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Will Tesco Turn it Around?

Fresh & Easy is rolling out a new Express store format, but can the company come out on top after nearly four years of heavy losses? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market grocery chain debuted with a bang in 2007, rolling out 20 stores in rapid succession in California, Nevada

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Fresh & Easy Express To Hit California

Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy chain to test a c-store version of the grocery store brand, after a successful push with Tesco Express in the U.K. Tesco PLC is set to test a new Fresh & Easy Express branch of stores, a smaller-format version of its Fresh & Easy grocery stores, in an effort to

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Retailers Pledge to Expand Healthy Food Options

Several c-stores and grocery stores agreed to join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand value and health foods to more impoverished U.S. communities.  The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced that leading grocery retailers have committed to bring healthy, affordable

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Food Lion Expands In South Carolina

Food Lion unveils six new stores it acquired from grocery store chain Bloom, and assures customers it plans to offer as many of Bloom’s key products as possible. The Food Lion is increasing its business in Greenville, S.C., with the opening of  six new stores it acquired from grocery chain Bloom. Seven Bloom stores in

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Fresh & Easy Opening New San Francisco Stores

For each new store opening, Fresh & Easy invites neighbors to nominate a local, non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is opening two new stores in San Francisco this summer, one of which is scheduled to open its doors at the end of next week. These store openings are

Sunflower Farmers Market To Open In California

Sunflower Farmers Market, a rapidly growing value-priced organic and natural foods grocer in six Southwestern states, is set to open its first store in California in April 2011. While the concept is new to California, Mike Gilliland, the man behind the brand, is well known there. He established the popular Wild Oats supermarket in the

Giant Eagle Welcomes Huntington

Huntington Bank has opened the first of its Giant Eagle in-store branches, part of an exclusive, 15-year agreement announced in September 2010 to install seven-day-a-week, full-service branches in at least 103 Giant Eagle supermarkets. “This is a true partnership between two companies that share a strong, long-held commitment to customer service, convenience, and the communities

Market District Opens In Ohio

Inspired by the open-air markets of Europe and a passion for food, Giant Eagle Inc. opened its Kingsdale Market District food store-a 132,000 square-foot culinary, dining and shopping destination, on Oct. 14, in Columbus. The Kingsdale Market District, the fourth for the multi-format food retailer and first in Ohio, delivers central Ohio residents with a

Rite Aid Partners With Save-A-Lot

Rite Aid Corp. plans to add discount Save-A-Lot groceries to 10 of its stores in and around Greenville, S.C., as it tests out a partnership with Supervalu Inc., the Associated Press reported. The stores are set to be remodeled by October, and renamed Save-A-Lot Food Stores/Rite Aid Pharmacy. Rite Aid will own and operate the

Shell Leaps into Loyalty

At a Glance: Shell’s Fuel Rewards Program   In an effort to bring value to its fuel customers and branded marketers, Shell Oil Products U.S., in July, launched its Grocery Rewards program with several of the nation’s largest supermarket brands in markets across the country. Customers earn one fuel point for every dollar spent at

Granting Wishes in West Virginia

The West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OMEGA) and the West Virginia chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation kicked off their fundraising drive Monday at the Par Mar Convenience Store at 720 Division St. in Parkersburg, allowing community members to buy stars to help grant wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions, Newsandsentinel.com reported.

Swiss Farms Adds Drive-Through Payment Transactions

Swiss Farms, the drive-through grocery store chain headquartered in Broomall, Pa., is adding a fully secure payment processing solution through Columbus IT and Mercury Payments Systems.  The enhanced system is designed to meet Swiss Farms’ specific payment processing needs as it launched a national franchising expansion program. The chain needed to accept EBT cards and

Why Product Assortment Delivers

More than 50% of U.S. consumers told The Nielsen Company they are likely to shop elsewhere if they notice a reduced selection of consumer packaged goods (CPG), while nearly half of retailers indicate continued plans to decrease assortment. So far, most consumers haven’t observed assortment changes with only 7% reporting a noticeable reduction in product

Energy Sales Hold Strong

Familiarity with shifting consumer attitudes amidst a turbulent economy–and the willingness to make changes in the cooler if need be–could help retailers cash in big with isotonics and energy drinks this year. “If you’re intent on raising your share in that marketplace then I think you have to get in touch with who that user

Kum & Go Expands Redbox Kiosks

Kum & Go plans to add Redbox DVD rental kiosks to more than 281 Kum & Go convenience stores nationwide this year.  Redbox kiosks are currently installed at 26 Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  “Redbox has made a positive impact on our stores and has been very popular

Kroger’s Annual Earth Day Contest Aims To Reduce Waste

As Earth Day approaches, The Kroger Co. is inviting customers to design a reusable shopping bag through its annual online contest. From April 12 to May 21, customers can go online at www.kroger.com/green to submit their designs for Kroger’s reusable grocery bags. The winning designer will receive a $1,000 gift card and a chance to

Low Prices Replace Customer Service As Loyalty Driver

In a vast departure from COLLOQUY’s 2008 report on consumer loyalty to U.S retailers, Walmart dominated the 2010 COLLOQUY Retail Loyalty Index, in results that reflect a reality of the Great Recession – low prices drove consumer loyalty. COLLOQUY, the publishing, education and research division of LoyaltyOne, previously published the COLLOQUY Retail Loyalty Index in

Save-A-Lot Grows Chain

Save-A-Lot food stores, a hard discount grocery chain, has opened its sixth store in Jacksonville, Fla., and it’s first store in Hinesville, Ga. “Save-A-Lot is committed to building stores in neighborhoods that want convenience and access to fresh, nutritious food at a great low price,” said Bill Shaner the company president and CEO. He added

New Save-A-Lot Opens In Dallas Area

Save-A-Lot food stores, one of the nation’s hard discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store at 2627 W. Jefferson Blvd in the historic Oak Cliff community. A series of Grand Opening events will run from March 4-9, with an official Dollar-Cutting ceremony beginning

Kroger and Shell Kickoff Grocer Rewards Program

The Kroger Co. and Shell have teamed up to launch a customer loyalty grocer rewards program in several U.S. cities. The rewards program provides shoppers the exclusive opportunity to earn savings on fuels when using their Kroger family of brands loyalty card at their local Kroger or Ralphs stores.  Beginning on Feb. 15, Kroger and

Kroger Opens Smith’s Express C-store in Utah

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Co., has opened its first Express fuel station and convenience store at 1974 S. 1100 East in Sugar House, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.   A second location at 873 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City is set to open this month. Both

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