EDEN PRAIRIE, MN-Locally based SuperValu, a $38-billion-a-yeargrocery chain with almost 4,300 stores of various brands, plans toincrease its value footprint with value division Save-A-Lot by 160new stores this year. The firm had a same-store sale loss on itsregular retail chains, including Jewel and Cub Foods, and will notbe expanding those stores, a spokesman tells GlobeSt.com.

The company recently promoted three executives in its retailmarket development division.
Both Joe McKeska and Mark Lavin were promoted to group VP with realestate and market and development, with McKeska leading the Westregion and Lavin leading the East region. Sharon Lessard has beenpromoted to chief design officer, and continues to lead the storedesign services team.

A spokesman tells GlobeSt.com that the company, which finishedits fourth quarter of its fiscal year in February, will this yearfocus on reversing the same-store sale loss, improving prices andgetting people to do their full shopping at the stores. Oneapproach is to increase the Save-A-Lot stores, he says, as thechains average about 15,000 square feet and cater to householdswith incomes of $45,000 or less.

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