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Save-A-Lot aligns with Hispanic operator to open Houston, South Texas stores

BY CSA STAFF

St. Louis Grocery operator Save-A-Lot said Wednesday it has joined with Hispanic grocery operator Rafael Ortega to form a new company, Adventure Supermarkets LLC.

Save-A-Lot, a division of SuperValu, under the new entity will own and operate six former Save-A-Lot stores in the Houston and South Texas markets under a co-branded format, “El Ahorro Save-A-Lot.”

“We are always looking for innovative opportunities to bring the Save-A-Lot brand to local communities, and we think this affiliation best enables us to serve the Hispanic community in this area,” said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO. “This relationship is a new business model for the company.”

The move will combine Ortega’s local insights with the Save-A-Lot network of stores and exclusive-label expertise to provide tailored products and services and position the Save-A-Lot brand for growth, added Shaner.

Ortega currently owns and operates 15 El Ahorro Supermarkets and almost 100 La Michoacana Meat Markets.

The six stores, which are located in Brownsville (one store), Victoria (one store), Harlingen (one store) and Houston (three stores), Texas, began operating under the new co-branded name, “El Ahorro Save-A-Lot,” at the end of May.

 

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Target offering ‘Black Friday’ deals in the summer

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MINNEAPOLIS Target has become the latest retailer to offer “holiday season” deals in the summer. The company announced that it will offer its first-ever “Back in Black Friday” sale on Target.com on July 23. The exclusive online-only sale will begin at approximately 12:00 a.m. (PDT) and conclude at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Target.com/BlackFriday.

“At Target.com, we are committed to offering our guests tremendous value every day.  With our first-ever Back in Black Friday, guests will find incredible bargains before the holiday season with the added convenience of online shopping,” said Steve Eastman, president Target.com.

According to the company, the online-only sale will offer an average of a 40% off regular prices on must-have items across all categories, including apparel, electronics, toys, housewares, movies, music, books and more. 

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TJX to bring Marshalls to Canada

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. TJX Companies announced plans to bring Marshalls to Canada. The company anticipates that the first Canadian Marshalls stores will open in the spring of 2011. Marshalls will become TJX Canada’s fourth off-price retail division, along with its other banners Winners, HomeSense and STYLESENSE.

Carol Meyrowitz, president and CEO of The TJX Companies, stated, “I am delighted to announce that we are bringing our Marshalls chain to TJX Canada, where we have our highest financial returns, with the planned opening of six stores in 2011. Canada has been a very successful market for TJX since we first entered in 1990, and we are excited to continue growing our Canadian business. We believe Marshalls will offer Canadians yet another avenue to great brands, great fashions and excellent values for the entire family. This is another example of our emphasis on international expansion, and we believe that Marshalls will be extremely well received in Canada. Ultimately, we estimate the Canadian market can support 90 to 100 stores.”

Marshalls in Canada will be managed by TJX Canada, the operating group managing Winners, acquired in 1990, HomeSense, launched in 2001, and STYLESENSE, launched in 2008. Operations, distribution and management will be leveraged from the existing organization. The company said it is not yet ready to announce specific locations for the initial stores.

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