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• The Indianapolis Star reports that "in the latest salvo in central Indiana’s increasingly aggressive grocery wars, Kroger said Wednesday it will build 11 new stores in the Indianapolis area and expand or remodel 22 others in a massive growth plan that will cost $465 million. The expansion will create 3,440 permanent jobs, as well as construction jobs in the interim.

"The expansion signals an attempt by the Cincinnati-based grocer to widen its leading market share in the Indianapolis area even as new competitors such as Fresh Thyme are moving in."


• The Houston Business Journal reports that "just a few months after its parent company was sold, Houston-based Fiesta Mart LLC has now been acquired.

"Washington, D.C.-based international private equity investment firm Acon Investments LLC acquired the 43-year-old grocery store chain from the Levit family, the companies said April 29. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed."

The story also says that Acon has hired Michael Byars - most recently president/CEO of Bi-Lo and previously president/CEO of Minyard Food Stores - to be president/CEO of Fiesta.


• The Los Angeles Times reports that the "El Super supermarket chain is facing a complaint from the National Labor Relations Board accusing the grocer of preventing its workers from advocating for their rights and refusing to bargain with unions."

According to the story, the complaint alleges that El Super "interfered, restrained and coerced employees participating in a boycott after the chain failed to agree on a contract with the local United Food and Commercial Workers union ... The union represents about 600 El Super workers at seven stores in Southern California. The UFCW said that the supermarket has refused to negotiate with the union for more than a year, and that El Super employees have been working without a union contract since September 2013."


• The Bismarck Tribune reports that SpartanNash Company is buying the six-store Dan's Supermarket chain, which has operated in the area for six decades. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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