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Issue 06-22-20

Retailers show solidarity with protesters

NEW YORK — From Albertsons Cos. to Walgreens, retailers are expressing solidarity with Americans protesting the police killing of George Floyd. Retailers large and small have vowed to combat racism and discrimination within their organizations. Some also are lending support to advocates of systemic reform. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing $100 million over

Economic uncertainty surrounds reopening

WASHINGTON — While the reopening of businesses shut down by the coronavirus pandemic is a significant step forward, it is too soon to say how quickly or smoothly the nation’s economy will recover, according to National Retail Federation (NRF) chief economist Jack Kleinhenz. “Is it possible the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us?

Ahold Delhaize units in midst of expansion

NEW YORK — Ahold Delhaize USA has made two recent moves on the expansion front. Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion has agreed to buy 62 BI-LO/Harveys Supermarket stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia from Southeastern Grocers. Financial terms of the deal were not ­disclosed. The acquisition follows Food Lion’s purchase of four BI-LO stores

Pandemic speeds move to online food shopping

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Industry Association (FMI) and The Hartman Group were in the midst of preparing their annual report on trends in grocery shopping when the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. The “before” and “after” impacts illustrate the role the pandemic has played in accelerating the adoption of online food shopping, according

Store closings seen accelerating

NEW YORK — The retail sector will see the pace of store closures pick up this year, thanks to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the prediction from the “2020 US Store Closures Outlook” report released earlier this month by Coresight ­Research. The report updates Coresight Research’s previous estimate to reflect the impact

The time to return to work is now

To loosely quote a memorable Martin Luther King passage: “We face some difficult days ahead.” Perhaps no words more accurately capture the current situation facing the nation’s mass retailers. The notification, hardly surprising given the current state of the industry, that the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has been forced to cancel its annual