Industry Update: Grocery, Supermarket & Convenience Stores – December 2014
Aldi Inc. announced that Jason Hart has been promoted to CEO of Aldi US.
Associated Wholesale Grocers has named David Smith as its new Exec VP Division Operations, succeeding Mike Rand, who is retiring.
Fairway Markets announced that Howard Glickberg is retiring from the company, but will remain on the Board of Directors.
Golub Corp. hired Leo Taylor as Senior VP Human Resources.
The Kroger Co.’s Chairman of the Board, David Dillon, is retiring after 38 years with the company.
Casey’s General Stores discovered a $30 million error in its income taxes. The company said it paid the $30.4 million in taxes and $1.1 million in interest to correct the error and will revise its financial statements for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Fresh & Easy is partnering with Instacart to deliver groceries from Fresh & Easy stores to customers in the greater Los Angeles area and San Francisco Bay areas.
Mergers and Acquisitions:
CrossAmerica Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all the outstanding shares of Erickson Oil Products Inc. and certain related assets for $85 million.
Empire Petroleum Partners LLC announced that it has successfully acquired 17 former Corner Store locations in Texas from CST Brands Inc.
Fresh Encounter, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Chief Super Market.
GPM Investments LLC signed an agreement with Road Ranger LLC, to acquire 43 convenience stores.
Pace Development Corp. is acquiring Dean & DeLuca for $140 million.
Aldi USA opened a store in Houston, TX, and plans to open 650 new stores across the country by the end of 2018.
Festival Foods is opening a store in Madison, WI.
Food Lion renovated 45 Greater Greenville, New Bern, and Jacksonville, NC stores.
The Fresh Market will open a store in Plantation, FL, and opened a store in Dallas, TX.
Harris Teeter opened a store in Baltimore, MD.
Jamieson Family Markets opened a new 36,000 sq.-ft. Shop ‘n Save in Youngwood, PA.
Key Food Stores Co-operative introduced a new banner called Food Universe.
The Kroger Co. opened a 125,000-sq.-ft. Marketplace store in Jonesboro, AK.
Publix Super Markets will open a location in Mint Hill, NC; Birmingham, AL; and a 45,600 sq.-ft. Publix Sabor Market in Miami, FL.
Royal Farms is looking to expand in Delaware.
Smart & Final is opening a 30,000 sq.-ft. store in Sacramento, CA.
Walmart Neighborhood Market will open a location in Kings Mountain, NC; Clearwater, KS; and 37 stores in Texas by the end of January 2015.
Whole Foods Market will open a location in Westminster, CO, and 40 stores in Canada.
Wawa opened a location in Halethorpe, MD, and will open a location in Manatee County, FL.