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Duane Reade partners with Coupons.com

BY Antoinette Alexander

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Coupons.com, a provider of interactive coupons solutions, has announced that Duane Reade now is offering printable online coupons on its Web site at Duanereade.com.

Coupons.com is powering the new coupon gallery, which offers nearly $60 in savings on staples from soup and cereal to vitamins and pet food. How it works: Consumers browse the available offers, click to “clip” the ones they want, then print the coupons and redeem them at checkout.

“New York City residents are some of the savviest and most trend-setting shoppers around, and we know they are sticklers when it comes to stretching their dollars,” stated Steven Boal, CEO of Coupons.com. “Partnering with Duane Reade helps New Yorkers remain on the vanguard of one of the biggest savings trends we?ve seen in recent years ­ the adoption of online couponing as part of everyday budgeting.”

New York City residents printed approximately 15 million dollars worth of online coupons through the Coupons.com network in 2009.

Internet couponing is becoming an increasingly popular way for consumers to save on purchases. In 2009, online coupon redemption increased 30%, according to Manhattan-based Scarborough Research. In the New York metropolitan area, 20% of adults are using Internet or e-mail coupons and now shoppers have even more opportunities to save with digital coupons.

Coupons.com currently powers online coupon galleries for other retailers, including CVS, Kmart, Safeway and Walgreens. In 2010, Coupons.com expects to add additional retailers to its partner network.

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Meijer introduces new store format in Chicago suburb

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Meijer is focusing on innovation with the opening of a new, smaller format, grocery-focused store in Niles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

The new Meijer in Niles, which opens after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, is about half the size of most Meijer supercenters at 102,000 sq. ft.  The store is grocery- and pharmacy-focused, while still providing some general merchandise offerings. The Niles Meijer will be the 12th Meijer store in suburban Chicago.

The new store will feature many grocery items geared toward the diverse community that surrounds it.

“For several years, we have worked hard throughout the Midwest to offer specific grocery items that are relevant to the unique customer base in the communities we service,” Meijer president Mark Murray said. “The Niles community is represented by a variety of cultures, and we are thrilled to be able to serve such a diverse community.”

Meijer also announced plans to expand this new concept in the Chicago area by building a second grocery-focused store in Orland Park, Ill. Construction of the planned store will begin in the coming weeks and includes a full renovation of a currently vacant retail site. The opening of the Orland Park Meijer is currently planned for later this year and will create up to 150 new jobs inside the store.

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Price Chopper cuts into Conn. market with new store

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Price Chopper has plans to open a new store in Middletown, Conn., the family-owned supermarket chain announced last week.

The 60,00- sq.-ft. supermarket pharmacy will be the eighth in Connecticut and the 120th in New England when it opens this summer, the company said.

“The city is extremely pleased to welcome Price Chopper to our community,” Middletown mayor Sebastian Giuliano said in a statement. “Not only are they great corporate citizens, but they also bring a reputation for quality products at great prices.”

The company plans to “meet or exceed” the U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards to minimize the store’s effects on the local environment and natural resources.

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