Wegmans Food Markets was recognized by Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine as one of the top workplaces for women. Wegmans came in at No. 7 on the list of 100 companies, and grocery players Publix Super Markets and Nugget Markets were ranked at No. 39 and No. 95, respectively.
Rouses Supermarkets will build two new stores in southwest Louisiana, which are slated to open next year. The stores being built in Sulphur and Moss Bluff, La., mark the retailer's furthest move west in the US, and will bring Rouses' store count to 58.
ShopRite dominates New Jersey's grocery market with 139 stores, and Acme, Stop & Shop, Target and ALDI also have a strong presence in the state. But emerging players including Whole Foods Market 365, Weis Markets, Wegmans, Lidl and Trader Joe's are poised to gain ground as they open more stores in the Garden State.
Retailers are experimenting with different online grocery shopping models to discover whether their customers prefer delivery or some version of click-and-collect. Food retailers including Costco, Safeway and Target have partnered with Instacart for home delivery in some markets, while others including Walmart are expanding in-store pickup and other e-commerce options.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a revised version of Walgreens' bid to acquire Rite Aid stores. Under the deal, Walgreens will pay $4.38 billion for 1,932 locations, giving the company about 10,000 stores in the US.
Many Houston-area grocers have already reopened stores that were closed due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, but it will still be months before some locations will be able to reopen. H-E-B said it will need months to fix flooded stores in the city's Meyerland and Kingwood neighborhoods, with repairs including replacing lost equipment; Kroger said it will reopen two flooded locations within three months; and Fiesta Mart still has no timeline for reopening a store near the Addicks Reservoir.
Amazon continues to quietly expand into the thorny world of alcohol delivery, offering the service in 12 US markets. In some of those markets, customers can order alcohol delivery through Amazon's Alexa device.
Baileys is launching its first vegan product this fall, Baileys Almande, which uses almond milk instead of dairy. For now the liqueur, featuring almond milk, almond essence and vanilla, will be available only at Whole Foods Market in the UK.
Restaurants in Houston are taking their time ordering restocks of alcohol after Hurricane Harvey, and that is leaving distributors with plenty of fall inventory piled up. With restaurants short on cash, managers are making sure not to order more stock than they can pay for within 14 days as per Texas regulations.
Sales continue to be strong of marijuana-infused wines in California, the only state in which such wine is legally made. To make it, a pound of marijuana is put in a barrel of wine for about a year to repose while the wine ferments.
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