Room to grow
From A (Acme and Aldi) to W (Walmart and Whole Foods), SN profiles 10 retailers, brands and banners for this year’s Growth List.
Introductory article: Casting larger shadows
Dollar General marches on
Kroger has undertaken several growth concepts recently, from acquisitions of two regional chains to emerging concepts like Main & Vine, Ruler Foods and Lucky’s Market.
Related story: Kroger on a multi-front surge for great share
Save-A-Lot action plan
With 75 new stores, an IPO and merchandising changes on the docket, Save-A-Lot is “a growth company and a growth sector,” officials say.
Related story: Save-A-Lot eyeing new era for growth
Sprouts goes East
Sprouts Farmers Market continues in aggressive growth mode — with 36 new stores planned this year — spreading out from its Southwest roots across the lower half of the U.S. all the way to Atlanta.
Related story: Sprouts builds momentum in the Southeast
Whole Foods plus 365
Whole Foods expects to open at least six of its new 365 stores, but is the concept a foolish risk or a promising growth vehicle?
Related Story: All eyes on Whole Foods’ 365