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Visit Your Dollar Store For More Coupons, Sales – and Smokes

Visit Your Dollar Store For More Coupons, Sales – and Smokes

In an increasingly competitive market, what’s a dollar store to do, to stand out? How about offering more coupons, sales – and cigarettes? Dollar General this week spooked investors and pleased shoppers, by expressing concerns about its sales figures and saying it plans to ramp up promotions in order to boost business during the holidays. “Our performance over the Thanksgiving[Read More…]

December 14, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supermarkets Prepare for One Last Twinkie Stampede

Supermarkets Prepare for One Last Twinkie Stampede

If you still have a hankering for a Twinkie, and you don’t want to pay hundreds or thousands (or millions) of dollars to buy one on eBay, hope you’re in the Chicago area, or can get there fast. The local supermarket chain Jewel-Osco today begins selling what it says “is believed to be the final shipment of Twinkies in the[Read More…]

December 11, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.

No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.

If a recent debate over U.S. military commissaries is any indication, the future of the government-subsidized grocery stores is an emotional issue. Many leaped to the commissaries’ defense this week, and some worried their Commissary was effectively getting ready to hold a going-out-of-business sale. You can fault some of the coverage, that may have overly simplified a complex and nuanced[Read More…]

December 6, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
“Whole Foods Quality With Walmart Pricing” Doesn’t Quite Work Out

“Whole Foods Quality With Walmart Pricing” Doesn’t Quite Work Out

“Fresh & Easy”? More like Costly & Failing. The British owner of the California-based, no-frills grocery store chain says it may be time to pack it in. At a time when ALDI is taking the U.S. by storm, Fresh & Easy represented another foreign-owned small-format grocer when it arrived on U.S. shores five years ago. It expanded to about 200[Read More…]

December 6, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
U.S. Military’s Grocery Stores Come Under Fire

U.S. Military’s Grocery Stores Come Under Fire

(Dec. 6th update: Read the latest developments here: “No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.”) (Dec. 18th update: And read even more here: “Commissary Comments on Coupons, Customers – and Closing”) If U.S. service members want to save on their groceries, shouldn’t they just clip coupons and shop the sales like the rest of us? That’s the gist[Read More…]

December 4, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supermarkets Crave Store-Brand Twinkies

Supermarkets Crave Store-Brand Twinkies

Hostess may be no more, but what would you think about “Great Value Twinkies”? “Market Pantry Ding Dongs”? Or Kroger putting “Wonder Bread” labels on its store-brand bread? It could happen. As the snack maker goes through liquidation, and eager fans grab what few Hostess treats remain on supermarket shelves (read: “Twinkies Sell Like Hotcakes”), the company says there’s a[Read More…]

December 3, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Paying With Piles of Change? That’s What You Think.

Paying With Piles of Change? That’s What You Think.

If you’re saving up your pennies to buy the perfect holiday gift – be careful. Your local store may not take them. Portland, Oregon-based Fred Meyer found itself in the middle of a social media firestorm over the past 24 hours, after its Facebook fans reacted angrily to the story that a suburban Seattle woman shared last night: “My daughter[Read More…]

November 30, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Buy One, But Don’t Get One – Give One Instead!

Buy One, But Don’t Get One – Give One Instead!

Have you ever gotten two items in a “Buy One, Get One Free” sale, when you really only need one? Or, if you’re a little more extreme, let’s say you got 20 items and don’t have anywhere to put the other 20. Well, one supermarket chain has the answer, by giving the “GO” in “BOGO” a new meaning this holiday[Read More…]

November 29, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supermarkets Say: We’re Not Dead Yet

Supermarkets Say: We’re Not Dead Yet

For all the talk of big-box retailers, drug stores, specialty grocers and dollar stores gobbling up a bigger share of the grocery pie, don’t count out the nation’s largest traditional supermarket. Kroger says it’s doing just fine, thank you. Kroger today reported its latest quarterly earnings, beating analysts’ expectations. For the year, earnings are up about 3%. “Not a particularly[Read More…]

November 29, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Are Supermarkets Missing Out on the Holiday Shopping Frenzy?

Are Supermarkets Missing Out on the Holiday Shopping Frenzy?

Have you recovered from your Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping experiences yet? The spending frenzy can make grocery shopping seem downright mundane in comparison. But what if grocery stores got in on the action? A recent report by the coupon processing company Inmar says Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers are hungry for grocery store deals as well. 61%[Read More…]

November 27, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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