Ahold USA is the American arm of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold -- one of the world's leading grocery retailers. The subsidiary oversees some 750 supermarkets in about 10 states -- from Massachusetts to Virginia. Ahold USA's four divisions include: Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop Metro New York, Giant-Landover, and Giant-Carlisle, each with its own support business. Its online grocery ordering and delivery service Peapod serves Giant Food and Stop & Shop customers in select markets. Ahold USA accounts for about 60% of its Dutch parent's group sales. After nearly a decade of retrenchment, Royal Ahold is growing again on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 2010 Ahold USA's sales grew by 5%, outperforming its parent company's operations in the Netherlands and other countries in Europe. Volumes increased across the four divisions and Ahold USA grew its market share. Also, Peapod expanded into Indianapolis, Manhattan, and southeastern Wisconsin. Overall, Ahold USA's store count increased by more than 35 locations over 2009.
The company recently reorganized its US and European operations to position them for growth. The reorganization, which separated support functions from retail store operations, led to expansion in the US with Ahold USA's Giant-Carlisle acquiring 15 stores in the Philadelphia area from Safeway-owned Genuardis for $106 million. The deal, which closed in July 2012, follows the purchase of a pair of Genuardi's stores in late 2010 and a larger acquisition of 25 family-owned Ukrop's Super Markets in Virginia earlier in the year.
The Ukrop's purchase reversed years of paring down operations. Divestments included the TOPS Markets, BI-LO, and Bruno's grocery store chains in the US. Royal Ahold also sold its U.S. Foodservice business following a massive accounting scandal at the company. – less