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Year in Review: PG's Top 20 Stories of 2015

As yet another tumultuous year in the grocery industry comes to a close, 2015 saw some retailers struggle to hold their footing, while others thrived in what further evolves into a fragmented and often unpredictable retail environment.

As Pacific Northwest retailer Haggen and Montvale, N.J.-based A&P wrote their final chapters, still others expanded their footprint through mergers and acquisitions, most notably the coming together of Kroger and Roundy's, two heavy hitters that will no doubt benefit from the vast list of strengths of the other. 

As we herald the coming of a new year, PG rounds up its top 20 stories featured on, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 5, 2015:


Kroger, Roundy's to Merge

Combined company to operate 2,774 supermarkets 



Safeway to Lose 3 Execs

Larree Renda, Diane Dietz and Peter Bocian to leave after Albertsons merger



H-E-B Launches Online Store Offering National Brands, Private Label 

50,000 products now available on



Harris Teeter’s Carolina Charm Program Touts Regional Brands 

Contest grand prize is Pinehurst Resort golf package



Walmart Realigns Grocery Leadership Team

EVP Jack Sinclair to retire on March 20



Albertsons Cos. Files for IPO

Offering listed at $100M



Acme Markets to Buy 76 A&P Stores

Will grow footprint both within, outside core geo turf



Target Fires 550 at Corporate

Job cuts follow failure of Canadian expanion



PG Presents 2015 Top Women in Grocery

Honorees include 75 Senior-level Execs, 184 Rising Stars, 41 Store Managers



Trader Joe's Leads Market Force Ranking of Favorite Grocers

Aldi leads in value; ShopRite offers best promotions, survey says


Haggen Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Owes Unified Grocers $14.8 million



Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Merger Leads to 300-Plus Store Closings 

FTC is nearing end of merger review process



A&P to Declare Bankruptcy: Report

Filing could come as soon as this week



H.J. Heinz, Kraft Foods Merge To Form The Kraft Heinz Co.

Deal will create N.A.'s 3rd largest food & bev company



Albertsons Names Bob Miller CEO Amid Executive Restructuring

Denningam, Dye, Sampson round out office of the CEO team



Sprouts Farmers Market Welcomes New Execs

Shawn Gensch named CMO; Dan Sanders new EVP



Kroger to Split its Southwest Division

Grocer to create Dallas and Houston divisions to operate stores in Texas and Louisiana



Haggen Files Sale of $12M in Assets Back to Albertsons-Safeway

Includes $3.57M in inventory, $8.9M in 'records and goodwill'



Brookshire Grocery Co. Exploring Sale: Report

Company could fetch as much as $1 billion



Albertsons, Safeway to Divest 168 Stores in Advance of Merger

Haggen gains lion's share



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