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1. Kroger keeps growth going in the center of the store

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 29, 2015

Kroger continues to report growth in the center store, driven in part by the retailer's investments in its coffee selection, efforts to reorganize center-store sections to make them more intuitive and a growing selection of natural and organic packaged foods. "We are probably one of the few outlets that continues to grow units in the center of the store, and...with as big a piece of business as that is for us or any more traditional or conventional retailer, it's important that those categories grow nicely," Kroger's Chief Financial Officer Mike Schlotman said. (free registration) (06/26)

2. Lidl officially selects N.C. for U.S. headquarters

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 02, 2015

Lidl plans to spend $125 million to establish a U.S. headquarters and distribution facility in North Carolina, state officials announced Wednesday. The German grocer, which received $5.38 million in tax incentives, is expected to create 200 jobs in the next three years as it expands into an 850,000-square-foot facility in the N.C. Commerce Park. American City Business Journals (07/01)

3. Kroger's operating chief departs

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 01, 2015

Kroger's Chief Operating Officer Mike Ellis retired this week after 40 years with the retailer and 18 months as its No. 2 executive, Kroger announced Tuesday. A replacement will be announced at a later date, and CEO Rodney McMullen will temporarily assume the chief operating duties, the company said. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/30) USA Today (06/30)

4. Wegmans on track to open 1st urban store in Boston

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 30, 2015

Wegmans said it is committed to opening its first urban location in Boston's Fenway neighborhood by 2018, anchoring a $500 million mixed-use development project that will also include additional retail space, apartments, offices and parking. The city's Redevelopment Authority approved 75,000 square feet of grocery space for the new Wegmans location. (06/29) American City Business Journals (06/26)

5. Millennials prioritize fresh food for their health

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 01, 2015

Millennials have a unique perception of health and wellness, and they prioritize fresh, less-processed foods, sleep, staying active and social connections when it comes to their health, according to Hartman Group CEO Laurie Demeritt. Millennial interest in healthy eating habits grew 12 percentage points between 2011 and 2014, and the demographic's emphasis on fresh food is affecting sales of certain products, including butter, which millennials prefer over margarine, she said. Supermarket News (free registration) (06/29)

6. How Costco is gradually growing its Business Center concept

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 01, 2015

Costco Wholesale debuted its Business Center retail concept with a single store in 1992, and the 11th Business Center store is slated to open this fall. The stores are designed to cater to small-sized retailers, restaurants and professional offices. (06/29)

7. Kroger readies for opening of largest Cincinnati store

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 30, 2015

American City Business Journals (06/29)

8. Behind Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market strategy

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 30, 2015

New Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets in the Charleston, S.C., area illustrate how the small-format stores answer consumer demand for convenient stores with faster checkout rates and smaller crowds, and also how they boost the retailer's competitive edge against low-priced food retailers like ALDI. "They are the world's largest retailer and they got there by being smart, by looking at the bottom line and listening to their consumers," said Marianne Bickle, retail department chairwoman at the University of South Carolina. The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (06/27)

9. How former Trader Joe's exec tackles food waste at new store

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 29, 2015

Former Trader Joe's President Doug Rauch opened his nonprofit grocery store concept Daily Table in Boston earlier this month, where he aims to tackle both food waste and food insecurity by offering items typically rejected by other grocery stores, such as packaged food that is less than six months from its expiration date and nearly-ripe produce. "I knew from my experience we have an abundance of food and much of it is going to waste through inefficiencies through the fact that we all want the beauty queen produce and anything that's ugly gets left in the field," Rauch said. ABC News (06/24)

10. Sam's Club launches online daily deals

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 29, 2015

Sam's Club is expanding its member offerings online and through its mobile application with new Shocking Values daily discounts. The retailer, which will be the first wholesale retailer to offer online daily deals, hopes to attract new members through the Shocking Values program, which features savings of up to 60% on products from major brands. (06/25)

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