Personnel Updates

• Sprouts Farmers Markets (137) announced that Denise Paulonis will join the company as CFO.

• Stater Bros. Holdings Inc. (134) announced Keith Thomas has been promoted to the role of Executive VP Retail Operations.

• Super Center Concepts Inc. (32) announced Richard Wardwell has been promoted to President of the company.

• Weis Markets Inc. (103) has hired Kevin Weaver as its Director of Produce.


Financial Focus

• Shoppers Value Foods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization.


Industry Insight

• Sheetz Inc. recently celebrated a major milestone with the opening of its 600th convenience store.

• Thorntons LLC has opened its 200th convenience store.


Real Estate

• Earth Fare Healthy Supermarkets announced it is closing three Indianapolis-area locations, one Fairfax, VA, store, and another in Florida.

• Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will bring the Bojangles’ brand to four new states through a new national franchise development agreement. The deal includes 40 new Bojangles’ restaurants inside Love’s locations in Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.

• Wegmans Food Markets Inc. announced its plans to open a new location in Holly Springs, NC.


Technology News

• Ahold-Delhaize has rolled out new frictionless store technology, piloted under the name Lunchbox, which permits consumers to quickly shop a small-format store by scanning in, shopping and walking out.