German Retailer Lidl Planning U.S. Debut
New York City Lidl, a German deep-discount food retailer comparable to Aldi but a little more upscale and brand-oriented, is making plans to enter the United States.
According to Schwarz Group CEO, Klaus Gehrig, the company plans to enter the U.S. market with its Lidl banner by 2012 at the latest. Gehrig also confirmed that the next foreign market Lidl wants to enter is Switzerland.
Gehrig said the company also is pursuing a 1,000-store opening initiative in Germany, one that would bring it to 4,000 locations.
Lidl does about $79 billion annually in sales and potentially could be a force in U.S. value retailing.
Stop & Shop joins MyPyramid to promote healthy eating
QUINCY, Mass. Stop & Shop said it has joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of “Partnering with MyPyramid: Corporate Challenge,” to encourage consumers to shop for healthy foods and live a healthy lifestyle.
“At Stop & Shop, we readily accept the challenge to help our customers live a healthy lifestyle because the supermarket plays an important role in providing healthful food choices, said consumer advisor, Andrea Astrachan. “Because millions of customers shop our stores weekly, we have a unique opportunity to share the core messages of MyPyramid right where purchasing decisions are made.”
The company will provide key messages to customers such as “Vary Your Veggies” and “Make Half Your Grains Whole, as well as encourage customers to use the new interactive tools on MyPyramid.gov such as the MyPyramid Menu Planner and MyPyramid to plan menus and track their daily intake.
Supervalu to eliminate some corporate jobs
MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu said it will eliminate more than 100 jobs at its corporate offices in Minneapolis and Boise over the next 12-18 months as it switches to a third-party provider for some of its financial services.
In a statement, Supervalu said the decision was made “after months of careful analysis as part of our ongoing efforts to improve operational efficiencies and enhance our competitiveness.” Supervalu did not identify the third party provider in its statement.