West Marine opens Chicago flagship April 23
Chicago – West Marine will open a new 20,000-sq.-ft. flagship Midwest store on North Halsted Street in Chicago on April 23. The new Chicago store is located just off the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River that wraps around Goose Island.
In addition to core boating equipment such as maintenance supplies, sailboat hardware, trailer supplies and an engine parts counter, the store will have marine electronics units on display for mariners to touch and test. It will also sell men's and women's shoes and apparel, weatherproof gear, kayaks and paddleboards.
The new store will also serve as the company's Midwest hub for Port Supply, the wholesale division of West Marine. The Port Supply hub will serve as resource for marine businesses including professional boat builders, boat yards, boat dealers and governmental agencies.
Report: Costco banned from importing fish to Canada
Toronto – Costco Canada has reportedly had its license to import fish into Canada suspended. According to Reuters, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency suspended Costco’s license to import fish on Feb. 26, but is only making it public now.
No fish products sold at Costco are being recalled, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) determined Costco violated regulations for bringing fish into Canada. The suspension of the license came after Costco had three incidents in two years regarding canned tuna. The incidents involved requirements for written notification of each shipment of fish to an inspector either before or within 48 hours of importing the products, and moving fish without permission.
Costco has not yet commented publicly.
Inserra Supermarkets names Ahold vet as new president/COO
Mahwah, N.J. – Inserra Supermarkets has named Ron Onorato as its new president and COO. Onorato takes over the role as Steve Chalas retires from the Inserra after a more than 50-year career.
Onorato brings more than 35 years of industry experience to his new role at Inserra. Previously, Onorato served as the senior VP of operational initiatives of Ahold USA, and as the president of the New York division of Stop & Shop.
Inserra Supermarkets owns and operates 21 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey and New York.