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Giant-Carlisle marks 90th anniversary

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores turned 90 Friday, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said.

The supermarket banner, which operates nearly 200 stores under the Giant and Martin’s Food Markets brands in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, marked its 90th anniversary Friday morning at a store in its hometown of Carlisle, Pa. Customers at all the company’s 200 stores will receive free slices of cake and free apple slices Friday.

 

 

 

 

L-R: Joe Marsicano, aide to state Sen. Pat Vance; Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Bloom; Giant-Carlisle president Rick Herring, president; Pennsylvania secretary of agriculture George Greig; Carlisle mayor Bill Kronenberg; and Vivian Sheck, Project SHARE.

"Since Giant-Martin’s was founded in Carlisle on Oct. 4, 1923, our commitment to being a good neighbor has been unwavering," Giant-Carlisle president Rick Herring said. "We celebrate with and wish all our associates a happy 90th birthday."

During the time leading up to the anniversary, the company spent 90 days donating to local charitable organizations, including a $9,000 donation to Project SHARE, a local group that provides food and nutrition education assistance. In total, the company donated $81,000 to nine regional food banks.

"Our 90 days of giving enabled us to give back to our local communities and exemplified the enthusiastic and generous spirit of our associates, who we view as our best community ambassadors," Herring said.

David Javitch founded the chain in 1923 when he opened a two-man butcher shop called the Carlisle Meat Market. A decade later, Javitch purchased a store in Lewistown, Pa., and renamed it the Giant Shopping Food Center, introducing the new concept of dry goods and perishables under one roof. Growth continued, and the company purchased the Hagerstown, Md.-based Martin’s chain in 1970. The Javitch family sold the company to Ahold in 1981.

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Retail health clinics to be a focus at Forbes’ second annual Health Summit in NYC

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — As retail-based health clinics increasingly illustrate the important role they plan in today’s U.S. healthcare system, Forbes is gearing up for its second annual Healthcare Summit in New York City Oct. 9 to 10.

The two-day event, hosted by Steve Forbes at the Lincoln Center, will bring together leaders from a wide spectrum of disciplines in the healthcare industry.

Among those presenting at the event will be Andrew Sussman, SVP and associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark, as well as president of MinuteClinic, who will be among those participating in the panel discussion, “The Walk-In Clinic Revolution.”

Also participating in the event will be panelist Traver Hutchins, CEO of ASAP Urgent Care, who will discuss the growth of the urgent care segment.

 

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Publix makes move into two South Carolina markets — Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Thursday announced it will enter the North Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, S.C., markets with two stores. 

The first lease is for North Myrtle Beach located in the Coastal North Town Center. The store will be a 49,000-sq.-ft. Publix supermarket and is expected to open in late 2014. 

The second lease is for Pawleys Island in the Pawleys Island Plaza. The store, part of a redevelopment of an existing shopping center, will be a 45,000-sq.-ft. Publix supermarket and is expected to open in early 2015. 

“On the heels of our continued expansion in North Carolina, we are excited to offer our associates growth opportunities and bring new jobs to the area,” stated Chuck Roskovich, Publix divisional VP. “We look forward to providing South Carolina residents and visitors alike with the high-quality service, products and active community involvement that Publix has become known for in our areas of operation and beyond.” 

The grand opening dates for both locations will depend on several factors, including permitting and completion of the store’s construction.

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