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Schimenti expands headquarters

BY Staff Writer

Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction announced it has completed an expansion of its company headquarters in Ridgefield, Conn., doubling the size of the space from 10,000 sq. ft. to 20,000 sq. ft.

The expansion also includes a redesign of the main floor with the creation of a new reception area. A new executive conference room has been added on the first floor, as well as new waiting areas on both floors. A training space has been incorporated into the new design and a new employee café features a Starbucks coffee bar.

The company said it is also in the process of relocating and expanding its New York City location and expects to have new, larger offices completed in early 2013.

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Tesco set to sell or close all Fresh & Easy stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

London — Tesco CEO Philip Clarke announced Wednesday that the British supermarket retailer will likely sell or close its entire U.S. presence, which means that 199 Fresh & Easy stores could be shuttered or sold off.

According to multiple reports, Tesco is close to making the decision after five unprofitable years in the U.S. The retailer launched the concept in 2007, confident there was a niche for a grocery store with fresh food offerings formatted in a unique footprint that was smaller than a typical supermarket but larger than a c-store.

"It’s likely, but not certain, that our presence in America will come to an end," Philip Clarke, CEO, said. "This is a very major change for the business." Clarke said the U.S. exit would allow the company to refocus on its global portfolio.

Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason has resigned the company after 30 years; Mason is the son-in-law of former Tesco CEO Ian MacLaurin.

Tesco – the world’s No. 3 retailer – said it has appointed investment bank Greenhill & Co. to conduct a strategic review of the Fresh & Easy chain that could lead to the sale or closure of the near-200 stores.

Tesco, which trails France’s Carrefour and U.S. leader Wal-Mart by annual sales, said it had had a number of approaches from parties interested in acquiring either all or part of Fresh & Easy, or in partnering with the firm.

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Candy merchants get sweet reward

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, DC — Merchants at CVS, Smart & Final and Meijer have been named recipients of the 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards by the National Confectioners Association.

The awards celebrate contributions made by recipients through their effective business collaboration, category management best practices and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store. This year’s recipients include Julie Bischoff, senior category manager at Smart & Final; Kimberley Felice-Dooley, senior category manager at CVS Caremark and AJ Jesswanin, category merchant for candy and commercial bakery at Meijer.

“This award program was designed to acknowledge those trade customers who serve as role models for other retailers and wholesalers,” says NCA president Larry Graham. “It recognizes individuals who use their experience to encourage visionary thinking and to drive the entire confectionery category forward.”

NCA, in collaboration with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine, created the awards program in 2011 to recognize and honor the confectionery industry’s best and most innovative category champions and leaders. The program allows NCA manufacturers and brokers to recognize these outstanding retailers and wholesalers in the confectionery community for their effective customer marketing, shopper-driven shelving practices and promotion of new items.

Bischoff, Felice-Dooley and Jesswani are scheduled to receive their awards in Miami at NCA’s annual State of the Industry Conference on February 25, 2013.

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