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Harris Teeter acquires six Piggly Wiggly locations, and one future location, in the Charleston, S.C., market

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — On the same day Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 22 Piggly Wiggly locations, Harris Teeter Supermarkets also acquired six Piggly Wiggly locations as well as one future location all in the Charleston, S.C., area. 

The transaction is expected to be completed in October 2013. Harris Teeter plans to close the acquired stores for three to four days for stocking and training of employees. The pharmacies at the acquired stores will remain open throughout the transition, the grocer announced. 

"Piggly Wiggly has a long tradition of operating customer-friendly stores in Charleston," stated Thomas Dickson, chairman and CEO, Harris Teeter. "These store locations and the dedicated associates who work in them make this an especially attractive transaction for Harris Teeter. We plan to remodel and expand a number of these locations to create brand new Harris Teeter stores to serve our customers," he said. "Charleston is a growing and vibrant market, and we look forward to continuing to expand our presence in the region."


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Bi-Lo Holdings acquires 22 Piggly Wigglys across South Carolina, Georgia

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings on Thursday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to acquire 22 Piggly Wiggly stores with approximately 1,200 store employees in South Carolina and coastal Georgia.  

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We look forward to welcoming these new associates to the Bi-Lo Holdings family and to building on the strength of these stores," stated Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. "We will continue to fine-tune our company and network of stores so that we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers — the freshest foods, the best deals and really connecting to their neighborhoods."

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the transaction, the acquired stores will be rebranded under the BI-LO banner name.


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Walgreens raised more than $4.6 million to support Type 1 diabetes research in July

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Throughout the month of July, customers of Walgreens helped raise more than $4.6 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. 

"We are grateful to Walgreens for its exceptional support of our mission, and we thank all of its customers for making such a positive impact on our research programs and helping the millions of people affected by Type 1 diabetes," Jeffery Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF, stated. "For more than two decades, Walgreens has been a dedicated corporate participant, and JDRF is pleased to work with a company that is helping to lessen the impact of Type 1 diabetes until we find a cure."

"Walgreens’ Way to Well Commitment is dedicated to providing resources that help with the prevention and detection of today’s leading diseases," said Jack Cantlin, divisional VP retail clinical services for Walgreens. "We’d like to thank our customers for their contributions and aligned efforts to help people get, stay and live well."

JDRF and Walgreens are teaming up again this fall to give JDRF supporters the chance to support T1D research when they get their flu shots. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, Walgreens will donate $1 to JDRF for each flu shot administered when a customer presents the JDRF/Walgreens flyer at checkout. Walgreens has committed a minimum of $25,000 to this program, with a maximum of $100,000.

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