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Schnuck to open green stores in St. Louis area

BY CSA STAFF

St. Louis Schnuck Markets announced that two of its new stores in the St. Louis area will include green-building features.

The stores, in downtown St. Louis and the Des Peres area, will feature energy-efficient lighting and water-efficient plumbing fixtures and an energy-management system to control lighting, air conditioning, heating and refrigeration.

Last fall, the supermarket chain opened a prototype store in Newburgh, Ind., that was almost 50% larger than the one it replaced, but had the same utility costs.

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Tractor Supply turns a 1Q profit

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. Tractor Supply reported that first quarter net sales increased 12.8% to $650.2 million from $576.2 million in the prior year’s first quarter. Same-store sales increased 4.2%, compared with a 6.5% decrease in the prior-year period. According to the company, this same-store sales increase was primarily driven by the company’s core consumable categories, including animal and pet-related products.

Net income for the quarter was $0.5 million, or 1 cent per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, in the first quarter of the prior year.

Jim Wright, chairman and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have generated a double-digit top-line increase while improving gross margin and profitability in a challenging macro environment. We experienced a very strong increase in comp transaction count as customers continue to view Tractor Supply Company as a destination for serving their rural lifestyle needs. At the same time, we benefited from our disciplined operational management, as reflected by our inventory productivity improvements and expense leverage for the quarter.”

The company confirmed its fiscal 2009 expectations for net sales to range from $3.2 billion to $3.3 billion, same-store sales to range from a decline of approximately 1.5% to an increase of approximately 1.5%, and net income to range from $2.58 to $2.74 per diluted share.

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Talbots creates CIO position

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HINGHAM, Mass. The Talbots announced that it has named John Kovac SVP and chief information officer. In this newly created position, Kovac will oversee the company’s information technology initiatives.

With more than 15 years of expertise in information technology and supply chain operations, Kovac joins Talbots from Liz Claiborne, where he held various leadership roles including interim chief information officer, vp systems and operations, and vp information technology.

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