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Redner’s Markets, Inc. has announced plans for its 44th location. Already operating four grocery stores and one Quick Shoppe in Montgomery County, PA company president and CEO Ryan Redner has signed an agreement to open a new market in Audubon with a tentative summer/fall 2019 opening. Renovations to the existing building, formerly occupied by a Keller’s grocery store, are slated to begin immediately upon obtaining all needed building permits and will include improvements to the existing building. The store will be approximately 45,000 square feet upon completion. Keep it here for updates in 2019.

Mark your calendars – March 12-13, 2019. Saint Joseph’s University Food Marketing program and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce will host their inaugural International Specialty Food Summit at Saint Joseph’s University’s Philadelphia campus. Attendees will delve into the day’s “Buy Local, Think Global” theme with this year’s focus on Italian and gain up-to-date insights about emerging trends, merchandising techniques, innovation, and customer engagement from an incredibly diverse slate of international food experts. For information and to register go to www.sju.edu.

A tip of the hat to Michelle Dorin of Weis Markets who was recently promoted to director of sales and merchandising communications. Michelle has been with Weis for 31 years, as director of pricing for 10 of those years and as a category manager. Congrats!

Also making moves is Josue (Josh) Padilla, who joined Gerrity’s Supermarkets earlier this month as coordinator of produce and floral operations. Prior to joining Gerrity’s, Josh spent five years at Alpha 1 Marketing in the same role. Welcome to Pennsylvania, Josh!

The circle of life continues as industry veteran and food marketing professor at Saint Joseph’s University George Latella and his wife Cheryl have become grandparents. Baby Joseph Gabriel Collins entered the world on December 5 and parents Joe and Nicole are over the moon with their new addition. Auguri!

Birthday shout-outs for the very merry month of December go to: Paul McGurkin, Integrity ESM; Jay Gordon, Sales Management Partners; Dorothy Hamilton, Acme Markets;

Sue Rorke-Lawler, Acme Markets; Linda Naddeo, HP Hood; and Lane Gordon, Dietz & Watson. Buon compleanno a tutti!

Merry Christmahanakwanzika from all of us at Food Trade News. With warm wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy 2019, Buone feste!

 

Quote of the month: “No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.” President George H.W. Bush