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US: C&S names Bob Palmer CEO
C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States, has appointed Bob Palmer CEO, succeeding Michael A. Duffy in the role. “C&S has been a leader in the rapidly changing grocery industry for over 102 years”, said Rick Cohen, chairman of Keene, New Hampshire-based C&S. “We will continue to drive innovation and adapt to the dynamic market conditions to better serve and support our customers. These unique times have required us to refocus our efforts and priorities”.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Fresh food makes pandemic-stressed consumers happy
What made consumers happy during the pandemic? Fresh food – at least according to Deloitte. In its new “The Future of Fresh: Patterns from the Pandemic” report, Deloitte found that nine of 10 survey respondents said that fresh food literally makes them happy. The findings were based on interviews of 2,000 adults (age

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Home improvement and stockpiling boost September UK retail sales

Consumers increased spending on improving their homes and stockpiling goods in September in preparation for a tightening of restrictions, providing a boost for retailers.

Sales in the UK rose 5.6 per cent last month compared with the same period a year ago, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and the consultancy KPMG. That was above the six-month average decline of 1.1 per cent and the best annual growth rate of any month since December 2009, it found.

“September saw a big improvement in retail sales growth,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the BRC, whose survey covers about 60 per cent of the industry.

“With office workers still at home for the foreseeable future, the sales of electronics, household goods and home office products have remained high,” she added. In contrast, more time spent at home and the cancellation of public events “have continued to hold back clothing

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Canning Boulevard improvement project heading toward the home stretch – News – The Herald News, Fall River, MA

FALL RIVER – Hang tight, all you drivers heading north on William S. Canning Boulevard en route to SouthCoast Marketplace.

It won’t be long before your final approach to the popular shopping center in the city’s far South End becomes easier and safer.

Preliminary work is now underway to construct a slip ramp, also known in the parlance of road construction as either a slip lane or slip road.

“It will alleviate congestion and improve access to SouthCoast Marketplace,” said Paul Ferland, who oversees Fall River’s sewer and water divisions in his role as the city’s community utilities administrator.

Ferland says the new ramp, or lane, will sit parallel to the shopping center’s main entrance-and-exit road and will run adjacent to the Santander Bank branch.

The new road will be functional before the arrival of Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, he said.

Ferland said northbound and southbound drivers exiting nearby Route

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Bay Area hardware stores battle through a crazy year

In San Francisco, the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have hit many local businesses like a ton of bricks. But for a select few sectors, business has been booming, from the grocery stores that saw mobs of panic-buyers to the gardening centers overwhelmed by bored quarantiners starting victory gardens.

So, what about our neighborhood hardware stores, trustworthy bastions of power tools and cleaning supplies? Are they crazy-busy from the legions of people taking on home improvement projects, or struggling to survive? Four of our favorite local spots told us how they’re doing, from enduring multiple burglaries to seeing soaring sales on unexpected items.

Cliff’s Variety


While business has generally been OK in 2020 at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, general manager Terry Asten Bennett said they’re forecasting a rough fourth quarter. A lot of the store’s sales come from gifts, souvenirs and seasonal items, and with Halloween effectively canceled and

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Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) Shares Sold by Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL

Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL lessened its holdings in shares of Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) by 1.0% during the 3rd quarter, Holdings Channel.com reports. The fund owned 79,788 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock after selling 793 shares during the period. Gofen & Glossberg LLC IL’s holdings in Home Depot were worth $22,158,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of HD. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ lifted its position in Home Depot by 1.3% during the 1st quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ now owns 326,905 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $61,036,000 after acquiring an additional 4,303 shares during the period. ETF Managers Group LLC grew its position in Home Depot by 11.4% in the 1st quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC now owns 1,448 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at

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Exane Derivatives Lowers Position in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD)

Exane Derivatives decreased its stake in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) by 16.9% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 461 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock after selling 94 shares during the quarter. Exane Derivatives’ holdings in Home Depot were worth $128,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Price Wealth LLC boosted its holdings in Home Depot by 138.5% in the 2nd quarter. Price Wealth LLC now owns 124 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock worth $31,000 after buying an additional 72 shares during the period. Selective Wealth Management Inc. raised its stake in Home Depot by 243.9% during the 2nd quarter. Selective Wealth Management Inc. now owns 141 shares of the

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Canning Boulevard improvement project heading toward the home stretch – News – Wicked Local

FALL RIVER – Hang tight, all you drivers heading north on William S. Canning Boulevard en route to SouthCoast Marketplace.

It won’t be long before your final approach to the popular shopping center in the city’s far South End becomes easier and safer.

Preliminary work is now underway to construct a slip ramp, also known in the parlance of road construction as either a slip lane or slip road.

“It will alleviate congestion and improve access to SouthCoast Marketplace,” said Paul Ferland, who oversees Fall River’s sewer and water divisions in his role as the city’s community utilities administrator.

Ferland says the new ramp, or lane, will sit parallel to the shopping center’s main entrance-and-exit road and will run adjacent to the Santander Bank branch.

The new road will be functional before the arrival of Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, he said.

Ferland said northbound and southbound drivers exiting nearby Route

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Bobcat equipment store opens in Waterloo | Business

WATERLOO — There’s been a Bobcat sighting in this Seneca County town.

Not the spotted animal, but the white, orange and black Bobcat line of equipment for excavating, plowing, mowing and countless other tasks requiring mechanical assistance.

Bobcat of the Finger Lakes opened at 3055 Sessler Drive on July 3, and general manager Kevin Francis, a Palmyra resident, said business has “met and exceeded expectations.”

Francis, who’s been with Bobcat for 10 years at the Fairport store, said company officials had been looking for a central location somewhere between Fairport, East Syracuse and Southern Tier stores for three years.

“There’s a good demand for Bobcat products in the Finger Lakes from contractors, commercial users and the agricultural community. We serve Seneca, Ontario, Yates, Wayne, Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe and Genesee counties,” Francis said.

Those officials saw the parcel — just east of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store on Sessler Drive in

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Here’s what people are buying at home goods, home improvement stores and more | Food + Living

COVID-19 is shaping shopping behavior. That’s been bad news for retailers on many fronts — but certainly not all. Here’s a sampling some of the items shoppers have been snapping up for their homes.


Bon appetit

The Shops at Rockvale, located off Route 30 in East Lampeter Township, have seen a lower traffic count than usual over the past few months, says manager Kristi Burkholder. But sales reports show that those shoppers who are there are buying more things — especially if those things are related to eating at home, says Burkholder.

“The kitchen stores are out of control,” she says.

Foodie-focused business is also brisk at Zest! in Lititz. There, manager Elizabeth Elia says shoppers are increasingly investing in quality basics like kitchen scales. Pizza stones also are selling. So is anything having to do with bread.

“They’re getting serious about baking. One item that is selling like crazy

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Owego Home Central store partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension | WIVT

OWEGO, NY – A local hardware and home improvement store is helping raise money this month for a new partner.

Home Central has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County for their “Round Up for Extension” initiative.

Beginning last Thursday, Home Central customers have been able to round up to the nearest dollar amount during check out to donate to CCE.

Home Central’s General Manager Ryan Rennells says he’s optimistic that people will donate to the cause, and that the store will be doing it’s part as well.

“It’s a great cause. We think people will be more than happy to donate. They do a lot of good in the area. As our part of this, everything that we are able to raise, Home Central is going to match that donation,” says Rennells.

Despite having a COVID-positive customer in late September, the Owego Home Central location remains open,

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