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Ex-PetSmart CEO Named Interim CEO at GNC “Before joining PetSmart in 1999, (Robert) Moran was President of Toys “R” Us Canada following various executive positions across finance and merchandising with Sears, Roebuck & Company, including as President and CEO of Sears de Mexico.” Press release


Smart & Final Q2 Comp Sales -0.3% “Comparable store sales for the Smart & Final banner decreased 0.6% in the second quarter…Comparable store sales for the Cash & Carry banner increased 0.4% in the second quarter.” Press release


Honolulu: Costco notifies 2,700 customers of possible Hepatitis A exposure by Catherine Cruz at KITV 4 ABC. “Costco said it started notifying customers Thursday by mail and by phone. “While it’s possible that the employee may have handled your product, Costco has a very strict policy of no bare hand contact with ready- to- eat foods,” said Craig Wilson, Vice-President of Quality Control for Costco.” Read more


Amazon Second Quarter Sales up 31% to $30.4 Billion Press release


…Amazon added 23,700 employees worldwide in the second quarter, bringing its total employment to 268,900 by Nat Levy at GeekWire. Read more


Lowe’s builds massive direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in Tennessee by Nicole Young at The Tennessean. “Robertson County has been chosen as the site of Lowe’s first direct-to-consumer fulfillment center, a 1 million-square-foot, “state-of-the-art” facility that will bring 600 new jobs and a $100 million capital investment to Coopertown, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday.” Read more


Tim Hortons plans expansion into Southeast Asia starting with the Philippines via Financial Post. “(CFO Joshua) Kobza hinted Tim Hortons would aim to match the level of some of its rivals in the local market — many of which boast hundreds of restaurants in the country, he said.” Read more


Q&A with Kroger’s Group VP of HR by Alexander Coolidge at Cincinnati Enquirer. Read more


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Walgreens to shut down and by Taylor Soper at GeekWire. “Walgreens acquired in 2011 for an equity value of $429 million, which at the time represented a 102 percent premium over the company’s 30-day average closing stock price.” Read more


Apple opens first Brooklyn store by Noah Kulwin at Recode. See the pics / Read more


Dollar Tree co-founder, wife donate $2 million to Cleveland Clinic at Crain’s Cleveland Business. “The gift from Macon and Joan Brock will establish an endowed chair bearing their names that will support lung transplant research and education…Macon Brock received the lung transplant in September 2014.” Read more


Justice Department protests Sports Authority’s plan to pay top executives $2.85M in bankruptcy bonuses via Denver Post. Read more


Grocery cooperatives Associated Wholesale Grocers and Affiliated Foods Midwest to combine by Steve Vockrodt at Kansas City Star. “Affiliated Foods Midwest…supplies 800 stores in 15 states. AWG is the larger concern in this combination by serving 3,000 stores in 30 states.” Read more


Love’s fuel-hauling fleet awards drivers with $3.4 million in safety bonuses via Overdrive. Read more


Lowe’s donates thousands of dollars’ worth of lawn equipment to teens who cut lawns for free by Emily Maher at WLKY Louisville. “It all started when Travis got in trouble and his mom told him to go cut the lawn at the abandoned house on their street. Travis realized he enjoyed the chore, so he got his two brothers and cousin involved. They’ve been cutting lawns across Louisville for months — for free.” See the video / Read more


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