Articles on divestitures and sell offs in the retail industry.

  1. Stores & Formats
NEW YORK — Ahold Delhaize recently said it would shutter an undetermined number of underperforming Stop & Shop supermarkets this year, joining what some press reports have described as a “tsunami” of planned retail store closings. Coresight Research, which tracks store openings and closings, said that as of May 31, major U.S. retailers have announced […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Albertsons reported Q4 and full year 2023 earnings on April 22nd relatively in-line with expectations, marked by slightly better year-over-year net sales, positive but decelerating ID sales growth, and higher digital sales. The bigger news was an amendment to the divestiture of more stores ahead of the FTC hearings this summer. Download our full report […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Welcome, folks, to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter covering this week’s noteworthy happenings in tech. TikTok’s fate in the U.S. looks uncertain after President Joe Biden signed a bill that included a deadline for ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, to divest itself of TikTok within nine months or face a ban on distributing it […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Saying that Tapestry’s planned purchase of Capri Holdings would eliminate head-to-head competition in the “accessible luxury” handbag market, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authorized a lawsuit to block the $8.5 billion deal. The acquisition plan, announced in August 2023, would bring together some of the most iconic names in luxury, uniting Tapestry’s Coach, Stuart […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid this month announced plans to close 53 more stores, adding to the roughly 200 it has shuttered since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year. Officials with the retail pharmacy chain said decisions about which stores to close are based on factors including business strategy, lease and rent considerations, […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
GREAT NECK, N.Y. — First Quality announced it has named Allen Bodford as president of its Absorbent Hygiene division, effective immediately.  The division produces adult incontinence products, baby diapers, training and youth pants, period pads and baby wipes for health care and retail channels. The division’s operations include four manufacturing locations across the United States […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
As it faces regulatory scrutiny over its potential merger with Albertsons, grocery chain Kroger has decided to sell off its specialty pharmacy business to CarelonRx, a subsidiary of Elevance Health. In a press release Monday, Kroger said the sale is expected to close in the second half of the year. “As part of our regular […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger and Albertsons have argued in separate legal filings that the federal Trade Commission (FTC) is misguided and flat-out wrong in opposing their $24.6 billion merger. Both retailers contend that the FTC, in suggesting that the deal would give the combined companies an unfair competitive advantage, ignores the fact that they would also be competing […]
  1. Merchandising
Expo West begins today, and for the next few days many brands will experience a whirlwind of networking, handing out samples, schmoozing at after-hours events, and starting potential business deals. Once it all wraps up, though, now what? Well, then it’s time to turn that momentum into tangible success. You’ve invested time, money, and energy […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Mark your calendars.  Set your alarm.  August 26, 2024, has been set foe the beginning of the trial that will determine whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be able to block Kroger’s $24.6 acquisition of Albertsons. The trial will take place in the Us District Court in Portland, Oregon, and is expected to last […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Beyond, Inc. — parent company of Bed Bath & Beyond and Overstock.com — has acquired the intellectual property of defunct flash-sale retailer Zulily, following that platform’s abrupt wind-down of its business in late 2023. Newly appointed Beyond, Inc. Executive Chairman Marcus Lemonis said the acquisition is aimed at strengthening Beyond’s position in the off-price market. Beyond paid $4.5 million in […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen. "Kroger achieved strong 2023 results, in line with our long-term growth model and built upon three consecutive years of historic growth.
  1. Trends & External Forces
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid Corp. today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement (APA) for the partial sale of its Health Dialog business to Carenet Health (Carenet), a provider of healthcare engagement, clinical support, telehealth and advocacy solutions. Health Dialog provides personalized population health solutions to improve the health of members while […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
TAMPA — Stew Turley, who guided the evolution of Eckerd Corp. for three decades, died last week at his home in Florida after a battle with lymphoma. He was 89. During the course of his tenure at the retailer, which began in 1966 when he was named manager of non-drug operations, Eckerd grew to 2,778 […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit to block Kroger’s proposed $25 billion merger with Albertsons Cos., contending that consumers will see higher prices and workers will see lower wages if the deal goes through. “This supermarket mega merger comes as American consumers have seen the cost of groceries rise steadily over […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Bloomberg reports that “the US Federal Trade Commission and a group of states are poised to sue as soon as next week to block the tie-up between supermarket giants Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos., according to people familiar with the plans. “The suit is expected before Feb. 28, when an agreement not to close the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The lawsuit brought by Colorado’s attorney general claims that the wholesaler and retailer doesn’t have the experience to run hundreds of stores and several more private brands.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Colorado Attorney Journal Phil Weiser yesterday filed a lawsuit designed to block Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons, saying the the deal would be anticompetitive. Axios reports that “Weiser has been leading a multi-state investigation since December 2022 and is the second state to sue following Washington … The announcement said the deal not […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Adidas will sell off its remaining Yeezy inventory at cost rather than write it off at a loss, the company announced alongside its preliminary results for 2023. The move isn’t entirely unexpected — in 2023, the company issued releases of Yeezy stock in May and July. Products in those two releases were sold at a […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid Corporation has completed the previously announced sale of its Elixir Solutions business to MedImpact Healthcare Systems for approximately $575 million. “We are pleased to finalize the sale of Elixir, marking another important milestone in our transformation to strengthen our long-term financial position,” said Jeffrey Stein, Rite Aid’s CEO and chief restructuring […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Zulily Group has engaged the advisory firm Gordon Brothers to sell off more than $85 million of inventory and the assets of its two fulfillment centers following the online retailer’s decision late last year to shut down. Screenshot of the Zulily website from December 2023 highlighting the going-out-of-business sale. News of the wind-down first broke […]

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