A&P CEO Sam Martin steps down
MONTVALE, N.J. — Supermarket chain A&P, which emerged from bankruptcy in March 2012, has confirmed the departure of president and CEO Sam Martin.
“We all thank Sam for his time at A&P and wish him well in his future endeavors. The company has made tremendous headway since Greg Mays was installed as executive chairman over 14 months ago, and Mr. Mays will continue to serve as executive chairman,” the company said in a statement sent to Drug Store News.
The company added that, “at the appropriate time in the company’s 2014 planning process, a new CEO will be identified.”
Martin, a former OfficeMax executive joined A&P as CEO in July 2010, succeeding Ron Marshall, who left the company after serving less than six months at the helm.
While at OfficeMax, Martin served as COO since 2007. Prior to OfficeMax, Martin was COO for Wild Oats Markets through the company’s acquisition by Whole Foods. His experience also includes senior management roles at ShopKo Stores and Fred Meyer.
In wake of card data breach, Target offers free credit monitoring to customers
MINNEAPOLIS — Target is offering free credit monitoring for a year for customers who shop at its stores, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.
Target said it had contracted with ProtectMyID, a division of Experian, which will offer daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and access to assistance from fraud resolution agents, as well as a complimentary credit report. Customers have until April 23 to request an activation code, and then until April 30 to register for credit monitoring through ProtectMyID.
The offer is being made in the wake of a massive credit breach at the retailer, in which the payment card data of some 40 million customers was stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. On Friday, Target said up to 70 million customers also had information like names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses stolen as well, which it had discovered as part of an investigation of the original breach.
Rite Aid donates 15,000 cases of water following W.Va., chemical spill
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s philanthropic arm will donate water for areas of West Virginia affected by a recent chemical spill, the retail pharmacy chain said Saturday.
The Rite Aid Foundation announced the donation of 15,000 cases of water to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to assist communities around Charleston, W.Va., currently under a water ban resulting from a chemical spill that contaminated the area’s water supply, affecting about 300,000 people in a nine-county area.
"One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor, and that’s especially true in times of need," Rite Aid president and COO Ken Martindale, who is also president of the Rite Aid Foundation, said. "Clean water is crucial for many everyday activities as well as the health and wellness of a community. It’s our hope that our donation will help make life a little bit safer and easier for the people affected by the water ban."
The Associated Press reported Monday that residents of affected areas were still having to use bottled water to wash, cook and brush their teeth, but that officials had said the ban on using tap water would soon be lifted, and that levels had fallen below a dangerous threshold over the weekend. The chemical, known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, has a licorice-like smell and is used in coal processing.