Supermarket, Grocery, & C-Store

Free Trial• Ahold-Delhaize announced its CFO, Natalie Knight, is leaving the company later this year.

• Amcon Distributing will acquire Henry’s Foods Inc. in Alexandria, MN, in the company’s second quarter of fiscal 2023.

• H-E-B will open a new 97,000 sq. ft. multi-level store in Austin, TX, on February 15.

• KeHe Distributors, LLC has named Deb Conklin as President and CEO. Current CEO Brandon Barnholt will move into the Executive Chairman role.

• Plum Market has opened its first grocery store in Florida. The new location is in Aventura, FL. The retailer plans to open new stores in Hollywood, CA, and Washington, DC, in 2023.

• Rutter’s Holdings Inc announced Chris Hartman has been promoted to VP Fuel, Advertising and Development; Tom Turnbaugh has been promoted to VP Finance; and Mike Shonk is now a Senior Director of Facility/Maintenance and Development.

• Sheetz Inc. reported Stephanie Doliveira has been promoted to Exec VP of People and Culture.

 

Retail

• Academy Sports & Outdoors reported it will open a new 60,000 sq. ft. location in Lafayette, IN, this spring.

• Amazon.com Inc. reported it plans to eliminate over 18,000 jobs in 2023.

• Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. has appointed Dara Meath as its new Senior VP, CTO.

• Builders FirstSource Inc. has named Dave Rush as its new CEO.

• Do it Best Corp. announced the promotion of Brian Christophel to Merchandise Manager Heating Equipment. The company also announced Mike Ocker as a new Manager of Business Development.

• Five Below Inc. plans to open more than 200 store locations, and remodel 400 stores in 2023.

• Forest Tek Lumber Inc. announced that Tom Allen has joined the company as its new President.

• Macy’s Inc. announced it is closing four stores this month. The retailer is closing locations at Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, CA, at Foothills Mall in Fort Collins, CO, at Windward Center in Oahu, HI, and at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, MD.

• Morphe reported it is closing all its U.S. store locations. The company will sell its products on its website and at select retailers.

• Rite Aid Corporation announced its CEO, Heyward Donigan, has left the company. The retailer has appointed Elizabeth Burr as Interim CEO.

• SpartanNash Company has acquired Great Lakes Foods, an independent grocery wholesaler in the Midwest.

• Stitch Fix, Inc. announced Elizabeth Spaulding has stepped down as CEO. The company’s Founder, Katrina Lake, will serve as Interim CEO until a replacement is found.

• Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. has named Kim Adams as its first-ever VP Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition.

• Vitamin Shoppe Industries announced Sharon Leite, its CEO, has left the retailer.

 

Restaurant

• Chick-fil-A is investigating reports of fraudulent activity including data bank account breaches occurring on their mobile app. Chick-fil-A is claiming that breach is not due to a compromise of their internal systems.

• Donatos Pizzeria has opened a new location in Charlotte, NC.

• Fazoli’s is planning to open five locations to Puerto Rico over the next six years.

• Huey Magoo’s has opened a new location in Charleston, SC.

• Krystal has opened a new prototype store in Center Point, AL. The new location has a smaller footprint and features double drive-thru lanes.

• Pizza Hut is bringing back ‘The Big New Yorker’ pizza that was launched 24 years ago.

• Portillo’s Hot Dogs has been performing better in their newer markets than their core Midwest market according to their CEO.

• Red Robin is putting a temporary pause on their expansion plans with Donatos. Originally Red Robin had planned to add Donatos to 150 of their locations this year, but that plan has likely been pushed back to 2024.

• Subway is exploring a potential sale with early valuations coming in above $10 billion for the sandwich chain.

• Texas Roadhouse has promoted Regina Tobin to President. Tobin has been with the company for 27 years and most recently served as Chief Learning and Culture Officer.

• Zaxby’s has named Carl Mount as Chief Supply Chain Officer.