Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Sprouts Farmers Market to open new stores in Virginia, Florida

The specialty grocer is slated to celebrate the grand opening of a new location in Manassas on Friday, with a July 21 date set to debut a grocery store in Fort Myers.


Dollar Tree to lay off about 90 workers at its corporate HQ

The discounter said it is cutting jobs because it is moving to outsource its customer-service operations in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The 121,000-square-foot store at Wolf Lakes Village replaces an existing location nearby and is slated to open on June 7.

The fast-growing discounter said it has opened new distribution centers in Blair, Nebraska; Newnan, Georgia; and Fort Worth, Texas, with more expansion in the works.

The high-tech grocery experiment from the retail giant is soulless and sterile, writes WGB Editor-in-Chief Heather Lalley.

Watkins replaces Charles Redfield, who stepped down after 32 years at the retail giant earlier this month.

The Louisiana grocer also named new VPs of advertising-marketing and center store.

The advertising offering will allow CPG brands to target Sprouts’ health-focused shoppers, the companies said.

Kindy has also held executive supply chain positions at Safeway, ConAgra Foods and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The health-focused grocer will soon shutter a total of 10 locations in California, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Washington.

The specialty grocer saw same-store sales climb 3.1% during its first quarter, fueled by the retailer’s most-loyal shoppers, who drive 60% of sales.

After a very busy March, WGB tallied the fewest grocery store debuts of 2023 last month.

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