The Austrian has improved so much in quick floor. He raised the titles in Indian Wells, Beijing and Vienna. He additionally fought for the title in the ATP Finals in opposition to Tsitsipas (he beat the Greek) after profitable Djokovic, Federer and Zverev. Lately he generated sure doubts in his conferences in opposition to Bolt and Fritz, which he overcame in 5 and 4 units, respectively. In the second spherical he had no issues in opposition to a blurred Monfils, which he had in three sleeves. In precept, Nadal, who educated yesterday on runway 21 of Melbourne Park, in public view, round 3:00 pm, is a favourite. He has gone from much less to extra and his exhibition earlier than Kyrgios helps him. You will need to show it to make the forecasts good. It will be the 14th confrontation between Rafa and Thiem, with a optimistic steadiness for the Balearic (9-4) and a single onerous observe duel that was determined in his favor in the fifth set, in the 2018 US Open quarters, though it’s true that he performed with a latent damage in the proper knee, which induced him to retire in the semifinals in opposition to Del Potro. His rivalry is one of the most frequent in current years and has already occurred in 4 finals, two of them on the clay of Paris. Rafa Nadal is offered on Tuesday (09:30, Eurosport) a recreation stuffed with incentives in opposition to Dominic Thiem (26 years and fifth favourite). To start out, the victory offers him a spot in the semifinals for the seventh time at the Australian Open, 34th amongst the 4 Grand Slams. And if he wins, he will go away Melbourne as world number one, do what Djokovic does on Friday in opposition to Federer. The Serbian would not serve or revalidate the title. Nadal, which has amassed 9,395 would attain 9,755 and its most rival in the rating can solely attain a most of 9,720. As well as, profitable would report a momentary file of wins in majors in opposition to top-5 gamers. It could be the 30th, forward of Federer’s 29 and Djokovic himself, though one of the two would match him two days later.
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CEO Michael Medline said Farm Boy grocery stores are the company’s “weapon” to expand into urban areas like Toronto.Postmedia Network Jake Edmiston March 13, 20199:33 PM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 14, 201912:25 PM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Comment ‘We’ve never had a weapon like this’: Farm Boy is key for urban expansion, Sobeys parent says By combining Farm Boy with Empire’s real estate ‘prowess,’ CEO Michael Medline believes he can eventually ‘blanket’ Toronto and its suburbs with stores Join the conversation → Recommended For You’Life-threatening’ Tropical Storm Barry grinds toward LouisianaNOTICE OF INVESTOR CALL to the Holders of Northwest Acquisitions ULC Dominion Finco, Inc. 7.125% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due 2022 CUSIP No. 66727WAA0/C6700PAA9Lockheed Martin plans to expand Milwaukee plant workforce by 15%VW zooms ahead in extension of alliance with Ford to electric, automated carsU.S. regulators approve $5 bln Facebook settlement over privacy issues – source 6 Comments CNW Group/Empire Co. Ltd. Share this story’We’ve never had a weapon like this’: Farm Boy is key for urban expansion, Sobeys parent says Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn But while Empire boosts the profile of its discount brand on one end of the spectrum, and its fancier Farm Boy brand on the other, some industry observers are asking: What becomes of its massive Sobeys banner in the middle?“That, to me, is the biggest question that grocers face,” said Kevin Grier, an analyst who focuses on the grocery industry. Grier noted that it isn’t a challenge that Sobeys faces alone. Other major chains, like Loblaw and Metro, are also caught in a shrinking middle ground, between the growth luxury brands like Whole Foods and discounters like Walmart.But Medline doesn’t see it that way. First, he said, Farm Boy isn’t part of that luxury category like Whole Foods. “It treats the customer so well, it perhaps it appears like that,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “But it is not that.”What it is, Medline said, is a flexible store format — 25,000 sq-ft on average — that can squeeze into urban markets in a way that traditional, big-box grocers cannot.“It does more sales-per-square-feet than anyone else,” he said.The description of the market — with discount and luxury stores luring customers away from conventional brands — doesn’t fit with reality, Medline said. Shoppers, he said, aren’t exclusively going to a discount store or a luxury store. They’re going to whatever store fits their needs on any given day. Farm Boy, for instance, isn’t where customers go for staples like toilet paper or tooth paste; it’s for produce, meat and prepared food.“Full-service” Sobeys stores, though, are “where you can do your weekly shopping and fill your basket with whatever you want,” Medline said.Empire is expected to add a fourth option in spring 2020, when it starts offering grocery delivery in the Toronto area as part of a partnership with the U.K. grocery delivery company Ocado. Medline expects the e-commerce option to help Empire continue its push into urban and suburban Ontario.On Wednesday, Empire reported $6.24 billion in sales its third quarter, $218 million more than the previous year. Its adjusted earnings per share, however, dipped to $0.27 per share from $0.33 per share, which Empire attributed primarily to a one-time charge of $45 million ($0.12 per share).The charge includes $35 million in expected buyouts offered to long-serving Safeway employees, which were approved by a B.C. labour ruling in January. It also includes $10 million in costs associated with five store upcoming Safeway store closures, which are part of the FreshCo conversions.• Email: email@example.com | Twitter: Empire Co. Ltd., the expansive network of Canadian grocery brands, believes its recently acquired Farm Boy chain is what it needs to finally take on Ontario’s biggest grocery markets.“We’ve never had a weapon like this to go at an area like the GTA,” chief executive Michael Medline told analysts Wednesday following the release of Empire’s third quarter results.“Ontario,” he said, “has historically been our Achilles heel.”Empire, the parent to Sobeys, acquired Farm Boy, a chain of boutique groceries with a loyal following in eastern Ontario and popular line of private label products, for $800 million last year.At the time, Medline promised Farm Boy fans he wouldn’t “screw this up,” a reference to Empire’s ill-fated acquisition of the western Safeway grocery chain, which alienated many long-time customers. Sobeys parent reports higher net income, but lower adjusted earnings Empire’s Farm Boy acquisition a good move despite previous struggles: experts ‘We will not screw this up’: Sobeys parent to buy beloved Farm Boy in $800M deal While Medline suggested Wednesday that he does not want to expand Farm Boy too quickly, his ambitions for the brand were apparent.By combining Farm Boy with Empire’s real estate “prowess,” Medline believes he can eventually “blanket” Toronto and its suburbs with stores.Farm Boy — now at 28 stores around Ontario — is already in the middle of an expansion in the Toronto area.The growth plans come as Empire enters the late stages of Project Sunrise, Medline’s 2017 plan to cut costs and improve Empire’s fortunes, which had been dragged down by the Safeway deal.One element of the plan involves expanding Empire’s bargain brand, FreshCo, to meet rising demand for discount grocers. Empire is currently working to close 15 Safeway stores in B.C., converting 10 of them to FreshCo locations — part of a broader objective of converting 25 per cent of its network of 255 Safeway and Sobeys stores in Western Canada.Empire Co. Ltd. Michael Medline Email More Twitter Facebook