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Evander Holyfield to make two appearances as part of Jewel-Osco’s ‘A Taste of Black History’ program

BY Michael Johnsen

ITASCA, Ill. — Evander Holyfield, the only five-time world heavyweight champion, will greet Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco customers and boxing fans during appearances at two of the retailer’s Chicago stores. Holyfield will be the special guest at free food sampling events on Feb. 16 and 17 that will be held as part of Jewel-Osco’s ongoing “A Taste of Black History” program, a month-long initiative that recognizes the retailer’s African-American vendor partners. 

Holyfield’s “Real Deal” BBQ sauce is sold at select Jewel-Osco stores, and the boxing champion will autograph a bottle of his sauce for every six bottles sold. In addition, consumers at both events can enjoy free samples of many of Jewel-Osco’s other African-American vendor products.

 


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Target, Mindless Behavior partner in lyric-writing contest

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has a deal with pop music group Mindless Behavior to let fans write lyrics for the band, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

The contest, called "Your Lyrics, Their Voices," gives fans the opportunity to write their own song lyrics for a verse of a special fan edition of the title track for the album "All Around the World."

The winning fan will travel to Los Angeles to meet the band and attend the "All Around the World" movie premiere. The deluxe exclusive edition of the album sold at Target will also have four additional tracks: "Lookin For Ya," "Bang Bang Bang," "Your Favorite Song" and "House Party."


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Meijer to build six new stores, remodel five in 2013

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer plans to invest more than $160 million to build six new stores and remodel five in 2013, the mass merchandise retailer announced Wednesday.

The company said the new stores will be in Swartz Creek, Mich.; Detroit; Portage, Ind.; Warsaw, Ind.; Danville, Ill.; and Evergreen Park, Ill. The remodel projects include stores in Lansing, Taylor, Flint and Grand Rapids, Mich., and Springfield, Ill. The company currently operates 199 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

"We will continue our process of slow, steady growth," co-CEO and co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "This has allowed us to focus on our customers and team members while supporting the communities where they work and live."

The remodel projects include indoor and outdoor enhancements such as lighting, heating, refrigeration. The company said the introduction of newer technology during the process will result in reduced energy usage and more energy-efficient stores.


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