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Value still resonates at 99 Cents Only

BY Gail Hoffer

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Sales at 99 Cents Only Stores rose 10.6% to $403.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 over sales of $365.4 milllion for the same quarter last year.

The company’s overall same-store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 8.5%. The number of same-store-sales transactions increased 5.6% and the average transaction size increased to $9.86 from $9.59.

99 Cents Only CEO Eric Schiffer said, "We are pleased to report that we achieved 8.5% same-store sales growth in the third quarter, which was above our expected range of mid-single-digit comparable sales."

During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the company opened one store in California, two in Arizona and one in Texas. The gross and saleable retail square footage at the end of the third quarter were 6.19 million and 4.87 million, respectively. This represents an increase of 4% and 4.1% of gross and saleable square footage, respectively, based on 292 stores.

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U.S. Nonwovens seeks to market Dual Pod technology

BY Allison Cerra

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — U.S. Nonwovens is looking to market its Dual Pod technology for consumer packaged goods companies that operate or are looking to operate in the cleaning/laundry category.

The company said it is in "high-level discussions" with global CPG companies in efforts to license and/or sell USN’s newly granted patents. Procter & Gamble is the is the only other company aside from USN to market such technology, particularly in its Tide and Cascade brands, the company noted.

"Dual Pods are highly effective, user friendly and convenient," USN COO Rody Mehdizadeh said. "Global CPG powerhouses must innovate convenience at a value now, in efforts to curb the down trend."

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Delhaize America to retire Bloom banner, shutter 126 stores

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — The U.S. division of Delhaize Group is looking to strengthen its position in the market by retiring one of its supermarket banners and closing several underperforming stores.

Delhaize America announced that it will retire its Bloom banner, which operates stores in Virginia and Maryland. Additionally, Delhaize America will close 126 underperforming stores, including 113 stores under the Food Lion banner, seven stores under the Bloom banner and six under the Bottom Dollar Food banner.

As a result, 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia will be converted to Food Lion stores, while one Food Lion store in Florida will be converted to Delhaize America’s Harveys banner.

All affected stores will close within 30 days, while store conversions will begin immediately. After these conversions are complete, Food Lion will operate 1,127 stores across 10 states and accelerate the rollout of the Food Lion brand strategy in an additional 600 to 700 stores.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Delhaize America will open 14 Bottom Dollar Food stores in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, by the end of the first quarter, and expects to open another 10 to 15 stores by year-end in its new markets.

"Today’s actions will continue to solidify our U.S. operations and enable our company to focus on our successful brand strategy repositioning at Food Lion and the expansion of Bottom Dollar Food in new markets," Delhaize America CEO Ron Hodge said. "While these were difficult decisions given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, we believe these actions will enable us to better serve our customers in our markets with high density, while positioning the company for future growth."

Food Lion president Cathy Green Burns said that the banner is "focused on repositioning [our business] for future growth."

"By closing underperforming stores, we will continue to position Food Lion for success, especially in light of our brand strategy results," she said. "We are very pleased with the reaction from our customers on the implementation of our new brand strategy work, which includes being recognized as a price leader, making our stores easier to shop, offering the greatest value in private brands and providing fresh produce. However, we also determined the most successful markets for these investments are areas where we have strong store density or high market share. As we move forward with implementing our strategy this year, Food Lion will launch its next market this quarter and expects to be substantially complete by year-end. We look forward to accelerating the Food Lion strategy and bringing the strategy to life in an additional 600 to 700 stores."

In related news, Delhaize America also will discontinue operations of its distribution center located in Clinton, Tenn.

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m.dawson says:
Aug-15-2013 02:52 am

They need to have unique strategical campaign so it will not happen to other store. Perhaps they are lacking of marketing ideas which resulted to this. We have also small businesses and we thought of closing it but we still choose to have one chance and contacted canvas prints san francisco for our marketing plan. Fortunately, we did a right choice.

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