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Former Longs Drug executive joins RadioShack

BY Doug Desjardins

FORT WORTH, Texas RadioShack has named former Longs Drug executive Phyllis Proffer as its new vice president of investor relations.

In her new position, Proffer will oversee all investor relations operations. Proffer most recently served as vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for Longs Drug.

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Hallmark rolls out same-sex marriage cards

BY Doug Desjardins

PORTLAND, Ore. Hallmark is rolling out a new line of greeting cards for same-sex weddings. The company said it made the decision after California passed a law allowing gay weddings, joining Massachusetts and Hawaii.

A Hallmark spokeswoman said the company’s goal is “to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can.” The four-card line features images like overlapping tuxedos and intertwined flowers but has neutral language inside. One research group estimates there will be an estimated 120,000 same-sex weddings in California over the next three years, providing a large customer base for the cards.

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Ahold unveils new-look logo for Stop & Shop, Giant stores

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. Stop & Shop’s long-standing logo will soon become a thing of the past.

The supermarket chain announced Thursday that it would redesign its logo and introduce new in-store features and technologies, saying it would “offer a peek into the grocery store of the future.” The changes will appear throughout the chain over the next year.

New technologies will include a hand-held scanning device that allows customers to scan and bag groceries while they shop, stations in the produce department for pricing and bagging fruits and vegetables and ordering kiosks in the deli section.

Another banner, Landover, Md.-based Giant Food, is also making changes, altering its logo and rolling out new store offerings. The changes will take place over the next two or three years; the first store affected will be in Bethesda, Md.

The Dutch company Ahold operates both chains. Giant Food operates 181 stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Stop & Shop, based in Quincy, Mass., operates stores throughout New York, New Jersey and the New England states.

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