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Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

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Heather Lalley is the editor in chief of Winsight Grocery Business, overseeing a team of editors and a web producer to write, report and publish breaking news, features, trend stories and industry analysis. She spent six years as an editor with sister publication Restaurant Business, covering many facets of the restaurant industry.

Before joining Winsight, Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Washington. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook." She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Retailers

Fast-growing Dollar General hires three new VPs

The discounter added Ariel dela Cruz as VP of store operations, Tim Jagneaux as VP of construction and Megan Kokoska as VP of digital engagement. The company plans to open more than 1,000 new stores next year.

Walmart

Walmart CEO: Soaring theft could lead to higher prices, store closures

Doug McMillon, CEO of the nation’s largest retailer, told CNBC Tuesday that the company is seeing a significant rise in shoplifting, echoing similar comments made by Target last month.

The grocer has agreed to pay more than $55,000 to 95 employees who worked overtime without hazard pay, according to the city’s Office of Labor Standards. Meanwhile, the Trader Joe’s United union completed another bargaining session with the grocer.

For the first time, the same-day delivery platform will now haul fresh Christmas trees, and artificial ones, too, from grocery stores and other retailers.

New store openings, technological advancements and more captivated reader attention this year.

Winsight Grocery Business’ annual state of the meat department report, with fresh data from IRI, shows how the pandemic and economic forces have impacted meat-buying trends nationwide.

Food retail added about 4,500 jobs during the month, while hiring cooled significantly in other retail segments, including at warehouse clubs and supercenters, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The discounter on Thursday said it intends to open more than 1,000 new stores next year, as it increases its penetration of refrigerated and frozen foods.

The grocery giant, which is in talks to acquire Albertsons for $24.6 billion, on Thursday reported same-store sales growth of 6.9% for the third quarter. Operating profit, however, dipped 3.1% from a year ago.

In her lawsuit, Donya Prioleau alleges that the gunman who killed six of his coworkers in Chesapeake was known by the retailer to have a “long-standing pattern of disturbing and threatening behavior.”

High food costs are leading a large number of people to request gift cards for necessities this holiday season, according to a new survey by fintech firm Givex.

The retailer on Tuesday said it would also continue paying all workers at the Chesapeake, Virginia, store while the location remains closed “for the foreseeable future.”

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