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Fresh & Easy to enter Northern California

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El Segundo, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced plans to open eight stores in Northern California in early 2011.

The stores, located in the San Francisco Bay Area and Modesto, will be Fresh & Easy’s first north of Fresno.

Fresh & Easy first opened in Southern California in November 2007, and has steadily expanded in the state since, moving into Bakersfield in December 2008 and Fresno earlier this year. Next month, Fresh & Easy will open nine stores in California, including the grocer’s 100th store in the state.

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Hibbett reports strong quarter, raises FY guidance

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Hibbett Sports reported that net sales for the 13-week period ended July 31, increased 13.6% to $139.8 million compared with $123.1 million for the 13-week period ended Aug. 1, 2009. Comparable-store sales increased 11.9%, making it the second straight quarter the company has produced double-digit comparable-store sales growth. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 increased 261.9% to $4million compared with $1.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Earnings per diluted share increased 257% to 14 cents compared with 4 cents for the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

Net sales for the 26-week period ended July 31, 2010, increased 15.5% to $324.3 million compared with $280.8 million for the 26-week period ended Aug. 1, 2009. Comparable-store sales increased 13.4%. Net income for the 26-week period ended July 31, was $21.4 million compared with $12 million for the 26-week period ended Aug. 1, 2009. Earnings per diluted share increased 75% to 73 cents compared with 41 cents for the 26-week period ended Aug. 1, 2009.

 

Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO, stated, “This was a tremendous first half of the year for Hibbett with earnings already equaling what we achieved in the first three quarters last year. Based on our strong second quarter and year-to-date performance, coupled with continuing strong comparable store sales trends into the third quarter, we are raising our expectation for fiscal 2011.”

 

The company increased its earnings guidance for fiscal 2011 to a range of $1.45 to $1.55 per diluted share based on a mid- to high-single-digit increase in comparable-store sales in the second half of the year.

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Whole Foods launches wellness app

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AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market announced that its Missions App is available on the App store. As a part of the company’s ongoing mission to promote wellness and encourage healthier lifestyles, the Whole Foods Market Missions App will help users eat better and live better, the company reported.

The app provides users with more than 70 challenges, or “missions,” that they can engage in to earn badges and share their progress with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email, Whole Foods reported. The app also provides tips on on nutrition, food selection, storage and cooking as well as a store locator.

“At Whole Foods Market our shoppers often come to us for advice on how to take charge of their health,” said Chad Sarno, global “Health Starts Here” culinary educator for Whole Foods Market. “The Missions App helps iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users incorporate healthy foods, exercise, and more through simple, everyday steps.”

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