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Bits and Pieces

October 14, 2008

  • Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets Inc. announced a four-step approach to help its customers save money. The approach consists of Wegmans Consistent Low Price comparison shopping strategy; club-size savings opportunities; an extensive selection of Wegmans’ prepared foods at value prices; and Wegmans brand savings.
  • Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, said it would host weekly “Value Tours” to help shoppers uncover meal deals and stretch their budgets without sacrificing quality. At this time, the in-store tours are scheduled for Whole Foods locations in northern California and Nevada.
  • Minneapolis-based Target Corp. said it is offering a special Choxie chocolate collection to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The collection features a five-bar assorted gift box, a cookie truffle gift box and a nine-piece artisan truffle gift box - each retailing this holiday season for $10. The company also announced the grand openings of 45 new U.S. stores on October 12.
  • Kroger Manufacturing, a division of The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, said it received six Worker Safety Awards from the International Dairy Foods Association. The awards honor six Kroger manufacturing facilities for achievements in safety, based on 2007 Occupational Safety and Health Administration data.
  • Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. will break ground in January on a new concept store in Tyler, said an article published in the October 3 Tyler Morning Telegraph. The new store, called FRESH, is expected to be open by the end of next year. It will offer food varieties and shopping experiences not available elsewhere in the region, the paper said.
  • The October 8 edition of TopNews newsletter from Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates LLC says Abingdon, Va. -based K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. will open its 100th store under the Food City banner on October 15 in Rogersville, Tenn. A special steel support beam with a commemorative plaque has a place of honor in the foyer of the new 46,000-plus square foot store, the newsletter said.
  • Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., said it withdrew its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Longs Drug Stores Corp. for $75 per share in cash. The offer, originally proposed on September 12, was declined by Longs’ board of directors in favor of the proposed acquisition by CVS/Caremark Corp. announced on August 12. Walgreens also announced that Jeffrey A. Rein is retiring as chairman, CEO and a director. Alan G. McNally, lead director of the Walgreens board, was named chairman and acting CEO.