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Hallmark offers dad-positive Father’s Day cards

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Apparently, some dads don’t find Father’s Day cards poking fun at stereotypes about them funny.

Hallmark Cards is marketing cards with the positive messages for this year’s Father’s Day after complaints that cards often portray fathers as slobs.

Cards that emphasize dad’s love of beer drinking, snoring and inability to give up the TV remote will still be on sale, but so will cards with the sorts of messages more common on Mother’s Day cards.

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Tesco Fresh & Easy rolling out 250 new products

BY Doug Desjardins

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Tesco Fresh & Easy is adding more than 250 products to the chain’s already large private label offering as it fine tunes stores during a 90-day break on expansion that began in early April. New products include more fresh prepared meals, juices and meats.

One new product already in stores is the Mixed Grill Pack, which retails for $9.99 and contains four sausages, four beef patties, four chicken thighs and four drumsticks. Other products are due to arrive in stores over the next two months. The chain also plans to add brighter signs and other new merchandising elements in its next store opening on July 2 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Fresh & Easy chief executive officer Tim Mason said in a statement that the chain is adding new products in response to feedback from customers. “We continue to listen to our customers and look for ways to make their shopping trip even better.”

Tesco currently has 61 stores in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix and expects to have up to 200 by 2009.

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Former Starbucks ceo Donald appointed to Rite Aid board

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid’s Board of Directors Wednesday morning announced the appointment of Jim Donald, former president and chief executive officer of Starbucks, to the board.

Donald will fill the seat on the 14-member board vacated by Robert Mariano, who was elected in June 2006 for a three-year term and has resigned, the company reported.

Donald, 54, joined Starbucks in October 2002 as president, North America, where he managed business development and operations for all Starbuck stores in the U.S. and Canada and in March 2005, was promoted to president and chief executive officer. During his tenure, the company grew to more than 15,000 stores in 43 countries. Prior to joining Starbucks, Donald served from 1996 to 2002 as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pathmark Stores, an East Coast regional supermarket chain.

His more than 30 years in retailing includes being handpicked by Sam Walton to help lead Wal-Mart’s development and expansion of the Wal-Mart Super Center, where he oversaw all merchandising, distribution, store design and real estate operations from 1991 to 1994. He has also served in a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s and Safeway, where he had a reputation for improving the financial performance of stores under his supervision.

Donald’s term will expire at the company’s annual meeting in June 2009, at which time he is expected to stand for re-election.

Donald received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Century University in Albuquerque, N.M.

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