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Supervalu launches ‘Simply Good Meals’

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS A supermarket operator has launched a way for customers to plan complete meals while in the store.

Earlier this week, Supervalu unveiled Simply Good Meals, branded destinations within its stores where consumers can find easy-to-make meals in one spot. The program brings together all the components needed for the meal.

The program is offered at Supervalu’s Acme, Albertsons, Bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy banners.

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Wegmans receives Global Innovator Award

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans was the recipient of the International Housewares Association’s 2009 Global Innovator Award, the grocer announced Wednesday.

“Anticipating customer needs and being on target takes collaboration across our entire company,” stated Wegmans’ president Colleen Wegman. “Congratulations to all our exceptional merchants and our stores for such a terrific accomplishment.”

Wegmans was chosen as the winner for the U.S. market in the category of multi-store retailers. Previous U.S. honorees include Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel, Target, and The Container Store.

Heather Pawlowski, Wegmans’ VP general merchandise, accepted the award on Wegmans’ behalf.

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Shopko appoints new CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. A mass-merchandising chain with stores in 13 states has appointed a new CEO.

Shopko announced Wednesday that it appointed W. Paul Jones to the position after the present CEO, Michael MacDonald, announced that he would leave the company April 3. Jones, who has worked for Shopko since November 2007 and has worked in retailing for 20 years, is the president and chief merchandising officer and will assume his new position April 6.

“I want to thank Scott King and Sun Capital for the opportunity to lead this company going forward,” Jones stated. “Shopko is blessed with many assets and many more opportunities.”

Prior to working for Shopko, Jones had leadership positions in several department stores, mid-tier chain stores and mass merchandisers, including May Department Stores, Kohl’s and Sears.

“We appreciate the foundation Mike MacDonald has laid for Shopko’s future growth,” said T. Scott King, senior managing director of Shopko parent company Sun Capital. “We are also ecstatic to have a creative merchant and strong leader like Paul Jones to lead Shopko’s talented management team in the years to come.”

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