Supermarket, Grocery, & C-Store

Free Trial• Aldi Inc. reported Eric Traxler has been hired as its new VP of Information Technology.

• Giant Eagle Inc. has moved into its new headquarters in Cranberry Township, PA.

• Hy-Vee Inc. will acquire SVT LLC, which operates 22 Strack & Van Til stores throughout northwest Indiana.

• SpartanNash Company has acquired Metcalfe’s Market, a grocery chain with three stores in Wisconsin.

• SpartanNash Company recently named John Taylor as VP and Associate General Counsel.

• Wegmans Food Markets Inc. announced it plans to open its first store in the city of Charlotte, NC, in 2026.



• CVS Health announced that Andrea Harrison, Vice President Of Merchandising, Beauty & Personal Care, has left the company.

• Do it Best Corp. reported Matt Davis was named Divisional Manager of Architecture, IT. Arron Enyart was named Merchandising Supply Planner. Beatriz Garcia was named Accounting Specialist. Bill Habegger was named Divisional Manager IT. Scott Hofrichter was named Divisional Manager IT Development. Jim Knepper was named Product Sales Manager. Steve May was named Product Sales Manager. Brittany Peavler was named as an Associate Merchandising Manager. Nick Poling was named Network Systems Scheduler. Kevin Riley was named Product Sales Manager. Ronnie Thomas was named Associate Merchandising Manager in Hardware. John Trowbridge was named Product Sales Manager. Zach Vanlandingham was named Product Sales Manager. Rob Williams\was named Divisional Purchasing Manager. Dylan Hansen was named IT Systems Administrator. Craig Thacker was named Merchandising Category Management Planner. Abeer Saeed was named as Merchandise Manager, Home Decor, Lumber, and Building Materials. John Wasko was named as a Territory Sales Manager.

• Gucci America Inc. has named Stefano Cantino as Deputy CEO.

• Lids Sports Group plans to open new Fan Outfitters stores across the U.S.

• Macy’s Inc. opened a new 30,200 sq. ft. Macy’s store in Mount Laurel, NJ, this week. The retailer plans to open 30 smaller format stores this year.

• National Retail Federation has promoted David French to Exec VP of Government Relations and Executive Director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants.

• Sky Zone, LLC announced it will be opening five new locations in CA, OR, and TX, by the end of the year.



• Applebee’s has signed a multiyear partnership with the NFL to become the official restaurant of the league.

• Dickey’s Barbecue has named Chef Matt Burton as Director of Research and Development.

• Fatburger will be opening 40 new locations within existing Round Table Pizza locations.

• Mod Pizza has named Jennifer Anderson as CMO. The company has also closed 27 locations in response to California’s AB 1228 fast-food law.

• Mountain Mike’s Pizza has promoted Carol DeNembo to Chief Marketing Officer.

• Pita Pit is rebranding all of their locations. The rebrand will modernize the restaurant design and introduce drive-thru models and a reworked menu.

• Red Lobster is considering a bankruptcy filing.

• Smashburger has signed a franchise agreement to bring two new locations to Salt Lake City, Utah.

• TGI Fridays has agreed to merge with their UK-based franchisee, Hostmore plc. The company will be traded publicly on the London Stock Exchange.  The $220 million deal will rename the company TGI Fridays plc, the company’s main operations will remain at their Dallas headquarters with CEO, Weldon Spangler, remaining at the helm.