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April 27, 2009
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  • Canadian retailer Loblaws is offering a free President’s Choice G.R.E.E.N. Box - a lightweight bins that fits in a shopping cart to hold groceries and save plastic bags - with a $60 purchase until April 30. The retailer also announced the introduction of its President’s Choice Tender & Tasty beef line with the posting of an online recipe for President’s Choice Rosemary & Garlic Tender & Tasty Strip Loin Steaks.

  • Rite Aid Corp., Camp Hill, Pa., is running a promotion whereby online shoppers who buy one Rite Aid brand product receive another product at 50 percent off.

  • Target Corp., Minneapolis, said it is partnering with designer Tracy Feith to create the next limited-edition collection for GO International, a program that aims to provide affordable fashion by world-renowned designers. The spring collection will debut in most Target stores on May 17 and be available through June 20.

  • Quick Chek, Whitehouse Station, N.J., is showcasing its own sub sandwiches on its Web site with a special that includes five 6-inch varieties for $2.99 each.

  • Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif., agreed in principle to sell its Santee Dairies to Dean Foods. Jack Brown, chairman, president and CEO of parent company Stater Bros. Holdings Inc., said the retailer would continue to purchase Santee’s dairy products, including Knudsen Blue Ribbon label products, for sale in its stores.

  • Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., said it celebrated Earth Day by previewing its newest “green” store design (in Santa Cruz, Calif.), deploying community cleanup teams that use Safeway’s Bright Green line of environmentally friendly cleaning products and distributing reusable grocery bags.

  • The Kroger Co., too, has been busy showcasing green efforts. For the second year in a row, the Cincinnati-based retailer is inviting customers to submit designs for Kroger reusable grocery bags. Each entrant will receive a free reusable bag, Kroger said, while the winning designer will receive a $1,000 Kroger gift card and a chance to see his or her bag design sold in Kroger stores.

  • For its part, St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. marked Earth Day with an update of its green initiatives, the latest of which focus on energy, water use and landfill waste reductions. The retailer also said it would be applying for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star award for its new Des Peres, Mo., store (slated to open later this year).

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