D&W to Switch Over to Spartan
Grand Rapids, Mich., Sixteen family-owned D&W Food Stores reportedly plan to switch over to corporate-owned Spartan Stores. Ten of those stores will reopen later this week, but four West Michigan D&W locations will permanently close. The move is part of a reorganization plan released in December by Spartan Stores when it announced it was buying D&W. The transfer of prescription drug records in the involved stores led to a controversy. Some D&W customers who are upset about the move believe they should have been notified and given the chance to transfer their records to a pharmacy of their choice.
Duckwall-ALCO Names New VP, COO
Abilene, Kan., Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. named Michael S. Marcus as VP and COO. Marcus, who joined the company in 2004 as a financial planning manager, has 17 years experience in the retail industry. He most recently served as VP and CFO for Weiner’s Stores, Inc. in Houston. Marcus will replace David W. Mills, who said he would be leaving the company to devote his time to his farming interests.
Hart Stores Inc. Announces New Board of Director Member
Montreal, Hart Stores Inc. announced that J. Pierre Brunet, Ph.D., has joined its board of directors.
Brunet is currently a member of a number of advisory boards and chairman of the board’s PEAK Financial Group Inc., in charge of managing strategic growth and organization issues. The company also announced that as part of its focused expansion plan it would open two new stores in Ontario by the end of March 2006.