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Aldi Ventures into French City Centres

Breaking-free from its suburban habitat, Aldi Nord is to open stores in major French city centres. The retailer has reportedly already opened a 1,400 sq m store in Nice (Southern France), as well as its first retail outlet in the French capital city, Paris.
Topics: Aldi

ATB Targets 1,000 Stores by 2018

Ukrainian market leader ATB has disclosed plans to expand its network of discount-oriented supermarkets to 1,000 outlets by the end of 2018. The retailer plans to extend its footprint in the Western parts of the country, in Kiev and in the Odessa region, where to date it only operates a smaller number of shops.
Topics: Fozzy Group ATB

Migros Invests in Start-up for Refrigerated Lockers

Swiss Migros has invested in the German start-up company Emmasbox, which offers cooled boxes for click & collect of food ordered online, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. The company offers refrigerated lockers as white label solutions to customers from retail and logistics.
Topics: Migros

Billa Gets New Head

Elke Wilgmann has been appointed as a new member of the management board of Billa, Rewe Group’s supermarket division in Austria, effective February 2018. Wilgmann will be responsible for Marketing, Internal Communications, Digital & Innovations and Analytics & CRM.
Topics: Rewe Group

Aldi Nord Extends CEO Contract

Aldi Nord has extended its contract with Dr Marc Heußinger as the group’s CEO. The discount retailer has confirmed that Heußinger, who became head of the privately-owned company in 2011, will remain in situ for at least another five years.
Topics: Aldi

Alibaba Invests in Auchan's Chinese JV

Chinese online giant Alibaba Group will invest some HKD22.4bn (EUR 2.6bn) to take a major stake in Sun Art Retail Group Limited, Auchan's joint venture in China. Both retail giants announced the move that "brings together their online and offline expertise to explore new retail opportunities in China’s food retail sector".
Topics: Auchan

Spar to Double Store Count in Albania

Spar in Albania plans to double its store network by the end of 2017. After the initial store base was converted from more than a dozen Carrefour shops to Spar’s banners in 2016, this year’s additions were supported by the opening of individual franchisees’ as well as fully-owned stores.
Topics: Spar Albania

Kesko Launches Health & Beauty Banner

Kesko has now unveiled plans for its new health & beauty joint venture with Finnish Oriola-KD. The first stores of the new chain called Hehku (meaning Glow) are to be launched in January next year.
Topics: Kesko

Spar Poland Reaches One Billion Złotych Revenue

Spar Poland has already reached its 2017 revenue targets and will exceed the billion Złotych threshold by the end of the year. Within the next four years Spar aims to increase its store count from 252 stores currently to 400.

Whole Foods Market Gives Deeper Discounts to Amazon Prime Members

Amazon has announced that it is reducing the prices on best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at its stores ahead of Thanksgiving – and Amazon Prime members will receive even deeper discounts than regular customers.