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Dollar Tree continues growth, expands distribution center

BY Jason Owen

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — "Dollar Tree has grown steadily for 26 years,” said Bob Sasser, president and CEO of Dollar Tree. That steady growth has led Dollar Tree to expand its Marietta, Okla. distribution center by 400,000 sq. ft., the company announced.

The facility in Marietta opened in 2003 and is currently 603,000 sq. ft. This facility supplies products to our stores across eleven states, including all of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, and portions of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

Construction on the expansion is scheduled to start in February 2013 and should be completed in the autumn of 2013. The total cost of the expansion is expected to be approximately $25 million, financed by Dollar Tree using available cash.

"The expansion of our Marietta Distribution Center is consistent with our long-standing practice of building infrastructure to support future growth of our business. The additional capacity will allow Dollar Tree to continue to expand its reach and provide more value to more customers throughout the region,” Sasser added.

More than 100 full time positions will be created as a result of the expansion.

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Rite Aid announces 50th anniversary customer appreciation savings

BY Jason Owen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid announced a special series of 50th Anniversary customer appreciation savings as the culmination of RA50, its 50th anniversary celebration, which began last September. By participating in the sales events running through early March, customers can receive up to $100 in additional +UP Rewards on top of the savings they already earn through their wellness+ membership.

SVP marketing John Learish explained that the new sales events complete the company’s plan for celebrating its 50th anniversary. “We wanted RA50 to be a way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers, communities and associates for their support over the past 50 years. Our 50th Anniversary Sales Events, which offer up to $100 in additional +UP Rewards, is the perfect way to thank our most valuable customers.”

Customers can make multiple visits and purchases during each sales period to reach the reward thresholds. They can track their progress by checking their receipts or logging into their wellness+ dashboard on RiteAid.com. Participating items will be listed in a brochure available in stores, on Rite Aid’s website and on Rite Aid’s Facebook page. Participating items also will be identified by special signs at the shelf. All purchases must be made with a wellness+ card, Rite Aid’s free customer loyalty program

Rite Aid launched RA50 on Sept. 12 with the first of 50 acts of wellness in 12 markets across the country. From holding free diabetes screenings for high-risk populations and providing cribs to new mothers to stocking school nurses’ offices or relief centers in disaster-stricken areas, Rite Aid partnered with local organizations to address each community’s most pressing health and wellness needs. Rite Aid associates also volunteered nearly 10,000 hours of community service during this time in a wide variety of local activities.

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Zak Designs expands eco-friendly options

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs is looking to expand its environmental commitment by launching a new line of dinnerware, serveware and kitchen prep items, all made from recycled melamine. The Sprinkles collection uses the same patented process Zak used in its best-selling, upscale Confetti collection, allowing the company to offer the same environmentally friendly products to the mass market.

Zak’s Sprinkles line features a complete selection of dinnerware, serveware and kitchen prep products, from serving trays and appetizer plates to nested mixing bowls and egg trays. All of the items have a unique look featuring modern lines and stylish shapes and come in five distinctive colors to coordinate with all of Zak’s everyday tableware and drinkware lines, increasing the versatility of the line.

The patented recycled melamine is produced by adding formaldehyde to melamine to produce a melamine resin, a durable, flame-resistant plastic used in Formica, laminate flooring, dry erase boards and, of course, dinnerware.

Whether using Zak’s new products alone or mixing and matching with other Zak lines, the Sprinkles collection allows consumers to not only showcase their style, but also their priority to be environmentally conscious.

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A.MARIUS says:
Sep-07-2013 08:55 am

I am glad when I hear that a company expands eco-friendly options, Zak Designs had a very good idea to create kitchen prep items from recycled melamine. I saw a couple of their products when I was shopping for a bathroom vanity, I hired the Bathroom Remodeling Baltimore team and needed to find some bathroom furniture.

S.Morgan says:
Mar-04-2013 02:31 am

Zak designs are amazing and they have done great by considering Eco friendly products which would protect our environment and at the same time look stylish and modern. This really is a great step towards having Eco friendly environment. Kitchen Remodeling

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