Personnel Updates

Ahold USA announced that Bhavdeep Singh, Exec VP of Fresh Formats, had resigned.

Casey’s General Stores announced that its CEO, Robert Myers, will be retiring and will be succeeded by Terry Handley next April. 

Coborn’s Inc, announced that it has promoted Becky Estby to Senior VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development, and Lisa Ellis to VP of Real Estate .

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc announced that Jon Bratta has been named VP of Marketing.

Kroger announced that Mike Ellis, Kroger’s President and COO, has retired.

Martin’s Super Markets named Doug Gaerte Director of Store Operations and Amy Simeri McClellan VP of Sales and Marketing.

Wegmans announced that Anne Meath has become the VP of Organizational Development and Kathleen Fitzgerald has been named VP of Human Resources for the company’s Corporate, Distribution, and Manufacturing Division.

The United Family hired Gaston Luna as Director of Bakery.


Industry Insight

Food City is buying 29 Bi-Lo stores. With the purchase, Food City will enter the Georgia market.

Kroger launched a new natural and organic e-commerce website: KingSoopers.com/LiveNaturally. The company also announced that it plans to divide its current Texas-based Southwest Division into two separate divisions operating out of Dallas and Houston.

Price Chopper will not sell cigarettes at its new Market 32 supermarkets.

RaceWay is selling 30 of its convenience stores with gasoline.


Financial

A&P filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It has already lined up buyers for 120 of its 296 stores.  Its ACME banner will acquire 76 stores and Stop & Shop will be acquiring 25 of these stores.

Gas-Mart USA filed for bankruptcy.


Mergers and Acquisitions

CrossAmerica has agreed to purchase the 41 company-operated One Stop convenience store network from CST Brands.

Delhaize and Ahold have entered into an agreement to merge, creating a base of more than 6,500 stores.

Energy Transfer Partners LP announced that it will sell its convenience-stores business to Sunoco LP, in a transaction valued at $1.94 billion.

Fuel USA LLC has acquired all of the assets of Workman Oil Co., this includes 52 convenience stores primarily under the trade name Apple Market.

Lamb’s Markets, including the Nature’s Choice Market, has been purchased by Bales Marketplace.

Southeastern Grocers will sell 29 BI-LO stores to K-VA-T Food Stores.

 

Real Estate

7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma has begun adding new larger stores with a kitchen.  The first store of this format opened mid-July and the company is planning on adding as many as 15 stores with a similar format.

Aldi will open locations in Alexandria, VA, and Milwaukee, MN; and is reopening 30 of the 66 former Bottom Dollar stores in Philadelphia area.

Costco will open a location in La Vista, NE.

CST Brands Inc plans to open 5 new Corner Store prototype stores in Texas this year.

Earth Fare Inc. opened a 24,000 sq.-ft. store in Atlanta, GA.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open locations at: 901 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI; 2025 S. Rochester Road Rochester Hills, MI; 15480 Sheldon Road, Northville, MI; and 2 new Indiana stores in Carmel and Westfield.

Fareway Stores will open a location in Johnston, IA.

The Foodtown on Route 33 in Freehold, NJ, has closed.

Foodland will open a 47,395 sq.-ft. flagship store in Honolulu in 2016.

Giant Food Stores will open a location in Odenton, MD.

Grocery Outlet opened a store on Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, PA.

Hornbacher’s opened a store at 950 40th Ave South, Moorhead, MN.

Loblaw announced that it plans to close 52 unprofitable stores over the next year.

Lowes Foods will open a location in Greer, SC.

Key Food Stores Co-operative announced that it will debut a new banner, Windsor Farms Market later this month in Brooklyn, NY.

The Kroger Co. announced that its Smith’s Food & Drug Stores division will open 3 new fuel centers in southern Nevada in the second half of 2015. The company will also open a location in Madison, AL.

H Mart is opening a 45,436 sq. – ft. store in Raleigh, NC.

Market Basket will open stores in Plymouth, MA, and Rochester, NH.

Market Street opened a new store at 4706 North Midkiff Road in Midland, TX.

Native Sun plans to open its Jacksonville, FL, location on September 4.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is opening a new store in Scottsdale, AZ.

New Seasons Market will open a location in Mercer Island, WA.

Piggly Wiggly will open a location in Spanish Fort, AL.

Publix will open a location in Muscle Shoals, AL.

Raley’s will be closing 3 stores, one in Sacramento, CA; one in San Jose, CA; and one in Newark, CA.

Reasor’s announced that it will open a 50,000 sq.-ft. store in Tulsa, OK, on August 5.

Roundy’s will open a 90,000 sq.-ft. store at 2323 Capital Drive, Chicago, IL.

Save-A-Lot opened a store at 511 E Iron Ave, Salina, KS.

Save Mart opened a Lucky California location in Daly City, CA.

Seafood City will open a store at 5033 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL.

Smart & Final announced that it plans to open 12 new stores and complete several renovations in the second half of the fiscal year.

The Spinx Co. opened a 6,500 sq.-ft. store on Marue Drive in Greenville, SC, on June 10.

United Grocery Outlet opened a location at 4225 Chapman Hwy, South Knoxville, TN.

Trader Joe’s will open a location in Birmingham, AL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Davie, FL; Metairie, LA; and Brooklyn, NY.

Wade’s Market Inc. in Farmington, NY, will be closing in October.

The United Family opened a United Supermarket and United Express convenience store in Brownwood, TX.

Wakefern’s Price Rite Division will open its first store in New Hampshire later this summer.

Wal-Mart plans to build a new distribution center in Polk County, FL; open a Super center in Orlando, FL; and open Neighborhood Markets in: El Paso, TX (41,000 sq.-ft.);  Huntsville, AL; Charlotte, NC; David, FL; Columbia, SC; Ames, IA; Albuquerque, NM; Alabaster, AL; Goose Creek, SC ; Pensacola, FL; Charlotte, NC.

Wegmans opened a 126,000-sq.-ft. store in Alexandria, VA, and plans to open an 80,000 sq.-ft. store in the Tysons Corner neighborhood in Chestnut Hill, MA, and a store in Westwood, MA.

Weis Markets opened a Gas-N-Go location in Westminster, MD.

Whole Foods Market will open a 35,000 sq.-ft. store in Los Angeles location at 12746 West Jefferson Boulevard.