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Delhaize-owned Hannaford Supermarkets will announce today that, effective immediately,, it is renaming its Store Manager of the Year Award will be renamed as the Ronald C. Hodge Retailer of the Year Award.

Hodge, as has been noted here, is retiring from Delhaize America after a long career with the company, most of it with Hannaford as a store manager and, eventually, CEO. In her comments about the change, current Hannaford chief Beth Newlands Campbell noted that Hodge's great gift "was instilling in people the confidence to achieve far beyond what they thought they could," had "a unique way of making associates feel valued and cared about and supported," and understood that store managers were the lifeblood of the business.

"Great store managers lead," she said. "They listen. They coach. They inspire. And day after day, year after year, they overcome challenges to succeed."

All of those qualities describe Hodge, one of the best guys in the business. And I'm happy to second the comments made by beth Newlands Campbell.

• The Press of Atlantic City reports that Safeway has decided to shut down two of its remaining Genuardi's supermarkets, in Egg Harbor and Barnegat, New Jersey. The move leaves Safeway with just two remaining Genuardi's, in Marlton, N.J. and in Audubon, Pa.

Love the comment from one consumer interviewed by the paper, who doesn't know where he'll shop but sees a possible upside: "Maybe we'll get a Wegmans now," he says.

• The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Target has made a deal to sell its consumer credit card business to TD Bank Group. The search for a buyer took almost two years.

The story indicates that Target "said the sale price is equal to the gross value of the outstanding receivables at the time of closing. Target's portfolio currently has a gross value of about $5.9 billion."

• The Boston Globe reports that greeting card retailers will need to make room for yet another section, as the Life Is Good t-shirt company - known for having a do-good approach to business - has signed a deal with Hallmark to create a new line of cards. According to the story, "The partnership will bring 'Life is good' T-shirts, other apparel, and accessories into Hallmark’s distribution network."

Bert Jacobs, chief executive optimist and co-founder at Life Is Good, gave a memorable keynote speech at this year's Food Marketing Institute show in Dallas. For some of MNB's coverage of his retail-oriented comments, click here.

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and United Fresh Produce Association yesterday announced the co-location of their 2014 conventions, June 10-13 in Chicago. The reunion of FMI and United Fresh follows the successful 2012 co-location in Dallas, which attracted more than 14,000 attendees and featured 2,800 exhibits covering one million square feet.
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