Private Label Buyer

Bits and Pieces

February 3, 2009

  • Schnuck Markets Inc., based in suburban St. Louis, officially broke ground on a new concept store in St. Louis. According to a story in the Jan. 28 St. Louis Business Journal, the concept store, called Culinaria - A Schnucks Market, is half the size of a typical Schnucks store, but will be known for its services (including valet and delivery) and products bearing the Culinaria name.

  • Wal-Mart Canada, Mississauga, Ontario, announced plans last week to roll out a private label program aimed at the eco-centric buyer. The program, called “For the Greener Good,” includes products flagged on-package as eco-friendly. In related news, the new CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., will continue to promote other green programs, according to a Jan. 26 Reuters news report released ahead of Mike Duke’s succession of former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott.

  • What’s in a name? Perhaps some insight into the mindset of the customer base at the St. Louis-based Save-A-Lot chain. The store announced last week that it is asking customers if its private label carbonated cola should retain the current name - Bubba Cola - or get a new one. Consumers can vote - and comment - on the company’s Web site.

  • A new dedicated gluten-free store opened in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Called Simply Gluten Free, the store showcased its gluten-free merchandise and provided information about gluten-free products from organizations such as the Celiac Disease Foundation and Raising Our Celiac Kids (ROCK) group during a grand opening celebration held Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

  • Harris Teeter, Matthews, N.C., announced last week that it is scaling back plans for store openings and renovations for this year and the following year because of the harsh economy.

  • Minneapolis-headquartered Target Corp. is likewise putting growth plans on hold, along with pay raises for senior executives, according to company President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who was quoted in an Associated Press story on Jan. 28.