresco y Más during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. The new store, occupying a former Winn-Dixie location in the heart of Hialeah, Fla., has been tailored to provide the products

Retail sales tick up slightly during May

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales increased for the second consecutive month in May, rising 0.5% following April’s 1.3% gain, according to the Commerce ­Department. Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.4% last month after an upwardly revised 1% gain in April. The core retail sales correspond most closely

Hannaford ‘learning lab’ bows

Hannaford ‘learning lab’ bows

BEDFORD, N.H. — Hannaford Supermarkets has debuted a concept store here with added amenities. The replacement outlet features ready-to-eat meals that can be taken out or eaten in the store, as well as fruits and vegetables cut to order. There are also more than 230 craft beers and a deep selection of wines. The supermarket

Retailers offer hand to Orlando victims

ORLANDO, Fla. — Target Corp. and Publix Super Markets Inc. were among the companies that responded in the wake of the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub here. Target donated $250,000 to the OneOrlando Fund in honor of Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, two Target team members who were among the 49 people

Whole Foods warned by FDA

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market Inc. co-chief executive officers John Mackey and Walter Robb received a letter from the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month that no food industry executive wants to receive — one warning the co-chiefs of “serious violations” that came to light in February after FDA officials inspected one of

Walmart tabs new Asda chief

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sean Clarke, who has led Walmart’s China business, will replace Andy Clarke as chief executive officer of Asda Group PLC in the United Kingdom. “Andy Clarke has decided the timing is right to step aside from his role with the company,” Walmart announced in a statement. “Sean’s leadership will allow Asda to

Brookshire opens in 25 former Walmart Express locations

TYLER, Texas — Brookshire Grocery Co. has announced the opening of 25 stores across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. The stores, according to the company, will be opened under a new brand called Spring Market. The name “Spring Market” represents and honors the company’s great history: Brookshire opened its first store on Spring Avenue in Tyler,

Meijer unveils 3 supercenters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. continues to expand in the Midwest, with store openings earlier this month in Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The new supercenters include Meijer’s 12th in Indianapolis — a 192,000-square-foot outlet that the company opened on June 7 in the city’s North Kessler ­neighborhood. “We always work hard to find locations

Entrepreneurs are chosen for Target’s new accelerator

MINNEAPOLIS — A blueprint registry, a men’s style consultancy and two crafts manufacturers are among the companies chosen for Target Corp.’s first-ever start-up accelerator. After getting more than 500 applications from tech-based start-ups around the world, the retailer selected 10 to be embedded at its headquarters for the inaugural Target + Techstars ­accelerator. “We received

Rivals make each other better

Rivals make each other better

Only days — or weeks — may remain until Walgreens Boots Alliance’s long-delayed acquisition of Rite Aid gets the go-ahead from the Federal Trade Commission. If and when that clearance comes, Rite Aid will officially become part of WBA, and the competition between the Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy drug chains will finally take form so