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Harris Teeter and MillerCoors donate holiday meals to 400 military families served by Operation Homefront

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter and MillerCoors on Tuesday donated holiday meals to 400 military families served by Operation Homefront. Murphy-Goode also donated $6,000 in Harris Teeter gift cards to Operation Homefront; the gift cards will be used by military families to purchase holiday meals. 

Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.  

The donation took place at the DC Armory; Operation Homefront coordinated the Thanksgiving meal distribution event and also identified the recipients of the gift card donation.

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Reports: Starbucks converts Swiss rail car into full-service cafe

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — In many cities, it sometimes seems as though there’s a Starbucks on every street corner, but a new frontier for the Seattle-based coffee chain is now on track — literally.

The Seattle Times reported that Starbucks had partnered with Swiss rail operator SBB to convert a car into a cafe on wheels. The Starbucks car operates on a train that runs between Geneva and St. Gallen, 222 miles away, at 120 miles per hour. The newspaper noted that the chain has used "unorthodox" means to connect to consumers, including opening a drive-through cafe in Tukwila, Wash., made from old cargo containers.

The Swiss on-board cafe occupies both floors of a bilevel car and seeks to recreate the typical experience of a Starbucks store.

Retailers in the United States have sought to connect with consumers in their own ways, such as Ahold’s installation of virtual supermarkets in commuter rail stations in Chicago and the Northeast.

 

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Schnucks stores perishable, frozen foods for Midwest storm victims

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Schnuck Markets is offering to store perishable foods for people who have lost power due to the large storm outbreak that hit the Midwest over the weekend, the supermarket chain said in announcements on its Facebook page.

The chain is offering emergency refrigeration at some of its stores in the St. Louis area, as well as the Illinois towns of Pekin and Peoria. The company said items had to be stored in coolers, containers or bags, sealed and with people’s names and phone numbers attached.

According to published reports, at least eight people are dead in what some are calling the worst storm outbreak in a century. On Sunday, powerful storms swept throughout the Midwest, causing nearly 80 tornadoes, mostly in Illinois, and damage that could be as high as $1 billion. Washington, Ill., about 140 mi. from Chicago, suffered severe damage from an EF4 tornado, which NBC News reported was the worst November tornado in that far north a location in a century.

 

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