Bi-Lo Holdings President and CEO Randall Onstead will leave the post on March 1, relinquishing his position as head of the parent company that owns the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery chains. The company, which abandoned an earlier IPO effort and closed 23 stores in November, will release information about Onstead's replacement at a later date.
Bi-Lo Holdings will expand its Bi-Local and Winn Local initiative to the Birmingham, Ala., Greenville, S.C., and Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Fla., markets next year following a successful launch of the program in Charleston, S.C., Chattanooga, Tenn., Mobile, Ala., and Jacksonville and Pensacola, Fla. Through the initiative, the retailer looks for locally-sourced products to sell in its Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie stores. Over the last year, Bi-Lo heard pitches for more than 300 locally-made products, about 220 of which are now carried by the retailer.
Bi-Lo Holdings will rebrand eight Sweetbay stores in Florida to the Winn-Dixie banner this weekend. Employees of Sweetbay have been invited to join the Winn-Dixie team, said Regional Vice President Joey Medina. The Winn-Dixie and BI-LO parent company recently purchased more than 163 stores.
Ahold USA is offering two mobile applications at Giant of Maryland and Stop & Shop Supermarket. The Scan It! app lets shoppers use their phone to scan and bag groceries, while the loyalty app lets users make shopping lists, track rewards and receive custom coupons.