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Kroger’s Food 4 Less Workers Ratify New Contract

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Cincinnati, Employees of Kroger Co.’s Food 4 Less division in Southern California have ratified a new four-year contract, according to the Business Courier.

The pact covers more than 5,700 workers who are members of several UFCW locals. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed, but Kroger said the agreement included wage increases and “affordable, quality health-care benefits” for the employees and their families. It also said the deal “will help the division be more competitive in the marketplace.”

Kroger employees in the Cincinnati area this week authorized a strike and rejected a contract proposal covering 77 area Kroger stores and 11,000 workers.

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Susser Retail Chief Resigns

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Corpus Christi, Texas, Susser Holdings Corp. said Thursday that the head of its retail division will resign following its acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores, and will likely be replaced by Town & Country’s chief executive.

Roger Smith, COO of the retail division, will leave Susser once the acquisition closes, which the company expects to happen within the next few months. Susser expects that Alvin New, the CEO of Town & Country, will become chief executive of the division.

Smith had been retail COO for the last six years and was also an executive VP of Susser.

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Gap Names Banana Republic Head

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San Francisco, Gap announced Thursday that it has appointed Jack Calhoun as president of Banana Republic, effective immediately.

Calhoun has been serving as interim president since February when his predecessor, Marka Hansen, was appointed president of Gap North America. He will continue to report to Gap chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy.

Calhoun joined Banana Republic as executive VP of marketing in 2003.

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