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Donations for Fresh & Easy’s Shop for Schools program nearly double

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy said its third annual fundraising program for schools garnered more than $1.3 million.

For every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store from Sept. 15 through Dec. 31, 2010, participating schools in the retailer’s Shop for Schools program received a $1 donation. In addition to collecting receipts, registered schools also could participate in Shopping Nights, which provided an opportunity to raise even more money.

Shop for Schools was launched as a pilot program in spring 2009, raising more than $130,000 for schools in California, Nevada and Arizona. Fresh & Easy brought the program back in fall 2009, raising another $670,000 for local schools.

Fresh & Easy said it will bring the program back in the fall.

"Shop for Schools is much more than just a fundraising program — it is a great way for us to connect directly with parents and teachers to work on the issues that are important for our neighbors," said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. "We are thrilled to see such an increase in participation and interest in the program this year, and we know next year’s program will be a success with even more partnership with our neighbors."

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The Little Clinic names new chief medical officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. ­— The Little Clinic has announced the appointment of Kenneth Patric as its new chief medical officer, providing medical oversight and management, and overseeing the development and implementation, of new clinical programs and initiatives for The Little Clinic on a national level.

"Dr. Patric brings both administrative and clinical experience to our company," stated Mike Stoll, CEO for The Little Clinic. "He understands the value of retail healthcare in today’s marketplace and will ensure that we continue to offer consumers an affordable, high-quality experience."

Patric joins The Little Clinic with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including 15 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee where he began in 1994 as associate medical director and ended as VP and chief medical officer of Commercial Markets in 2009. He has most recently served as a staff physician at the Center for Family Medicine by Physicians Care in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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A&P to sell 25 Superfresh stores

BY Gail Hoffer

MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P continues to implement its turnaround strategy with the announcement that it is filing a motion seeking court approval of bidding procedures to market and sell 25 Superfresh stores in two southern states and the District of Columbia.

A&P, which filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, earlier this year revealed plans to shutter 32 stores in six states and bolstered its merchandising and marketing team with the appointment of six new executives.

The 25 Superfresh locations to be put up for sale under the proposed bidding process include 22 in Maryland, two in Delaware and one in the District of Columbia. Any sales resulting from the proposed bidding process are expected to be completed by mid-June, subject to court approval, the company reported.

A&P president and CEO Sam Martin said, “The company has been working hard to implement our turnaround strategy since last year. As part of our ongoing review of our store footprint, we determined that these 25 Superfresh locations are outside A&P’s core market. While the decision to put these non-core stores up for sale will unfortunately impact some of our customers, partners, communities and associates, this is a necessary step in our efforts to restore the company to long-term financial health.”

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