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H-E-B gets hip over the weekend with Saturday in-store dance break for heart health

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — More than 25,000 Texans, consisting of H-E-B customers and employees, broke out into an impromptu four-minute dance break in support of American Heart Month across H-E-B on Saturday, the grocer announced.

A number of nonprofit and community organizations in each market also joined in the fun and were encouraged to get their hearts pumping by dancing in honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day. “The purpose of the ‘dance break’ was to illustrate how fun and simple fitness can be,” stated Craig Boyan, president of H-E-B. “Health experts recommend that one of the best ways to fight heart disease is by adding exercise to your weekly routine.”

The dance break also was in conjunction with the company’s “Healthy at H-E-B” initiative, a comprehensive, long-term commitment to improve the health of Texans and provide them with fresh, healthy food that is affordable and easy to prepare. “Healthy at H-E-B” includes special offers on healthy food, fitness groups, events and competitions organized around the three critical pillars of health — food, body and life.

“Texas is facing a health crisis,” Boyan said. “The prevalence of obese and overweight adults has doubled in the last two decades. H-E-B wants to reverse this trend and help millions of Texans adopt and stick to a healthy lifestyle.”

After the dance break, customers were encouraged to stay and learn more about protecting and improving their heart health at the free “Second Saturday” screenings taking place in store pharmacies.

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Weis to buy three Genuardi’s from Safeway

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase three Pennsylvania-based Genuardi’s stores from Safeway.

"We’re extremely pleased to be adding these stores to our store base," Weis Markets president and CEO David Hepfinger said.  "We look forward to serving these communities as the lead local merchant as we have in 33 counties throughout central, eastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We will also be reaching out to the associates of these stores to discuss employment with our company."

The stores will continue to operate as Genuardi’s prior to the completion of the sale.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Safeway said it was exiting the Philadelphia market with the sale of 16 of its Genuardi’s stores in the greater Philadelphia area to Giant Food Stores, a division of Ahold USA.

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Weis Markets’ 2011 sales up 5% despite slow recovery

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday reported an increase in 2011 sales of 5% to $2.8 billion.

Weis said its comparable sales for the calendar year also were up, increasing 4.2% for 2011, compared with the year-ago period.

"Our organization generated strong results for the year in a market clearly impacted by the slow recovery and continuing high unemployment," Weis Markets president and CEO David Hepfinger said. "We continue to benefit from our record level cap ex investments in our store base, improved efficiencies and operating discipline in the overall management of our stores, strong increases in our sales per customer and more comprehensive sales building programs during key holiday periods, particularly in the fourth quarter."

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