Personnel Updates

• Albertsons LLC (180) named Chris Rupp as Exec VP and Chief Customer & Digital Officer.

• Smart & Final Stores LLC (121) has promoted Sean Mahony to Senior VP of Store Operations and Matt Reeve to Senior VP of Sales and Merchandising.

• The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC (38) announced Mary Lynn Phillips is joining the company as Senior VP of Finance.

• Stuckey’s Corporation (6) has named Ethel Stuckey as President and CEO. Williamson Stuckey Jr. will continue as Chairman.

• Walmart Stores Inc. (244) announced Kathryn McLay has been promoted to President and CEO of Sam’s Club.


Financial Focus

• Couche-Tard Inc. has sold all of its ownership interest in CrossAmerica Partners LP.


Mergers and Acquisitions

• Par Mar Stores Inc. has agreed to acquire Tahoe Management 8, LLC. The deal includes 17 Mountaineer Mart stores.

• Riiser Fuels LLC has purchased Baltus Oil Co.’s eight Bread and Butter Shop convenience stores in Wisconsin.

• Southeast Petro has finalized the acquisition of SCV Oil LLC. The transaction included four company-operated CITGO- and Shell-branded convenience stores in Walterboro and Hampton, SC, and a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant adjoining one of the Walterboro stores.


Industry Insight

• Inc. announced it has selected a California site for its new grocery store concept. The company will open a new grocery store format in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2020.


Real Estate

• Casey’s General Stores Inc. plans to build a new warehouse, logistics and distribution facility in Joplin, MO.

• Kum & Go LLC is planning to open 13 new stores in the Denver, CO area in the coming year.

• Roche Bros. Supermarkets Inc. has opened its fifth Brothers Marketplace store in Cambridge, MA.

• SpartanNash Company has opened a new 80,000 sq. ft. distribution center, solely for produce and floral distribution, in Fargo, ND.

• Wawa Inc. plans to open five new stores across the state of Maryland in 2020. Over the next five years, it will open an additional 10 to 15 convenience stores in the state.


Technology News

• The Kroger Co. announced plans to build an Ocado-powered automated warehouse. The 350,000 sq. ft. customer fulfillment center will be located in Pleasant Prairie, WI.