Rick Keyes, who started with Meijer as a pharmacist 27 years ago and was promoted to president last year, has been named the first CEO from outside the retailer's founding family. Current CEO Hank Meijer has moved into the role of executive chairman of the 230-store Michigan-based chain.
Whole Foods Markets will drop a points-based loyalty program in the Philadelphia market in favor of the members-only discount format it has been testing in Dallas, the retailer said. The grocer launched its Philadelphia-area test in 2014 and it's making the change based on shopper response.
More consumers opted to order their Thanksgiving groceries online this year, according to data company Unata. Online grocery sales grew 19 times faster than in-store sales from Nov. 11 to Nov. 28.
The Uptown area of Columbus, Ga., is adding its first liquor store, to be open seven days a week. Owner Pat Daniel said she hopes the store will appeal both to local residents and the many visitors in the area during the day.
Liquor-delivery service Drizly has partnered with five local stores to bring alcohol delivery to Connecticut. The service is available in cities such as Hartford, New Haven and Greenwich, with a minimum order of about $20 plus a $5 delivery fee.
Debate in Utah continues to grow over the state's "Zion Curtain" law, which requires new bars and restaurants to erect a barrier so that patrons cannot see alcoholic drinks being made. "The weirdness factor costs Utah jobs. It costs us tourism," said state Sen. Jim Dabakis, who supports repeal.
Tops Markets will put a two-level Orchard Fresh store into an 18-story, urban, multiuse project in Buffalo, N.Y. The store will include bakery and a large prepared-food selection as befits a downtown grocery, according to project developer Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.
Citrus greening has decimated Florida oranges for over a decade, leaving the crop at only a third of what it was 20 years ago, and this year's harvest is expected to be the lowest in more than 50 years, according to the USDA. Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center and the University of Florida have produced varieties of citrus trees researchers believe will stand a fighting chance against the disease.
Wal-Mart Stores has opened a 4,000-square-foot grocery pickup and gas store in Thornton, Colo., the second location for the company's newest retail concept. The retailer will fulfill online orders from a nearby full-line Wal-Mart store, and shoppers who place their orders online by 1 p.m. can pick them up the same day.
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