A&P to sell seven Conn.-based stores to Big Y
MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P has announced an agreement with Big Y Foods to sell seven stores in northern Connecticut as part of its turnaround strategy. The stores are expected to close at the end of October.
“We continue to evaluate our operating footprint and its alignment with our turnaround strategy. These seven stores were clearly outside of our core markets, and their sale was necessary,” stated Sam Martin, president and CEO of A&P.
Martin continued, “The company faces many difficult decisions over the next several months, which are required to strengthen our foundation and improve our performance going forward. As we implement these initiatives, we remain mindful of the impact on our associates. I would like to thank the affected associates for all of their hard work and dedication over the years.”
The grocer currently operates 429 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia under the following trade names: A&P, Waldbaum’s, Pathmark, Pathmark Sav-a-Center, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh and Food Basics.
Hardy Diagnostics introduces AloeSafe
SANTA MARIA, Calif. A new hand sanitizer from Hardy Diagnostics has made its market debut.
AloeSafe contains aloe vera, vitamin E and lavender oil and is free of glycerin, artificial colors, propylene glycol and parabens, Hardy Diagnostics said. It does not cause drying, and leaves the hands feeling soft and silky, while showing a 99.9% kill rate of potentially infectious bacteria.
Walmart reshuffles merchandising roles
A series of merchandising and marketing moves announced at Walmart created several new positions and aligned the organization in the four core areas of general merchandise and replenishment; food, softlines and consumables; health and wellness; and Walmart.com, according to an internal announcement.
The changes follow the departure two months ago of former chief merchandising officer John Fleming and the reassignment of former Walmart U.S. president and CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright to a diminished role in global sourcing amid sagging sales at the U.S. stores division. COO Bill Simon assumed the president and CEO role, although a new chief merchant has yet to be named.
Duncan MacNaughton was named EVP consumable, health and wellness and Walmart.com after previously serving as chief merchandising officer for Walmart Canada. Scott Huff will serve as SVP consumables, and John Agwunobi will serve as president and SVP health and wellness, with Scott McCall filling the role of SVP health and wellness merchandising. The new position of senior director of planning, pricing and modular development was filled by Phillip Freehling.
John Westling will remain in his roles as EVP general merchandise and replenishment, with Laura Phillips and Mark Samuels filling new positions. Phillips was named SVP toys, seasonal and network planning after previously serving as VP/DMM toys. Samuels was named VP planning, pricing and modular development. In another move, former Sam’s Club merchant Seong Ohm, who left briefly for a stint at Seiyu in Japan, was named SVP of the home, hardlines and entertainment global merchandising center. Phillips, Samuels and Ohm all report to Westling.
Jack Sinclair remains in his role as EVP food, with Steve Breen and Bruce Nelson promoted to new roles. Breen was named SVP snacks and drinks, and Nelson was named VP planning, pricing and modular development. All fresh and packaged grocery has been consolidated under the leadership of Pam Kohn, who will serve as SVP of the global food and consumables global merchandise center.
The softlines area will be led by Andy Barron, who was promoted to EVP after previously serving as SVP store merchandise execution. Reporting to Barron in new roles are Anne Marie Kehoe, VP planning, pricing and modular development, and Michelle Gloeckler as SVP merchandise execution.