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Bartell launches eighth annual toy donation drive

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Regional chain Bartell Drugs is working with the Salvation Army to sponsor a toy donation drive, the chain said.

Starting Monday and lasting through Dec. 11, Bartell’s began collecting new, unwrapped toys during its eighth annual Salvation Army "Toy ‘N’ Joy" drive.

Toys collected at the chain’s stores will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s "toy warehouses."

"The drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children," Bartell chairman and CEO George Bartell said. "The generosity and support of our customers over the past seven years has been gratifying."

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Discount grocer announces expansion into Pittsburgh, Ohio markets

BY Michael Johnsen

SALISBURY, N.C. — Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food is hiring more than 800 associates over the next several months to begin to prepare for store openings next year, the company announced Wednesday.

"We look forward to expanding in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, next year, and bringing new jobs to these areas," stated Bottom Dollar Food president Meg Ham. Bottom Dollar Food is expected to open 14 stores in early 2012. 

Bottom Dollar Food opened its first store in High Point, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2005, and opened its first store in Pennsylvania on Oct. 8, 2010. The banner has since grown to 52 stores in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition to its expansion in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, Bottom Dollar Food also remains focused on expanding in the greater Philadelphia market, which currently encompasses 21 stores in the state of Pennsylvania and three stores in New Jersey.

The announcement follows the release of third-quarter earnings results by Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Delhaize Group, which owns Bottom Dollar Food. The company said that the banner has garnered some positive feedback in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

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Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance launches programs in D.C. area

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Rite Aid, UnitedHealth Group and the YMCA are partnering to offer community-based programs to combat Type 2 diabetes in the Washington, D.C., area through the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, the three companies said.

The alliance marked the launch of the programs by having a community forum hosted by the YMCA of Greater Metropolitan Washington featuring such panelists as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Diabetes Translation director Ann Albright. Rite Aid joined the alliance in September and supports patients enrolled in its programs through select stores in New York and Washington.

The alliance, which is launching the effort as part of its "Not Me" campaign, said the incidence of diabetes in the Washington area — 11%, compared with 8.7% nationwide — supported the need for the programs, which include the Diabetes Prevention Program, a group-based intervention program that helps people who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes prevent the disease through modest weight loss promoted through healthy eating, increased physical activity and other lifestyle changes.

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