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Save-A-Lot opens new distribution center in south Florida

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS — Supervalu’s Save-A-Lot division on Tuesday announced plans for a new 250,374-sq.-ft. food distribution center in Pompano Beach, Fla. The center is expected to open by the end of fiscal year 2013, which ends Feb. 23, 2013. 

“With this project, we continue to reinvest in the Save-A-Lot distribution model as part of our ongoing commitment to the brand and positioning for overall growth of the hard discount model,” stated Santiago Roces, Save-A-Lot president and CEO. “We chose south Florida for our new distribution center because of its excellent business climate, central location and industrious workforce. For the state of Florida and the surrounding region, it means economic growth and jobs. I believe this will be a wonderful partnership for Save-A-Lot, Pompano Beach and the south Florida region.”


Save-A-Lot operates more than 1,300 stores in 39 states, and has identified plans to double the number of stores it operates nationally. Currently, there are 139 Save-A-Lot stores in Florida. The new distribution center will help support the company’s growth plans in Southern Florida and the surrounding area, which the company has identified as a key region for development.

The new center will help Save-A-Lot supply its growing network of grocery stores. The stores carry approximately 1,200 to 1,500 SKUs.

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Reports: Wash. liquor prices appear to rise after privatization

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Some people in Washington state may be having "buyer’s remorse" over the privatization of liquor sales there, which took effect last week, according to published reports.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that — according to an "informal, unscientific" reader survey — liquor prices for 13-of-the-20 most popular brands had increased, and 90-of-170 prices reported were higher than in the old state-owned liquor stores, compared with 82 that were lower. The newspaper reported that the findings were "challenging the basic idea that competition leads to lower prices."

In November, voters in Washington passed a referendum, Initiative 1183, to convert Washington from a "control state" — in which liquor sales were restricted to state-owned stores — to a "license state," in which any retailer with a minimum amount of floor space could obtain a license to sell liquor. The referendum received heavy sponsorship from Costco Wholesale and other retailers, and the Seattle Times reported that more than 1,600 retailers, including supermarkets and retail pharmacies, had applied for licenses. Most states are license states, but a handful — such as Utah and Pennsylvania — remain control states.

One possible explanation for the price increase, according to the newspaper, was the 17% fee on retailers and the 10% fee on distributors, the latter of which will decrease to 5% after two years. Taxes — including a 20.5% spirits sales tax and a $3.77 liter tax — that had been included on price tags at the liquor stores but not at private retailers, were another possible factor.

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Sentiment about in-store, online, mobile shopping varies, Nielsen finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Consumers’ preference to shop in stores, online or via mobile can depend on such factors as reliability, convenience and safety, according to recent Nielsen research.

Online purchasing was rated the overall favorite by 59% of respondents surveyed and also was considered easiest and most convenient way to shop (both 68%). On the other hand, in-store shopping was considered the most reliable and safest option (69% and 77%, respectively) when compared with online and mobile shopping.

Nielsen also noted that as a retail channel, mobile has yet to gain broad acceptance; however, it ranked second in the most convenient and easiest categories when it came to purchase preference (38% and 27%, respectively).

Related Nielsen research regarding consumer shopping behaviors can be found here and here.

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