Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C., and the city of Charlotte, N.C., have received the National League of Cities/Food Marketing Institute Neighborhood Partnership Award for promoting supermarket access in underserved communities. Food Lion and Charlotte won the award for the chain's store No. 635 in the city's Northwest Corridor. Before the store opened in December, residents had no local source of groceries, Food Lion reported. The store now serves more than 13,000 customers weekly.
Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., reported a 15.5% decline in operating cash flow to about $70.1 million from $83 million for the first quarter ended April 21. Sales in the quarter nearly doubled compared with year-ago results due to the addition of Food 4 Less Supermarkets.
Funeral services were held last month for
Roy Rockstad, 75, founder of Dan's Super Markets, Bismarck, N.D. He died from a heart attack in El-Delfin, Mazatlan, Mexico, where he lived part of the year. With partner Eugene "Bus" Leary, Rockstad opened his first store in Bismarck in 1949. When he retired in 1985, the firm had five stores in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. He also was the founder and former president of the North Dakota Grocers Association. Rockstad is survived by his wife, Geraldine; sons Terry and Tom Rockstad, who operate eight Dan's Super Markets; another son and two daughters; and nine grandchildren.