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Several states and the FTC are set to block the Kroger, Albertsons merger. Murphy USA names Mindy West as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. And the federal government could soon require grocers to collect information on purchases under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
A union that represents thousands of grocery workers in the Pacific Northwest endorses the Kroger-Albertsons merger. Walmart announces plans to buy TV manufacturer Vizio. And convenience store chain QuikTrip opens its first store in metro Oklahoma City.
DoorDash reports a 23% year-over-year increase in total orders. Grocery price inflation slows down in January. And Instacart launches a new partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Maverik has launched a new branded apparel and merchandise line. Target has launched a new private label brand called Dealworthy. And Walmart is in talks with smart-television manufacturer Vizio to buy the company for more than $2 billion.
Shrinkflation has caught President Joe Biden’s attention. Current public charging stations for electric vehicles are far from meeting consumer wants and expectations. And Instacart announced it will cut 250 jobs, roughly 7% of its workforce.
Kentucky is suing the Kroger Co. over opioid pills. CSP has formed its inaugural C-StoreTEC Advisory Board. And Sheetz has promoted three executives.
Electrify America opened its first indoor flagship public electric-vehicle charging station in San Francisco. Dollar Tree expanded the reach of its chief operating officer role. And Shell signed an agreement to acquire 45 fuel and convenience-store sites in New Mexico through the acquisition of Brewer Oil Co.’s retail division.
California attempts to ban plastic shopping bags – again. Casey’s General Stores put a face to its pizza and beer offerings. And Amazon plans to lay off hundreds of workers in its health care division.
Walgreens names a new president of U.S. Healthcare. Target considers a paid subscription service, similar to those offered by competitors. And BP plans to convert all of its TravelCenters of America sites east of the Rockies.
Twenty-four convenience stores opened in January. Snack and beverage companies are gearing up for the Super Bowl with commercial teases. And an Aldi location in Aurora, Illinois, is unlike any other in the rapidly growing chain.
Kroger’s chief financial officer heads to Costco. CVS Health plans to sell its retail drugstores in Puerto Rico. And the Associated Press releases a bombshell report on prison labor.
BP names a new chief financial officer. A grocery store chain and a convenience store chain make Placer.ai’s top 10 list of hot brands to watch in 2024. And Kwik Trip plans five new Kwik Star locations in South Dakota.
Amazon stock climbed over 8% in after-hours trading. British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International reached a global settlement that resolved the companies’ ongoing patent infringement litigation. And convenience-store retailers Rutter’s and 7-Eleven are offering several Super Bowl deals.
Buc-ee’s broke ground on a new travel center in Virginia. CVS Health is closing 25 of its MinuteClinic locations in metro Los Angeles. And MAPCO launched a new quick-service restaurant at select locations.
QuikTrip Corp. is heading to Las Vegas. Big Y Foods has made some top executive changes. And Valor Oil LLC is attracting attention with an usual concept—disco bathrooms.
Target has introduced more than 1,000 new wellness-related products at price points as low as $1.99. Casey’s General Stores divested a convenience store in Altamont, Kansas, to Pete’s Corp. And Dierbergs Market now has an app to help shoppers with dietary restrictions.
Aldi moves forward with its acquisition of Winn-Dixie and Harvey Supermarket stores. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will open up to 25 new locations this year. And the Food and Drug Administration urges c-stores to discontinue products containing tianeptine, a supplement sometimes referred to as gas station heroin.
Kum & Go owner Maverik pulls the plug on the c-store chain’s made-to-order foodservice and mobile ordering programs. DoorDash is raising its fees in New York City following a minimum wage hike. And Rite Aid adds another 55 locations to its list of locations slated for closure.
Chicago considers a proposal to slow the proliferation of dollar stores. Sprecher Brewing Co. enters the energy drink market with the purchase of Juvee. And the Food and Drug Administration extends its review of tobacco product applications.
Northeast Grocery Inc. names a new CEO. The U.S. convenience store industry has its second consecutive year of growth. The National Labor Relations Board files a complaint against Trader Joe’s. And indoor vertical farm company Gotham Greens opens its first hydroponic greenhouse in Texas.
Walmart enters the era of artificial intelligence-powered adaptive retail. U.S. and European light crude oil benchmark prices hold steady. And technology takes center stage at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show convention in New York City.
A gas station and convenience store that was known for displaying signs with far-right political messages is under different ownership. Retailers must remove certain Suorin and blu Plus e-cigarette products from shelves. And Federal health officials are now getting involved in a charcuterie meat snack tray recall.
Drizly owner Uber is shutting down the Boston-based alcohol-delivery company. Retail media networks are “not for the faint of heart,” according to one grocery executive. And Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is urging the Ohio General Assembly to regulate Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC products.
Berkshire Hathaway acquired the remaining 20% interest in Pilot Travel Centers from Pilot Corp. bp appointed Murray Auchincloss as CEO. And Rite Aid’s real estate advisor, A&G Real Estate Partners, is putting eight additional store leases up for sale.
The Biden-Harris Administration is granting $623 million to help build out an electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the U.S. Shoppers are not happy with what they are seeing on their grocery receipt. And do not expect the $24.6 billion Kroger, Albertsons merger to happen anytime soon.
Albertsons launches a new line of private-label frozen meals. CVS will close several pharmacies located inside Targets. And the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing on rising retail crime.
The consumer price index inches up in spite of economist predictions, 7-Eleven plans to buy 204 stores from Sunoco, and Altria Group and Phillip Morris USA announce price hikes on cigarettes.
Walmart expands its drone delivery program in Texas, minimum wage increases in 22 states, and discount grocer Aldi eliminates plastic shopping bags from its more than 2,300 stores.
Albertsons reports strong net sales in Q3 as it awaits a decision on its $24.6 billion merger with Kroger, the Department of Labor issues a final rule on what constitutes a gig worker, and Ruiz Food Products gets a new president and CEO.
Costco reports strong sales in December, C-store brand Kum & Go is set to disappear by 2025, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejects R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s challenge to a California ban on flavored tobacco products.
Fratelli Beretta USA Inc., which makes Busetto brand charcuterie samplers, recalls thousands of charcuterie boards due to a possible salmonella contamination. Foxtrot opens its newest location in Washington, D.C. And Walmart plans to launch 10 new poke bars at select locations in California.
Declining inflation is leading to slower grocery sales. BP is denying its former CEO a multimillion dollar payout. And Phillips 66 has acquired a Southern California fuel distributor.
Save A Lot has a new CEO. New York and Texas saw the most new c-store openings last month. And Pilot’s store upgrades are well underway.
Grocery prices continue to relax. Casey’s General Stores had a big quarter. And Grocery Outlet is on the hunt for a new CFO.
Gas prices are tumbling. Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding its delivery offering. And Holiday Oil is in the midst of a new era.
Kwik Trip is seeing success with self-checkout. Grocery inflation remains a concern. And big changes appear to be coming to the tobacco category.
Amazon continues to tinker with its grocery offering. Casey’s won’t rebrand nearly two dozen Lone Star Food Stores it purchased. And Dollar General is slowing its expansion pace.
7-Eleven Mexico goes the SaaS route for category management, United Natural Foods turns in a disappointing Q1 performance, and a menthol cigarette ban is in the offing.
Kwik Trip eyes growth in upper Michigan, Wegmans gives a store opening update, and new research shows that in-store ATMs encourage purchases.
Mass merchants are the Black Friday winners, convenience and grocery retailers ramp up EV charging, and Weis Markets reports a possible customer data breach.
Casey’s acquires some Love’s c-stores, Ahold Delhaize gives a distribution center tour, and Grabango sizes up self-checkout’s impact on retail shrink.
7-Eleven International is buying 7-Eleven Australia. Kroger’s sales fell during the third quarter. And Wawa is heading to a new state.
Ahold Delhaize details its omnichannel strategy. Phillip Morris has a new chief communications officer. And Meijer and EVgo are expanding their fast-charging network.
Kroger has shut down its Kitchen United food halls. Circle K’s parent company is putting more stores up for sale. And the FDA is issuing a warning about a supplement commonly sold in c-stores.
2023 has been a big year for convenience store M&A activity. Speaking of which, Foxtrot and Dom’s Kitchen & Market plan to merge. And, grocers saw a bigger-than-normal boost on Turkey Wednesday.
BP is getting serious about AI. The finish line for the Kroger-Albertsons merger could be in sight. And the Pilot Co. has a new c-suite executive.
Publix Super Markets will have a new CEO in the new year. RaceTrac is expanding into a new state. And one petroleum seller has run afoul of state regulations.
One convenience store retailer has received an investment to fuel its expansion. Sales were flat during the recent quarter at BJ’s Wholesale Club. And the FDA is investigating whether shipments of cinnamon have been contaminated with lead.
Walmart sees consumers being cautious this holiday season, but nevertheless raised its economic forecast for the year. CrossAmerica Partners reported shrinking gasoline margins. And CSP counted 16 new c-stores last month.