• The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Ahold Delhaize-owned Food Lion has completed a $110 million investment in its Richmond-area stores, performing renovations that it hopes “will give it an edge with customers in Richmond’s crowded and competitive grocery market.”

Among the changes: “Signage, flooring and check-out counters are upgraded. Fourteen of the 71 stores have new walk-in produce coolers. New products include more ‘grab and go’ prepared foods and packages of deli meat and cheeses already weighed and packaged and more organic products.”


MarketWatch reports that the Carl’s Jr. fast food hamburger chain, having decided to seek a new marketing direction after deciding to end the use of sexually suggestive commercials, seems to have identified a new target for its corporate lust.

Amazon.

The burger chain launched a Twitter campaign this week featuring a couple of dozen reasons that the e-commerce giant should buy it, including “a self-driving restaurant, an ‘Eater Reader’ tablet that you can read and eat off at the same time, and special VIP parking in front of every Carl’s Jr. for Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.”

The campaign is said to be tongue-in-cheek. Mostly.

““This is about generating a conversation around a partnership,’’ says Carl’s Jr. CMO Jeff Jenkins. “The tweets are obviously a start to try and see where the dialogue goes …have a lot of fun with it, and see if they find the spirit of it as fun as we do.’’