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• The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Kroger-owned Roundy’s “aims to hire more than 500 employees to staff its stores” across the state of Wisconsin.

The jobs are said to be both full-time and part-time.

Jim Hyland, Roundy’s vice president of communications and public affairs at Roundy’s, tells the that “the hiring call is to address needs at the grocer’s existing 106-store network,” including adding delivery and click-and-collect services.

• The Baltimore Sun reports that executives with United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), which acquired Supervalu for $2.9 billion last year, plan to sell the Shoppers Food & Pharmacy chain that it got in the deal.

The decision to sell the stores is not seen as a surprise, since UNFI has been clear about its retail intentions. However, there seems to be some chagrin - especially at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which represents the chain’s workers - that to this point, there is no timeline for the chain to be divested.

• The Chicago Tribune reports that Sears, just emerging from bankruptcy protection and under new ownership by old owner Eddie Lampert, has ended life insurance benefits for eligible retirees from the company.

According to the story, “It’s unclear how many Sears’ retirees will lose coverage, but the company paid about $16.6 million in premiums for eligible retirees for the year that ended Dec. 31, 2017 … Retirees can convert all or part of their group life insurance policies to individual whole life policies and pay the premiums, according to the letter sent to retirees.

“Sears had already sacrificed popular employee perks amid longstanding financial struggles, including significant cuts to life insurance coverage in 1997. But the company still covered life insurance policies worth at least $5,000 for eligible retirees.”

• The Associated Press reports that online retailer Wayfair, which has been testing popup stores “as a way to boost sales and let shoppers touch and feel products,” now has announced “plans to open 200 stores in the next couple of years … Wayfair says its new store will open this fall at the Natick Mall in Natick, Massachusetts, where it tested a pop-up shop last year. The company also recently opened an outlet store in Kentucky that sells returned furniture.”
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