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Fred’s Super Dollar reports slight gains for November

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Super Dollar on Wednesday reported a 1% increase in total sales, to $151.5 million, for the four weeks ended Nov. 30. Comparable-store sales for the month were flat versus a decline of 3.6% in the same period last year.

"The environment was as competitive as expected, and the later Thanksgiving holiday had a negative impact on sales," noted Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. "As anticipated, our pharmacy department continued to perform well during the month," he said.  

"Entering December, our stores are in great shape from a merchandise and operational execution standpoint," Efird added. 

During the month, Fred’s opened one store and closed four stores and one Xpress pharmacy location.

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EPA highlights Target’s carbon-reduction efforts in PSA program

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Target for its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, the agency said.

According to the EPA, Target’s technology center engineering team singlehandedly reduced the company’s carbon emissions by 18,000 tons since 2006 and is committed to having 75% of Target buildings certified by the agency’s Energy Star program by 2016.

The EPA is featuring the Minneapolis-based mass merchandise retailer alongside BNY Mellon and RagingWire in a series of public service announcements available on its website, as well as a case study of the company’s efforts.

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Meijer to donate up to $10,000 to diaper banks

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer will donate up to $10,000 to benefit three diaper banks in the Midwest, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

Meijer, which operates more than 200 stores around the Midwest and also Kentucky, said Huggies also would donate 150,000 diapers, sufficient to provide for up to 25,000 babies for a day, to the National Diaper Bank Network during the holiday season as part of the Huggies Every Little Bottom program. Meijer plans to donate $1 for every package of Huggies diapers sold, for up to $10,000. According to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics, 1-in-3 mothers in the United States struggles with diapering her child.

"We understand that buying diapers can be a burden for some of our customers, especially during the holiday season," Meijer group VP softlines Lynn Hempe said. "We’re supporting the Huggies Every Little Bottom program this season to help ease that stress so babies have the diapers they need."

 

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