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Charlotte Food Lion customers can purchase food and wine with their groceries

BY Brian Berk

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion customers in the Charlotte, N.C., area can now order beer and wine when ordering grocery home delivery.

Via its partnership with Instacart, customers in 40 ZIP codes in the Charlotte region over the age of 21 can purchase alcohol. They must provide their date of birth during the checkout process and need to be present to sign for the delivery and present a photo ID. This option became effective Dec. 8.

“This program has had a great reception since it launched and we are excited for its continued expansion,” said Neil Norman, director of customer loyalty at Food Lion.  “Now with the additional options of beer and wine, Food Lion continues to deliver on our commitment to making grocery shopping easy and convenient for our thousands of customers."

Salisbury-based Food Lion has nearly 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. It is a division if Delhaize America.

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Costco Q1 earnings rise 13%

BY Brian Berk

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale reported 2017 fiscal first-quarter net income rose 13% to $545 million ($1.24 per share), compared to $480 million ($1.09 per diluted share) during its 2016 fiscal first quarter. 2017 fiscal Q1 earnings benefitted from a non-recurring $51 million legal settlement.

For the quarter ended Nov. 20, net sales enjoyed a 3% percent year-over-year increase to $27.47 billion. In the United States, comparable store sales rose 1 percent year over year. Total revenues increased to $28.1 billion, helped by a $37 million increase in membership fees.

Total current assets also increased to $18.57 billion.

Wall Street analysts polled by FactSet expected Q1 profits of $1.19 a share on revenue of $28.3 billion. In after-hours trading Costco’s NASDAQ stock traded down slightly to $153 per share.

Issaquah-based Costco operates 723 warehouses, including 506 in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Mophie Introduces Juice Pack cases for iPhone 7 And 7 Plus

BY Gina Acosta

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — The No. 1 selling mobile battery case brand in the U.S. has unveiled new products designed for the multitasking consumer. 

Mophie will launch a Juice Pack air case for iPhone 7 and  Juice Pack air case for iPhone 7 Plus. More than just extra battery power and reliable protection, these latest models are accompanied by a range of new features, including wireless charging.

Designed to match the slim hand feel of mophie's most compact  Juice Pack cases to-date, the  Juice Pack air for iPhone 7 is equipped with a 2,525mAh battery for more than 27 total hours of talk time at the push of a button. The  Juice Pack air for iPhone 7 Plus includes a 2,420mAh battery for more than 33 total hours of talk time.

Signature protection features include rubberized support pads and raised corners to safeguard screens from drops and scratches.

The  Juice Pack air for iPhone 7 and  Juice Pack air for 7 Plus will be available at retailer nationwide for an SRP of $99.95 each and come in a variety of colors including black, gold, rose gold, navy blue, and red. 
 

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