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Bigg’s grocery stores extends its offerings to include more local vendors

BY Jenna Duncan

CINCINNATI Bigg’s is reaching out and extending its retail offerings to include more locally-produced products, local reports said this weekend.

Jimmy Nichols, vice president of merchandising and marketing for bigg’s told local reporters that to keep up with big box stores, his company is towing the line to offer quality, convenience and variety.

Bigg’s faces heavy competition from grocery giant Kroger in the Southwest Ohio region. The company has said that it stays in business against giants like Kroger by having an aggressive pricing strategy and working to maintain customer loyalty across its 11 stores by adopting a strategy that places grocery next to household items and other day-to-day goods while keeping prices low, company spokespersons told the media.

The bigg’s strategy for extending its hold on local shoppers means also making shelf space for local vendors, an approach that seems to be proving effective, reports said.

Bigg’s has extended shelf space to wine-maker Tino Vino Vintners of East Hyde Park and Possets Perfume, to name a few, the report said.

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Wakefern Food elects Capano to board of directors

BY Jenna Duncan

KEASBEY, N.J. Wakefern Food, which runs marketing and distribution for ShopRite supermarkets, had tapped Ken Capano to serve on its board of directors, the company announced Wednesday.

Capano is the president and owner of Five Star Supermarkets, Inc., which covers two Connecticut ShopRite.

“[Capano]’s dedication to Wakefern and to the community he serves has not only been recognized by us, but also by our industry,” Joe Colalillo, chairman and chief executive officer at Wakefern Food said in a statement. “Recently, [Capano] was recognized by the Connecticut Food Association when he received their 2008 Man of the Year award. I welcome Ken to the board with great pleasure and look forward to tapping into his insight and vision as we move the cooperative forward.”

Capano has been in business with Wakefern for more than 30 years. He joined the Wakefern team as store services supervisor in 1972 and later in 1996 purchased a ShopRite store in Norwich.

Capano was also awarded the 2006 Eastern Connecticut Citizen of the Year award in 2006 by the Chamber of Commerce, reports said.

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Kroger rolls out more fuel bonuses for holiday gift card shoppers

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI In recognition of the holiday season, Kroger will double fuel discounts on gift cards purchased at its stores starting Saturday and ending Dec. 31, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Gift cards for restaurants, stores and entertainment outlets purchased at Kroger stores will accumulate fuel discounts at double their purchased value, earning 10 cents off for every $50 in gift cards. Customers at Kroger pharmacies will also earn fuel discounts on eligible prescriptions, earning 10 cents off per gallon of gasoline for every two prescriptions filled at a Kroger pharmacy.

The company is offering the program at several of its banners nationwide, including Kroger, Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fry’s, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen?s, Pay Less, QFC and Scott?s.

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