Biography

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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Technology

Tech round-up: Giant Co.’s electric delivery vans, Instacart Scan & Pay and more

Grocers are rolling out lots of technological advances this week as they look to boost operational efficiency, make shopping more convenient and affordable, help the environment and more.

Stores

H-E-B breaks ground in Mansfield, plots major Waxahachie expansion

The fast-growing Texas grocery chain, which added more square feet of retail space than any other last year, said it is working to grow its presence in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

LadderUp will focus on small businesses owned by LGBTQ+ people and people of color in five cities, offering e-commerce strategy and $5,000 in funding.

Sales are up slightly at the 166-unit, health-focused grocer, largely because of inflation, while store visits declined during the quarter.

Net sales totaled $1.49 billion for the regional grocer, which operates nearly 200 stores in the southeast.

The grocer filed a complaint Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging an unfair election and stalling the formation of the third Trader Joe’s union.

The 60,000-square-foot Mississippi supermarket is slated to open in spring 2024, the grocer said.

The same-day grocery delivery platform launched its first major marketing campaign with a CPG brand, Michelob Ultra, with a shoppable ad that guides shoppers into purchasing game-day snacks and drinks.

Grocers kicked off 2023 in a big way. WGB reported on 29 grand openings during the month, up from 17 in December.

John Garratt, who is also the discounter’s president, will leave the company June 2 after nearly a decade.

Bagan will take the top spot at the 27-unit Southern California market chain from Rob McDougall, who is retiring.

Supermercado Carrera, which has operated in Aurora, Illinois, since 2014, shortchanged employees on their overtime wages, the Department of Labor said.

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