Whole Foods Forced to Close N.Y.C. Wine Store
New York City, Whole Foods has been forced by New York state liquor officials to stop selling wine in its flagship store on Columbus Circle in Manhattan, according to a report in the New York Times. The state contended that the grocer violated a law which requires that wine and liquor stores must have a separate, street level entrance and also cannot sell food. Located on the lower level of the Time Warner Center, the Whole Foods lacked a street level entrance, and, of course, sells food. Whole Foods, which has surrendered its liquor license, is paying a $5,000 fine and selling off its stock. Pleading no contest to the charges, the grocer said the store has not changed since it was presented to state officials when it applied for a liquor license.
The newspaper report indicated that local liquor stores may have put pressure on state officials to take action on Whole Foods. When the grocer opens a separate liquor store near its new downtown Manhattan location, local retailers are also expected to protest, according to the report.
Sports Authority Income Up in 1Q
Englewood, Calif., The Sports Authority said its net income for the first quarter was $8 million, or 30? per share, compared with $4.2 million, or 16? per share, including merger integration costs of $5.2 million, in the prior year’s first quarter.
Total sales for the quarter increased 3.4% to $591.2 million from $572 million in the year-ago period. Same-store sales rose 1.8%.
“We were pleased with our top-line performance during the quarter, primarily driven by our strength in footwear, apparel and certain hard-goods categories,” said Doug Martin, CEO.
The company expects to open approximately 14 stores, relocate four stores and close six locations during the year.