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1. Meijer continues Wisc. expansion with mall purchase

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Meijer has purchased a 367,000-square-foot mall in Wisconsin, which the retailer plans to anchor with a new store in the future. The $10.75 million mall is part of a $750 million investment in the state, where Meijer plans to open four new stores this summer and three in 2016. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (03/20)

2. Price Chopper enters new market with 5-store acquisition

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 26, 2015

Price Chopper will enter the Des Moines, Iowa, market next week, after acquiring five former Dahl's locations. The retailer will have to differentiate itself in price and draw shoppers from Hy-Vee, its largest competitor in the area, according to grocery industry analyst David Livingston. Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model), The (03/25)

3. H-E-B stocks up on N. Texas land for potential expansion

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 27, 2015

H-E-B might be preparing for a push into the Dallas-Fort Worth market, following the purchase of 16 properties in the northern region of Texas and the expansion of its existing distribution facility there, experts say. However, the 110-year-old retailer, which stands even in Houston market share with Kroger and Wal-Mart, said it will continue to focus on its Central Market specialty banner in Dallas. Dallas Morning News (free content), The (03/26)

4. Haggen prepares to make its mark on S. Calif.

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 27, 2015

Haggen has opened eight of its new stores in California so far, bringing its model of fresh, organic produce and a more upscale shopper experience to the 83 former Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores that are mostly in the southern part of the state. The chain boasts higher-quality meats and seafood than traditional grocers, but offers similar pricing and a hassle-free environment, Haggen officials said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (03/25)

5. Fresh & Easy transitions to fresh food convenience model

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 24, 2015

Fresh & Easy will close about 50 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada as part of an effort to transition its business model to focus on fresh food convenience stores under parent The Yucaipa Cos., which acquired the chain in 2013. The retailer is also testing a click-and-collect service in Las Vegas with the goal of rolling it out to more stores. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (03/23)

6. CEO: Why Delhaize was not right for discount retail

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 26, 2015

Delhaize Group's Bottom Dollar chain did not succeed in the hard discount category because, while the company is "a very good supermarket operator," it grew the chain too quickly and did not have the right business economy for discount success, according to Delhaize CEO Frans Muller. Delhaize sold all 66 of its Bottom Dollar stores to ALDI in a $15 million deal last year. Supermarket News (free registration) (03/25)

7. Online, hard-discount poised to disrupt mainstream grocery

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 23, 2015

Two niche formats in the grocery industry, online and hard-discount, are poised for mainstream expansion, which could disrupt the grocery industry and force traditional supermarkets to adapt by employing efforts such as lowering meat prices and experimenting with new store concepts, North American Retail and Consumer Goods Practice Co-Leader Joel Rampoldt writes. Progressive Grocer (03/20)

8. Kraft, Heinz agree to merge

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 25, 2015

Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz will merge through a deal that could reach more than $40 billion. The merger, which will be backed by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, would form the Kraft Heinz Co., which would make about $28 billion in revenue and stand as the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/25) Bloomberg (03/25) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/25)

9. Haggen adopts new slogan with expansion into new markets

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 25, 2015

Haggen has adopted a new slogan that the retailer is featuring in a price-oriented mailer meant to introduce the chain to shoppers in new markets where Haggen is in the process of transitioning stores the company acquired following the Safeway-Albertsons merger. The slogan, "Hello Haggen. Goodbye Hassle," and the mailer describe the stores as one-stop shops for essentials, organics, locally-sourced items and favorite brands at affordable prices. Supermarket News (free registration) (03/24)

10. ALDI continues Minn. expansion with new Rochester store

FMI dailyLead® | Mar 25, 2015

ALDI will open a new 17,000-square-foot store and reopen a newly-renovated one in Rochester, Minn., doubling its footprint in the market. The stores will feature expanded product selections, including the discount retailer's liveGfree gluten-free products, and will accept payments via credit card. Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model), The (03/24)

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