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D&W leads comps at SpartanNash banners

D&W Fresh Market continues to lead SpartanNash banners for comparable store sales.

While SpartanNash’s banners overall had 0.4% comparable store sales, excluding fuel, for the third fiscal quarter that ended Oct. 4, D&W’s comparable store sales were 1.7%, the company said last week.

Four Walmart Supercenters in D&W’s West Michigan market probably took away from D&W’s sales, SpartanNash CEO Dennis Eidson said in a conference call, but added that he remained optimistic about D&W’s future performance.


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“D&W, as we look forward, I would suggest will continue to be the best comping brand we have,” Eidson said in a call to investors.

SpartanNash expects positive comparative store sales for the overall retail segment in the fourth quarter, which Eidson said was off to a strong start.

Also, by the end of the fiscal year, the company anticipates rolling out a total of 300 new private label products in its wholesale and retail businesses.

The company also announced 2015 plans to:

• Continue to remodel and rebanner stores at the same rates as it has in the North Dakota market with six Family Fare stores, and roll out merchandising prorgrams used there to the western markets. 

• Develop a Shopper Marketing platform using email, social media and digital coupons.

SpartanNash operates 165 supermarkets and 30 fuel centers. 

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