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Giant Food donates funds to schools through A+ School Rewards program

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food is donating nearly $2 million to schools in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia as part of its 2010-2011 A+ School Rewards program, the Royal Ahold banner said Wednesday.

The program, which has operated for 22 years, allows customers to support school programs every time they use their Giant card at a Giant Food store.

“Since 1989, Giant has awarded more than $83 million to schools across the Mid-Atlantic region through A+,” Giant-Landover public and community relations manager Jamie Miller said. “We’re very proud to support more than 2,200 local schools and give back to the communities we’re so privileged to serve.”

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Giant-Carlisle opens gas station near store

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Royal Ahold banner Giant-Carlisle has opened a new gas station near a store in Lancaster, Pa., the supermarket chain said.

The company opened the station on Thursday morning, within walking distance of the Giant Food Store on Centerville Road.

The gas station features a new, 1,000-sq.-ft. “grab and go” kiosk, which will offer products for motorists, such as chilled beverages, coffee, snacks, car products, a lottery machine, an ATM and Giant-brand milk and bread.

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Delhaize Group elects new members to board

BY Allison Cerra

BRUSSELS — The Belgium-based parent company of Delhaize America, which operates such banners as Food Lion and Harveys in the United States, has elected new members to its board of directors.

Delhaize Group on Thursday confirmed that its shareholders approved Hugh Farrington as director for a term of three years, as well as Jacques de Vaucleroy and Baron Vansteenkiste as independent directors for a term of four years each. What’s more, shareholders also approved the appointment of Jean-Pierre Hansen, William McEwan and Mats Jansson as independent directors for a term of three years.

Additionally, Delhaize Group’s president and CEO, Pierre-Olivier Beckers, confirmed the earlier-announced capital expenditures and network expansion guidance for the full year 2011.

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