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Jewel-Osco commemorates grand re-opening of 18 stores with donations

BY Antoinette Alexander

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has completed 18 remodeled stores, which feature an expanded variety of the fresh produce, meat and seafood.  


“Jewel-Osco is committed to delivering a shopping experience that exceeds the expectations of all local customers,” stated Jewel-Osco, president William Emmons.  “These redesigned stores bring a reinvigorated look to our customers, while offering a fresh, new feel to their shopping experience. Jewel-Osco has invested millions of dollars in these stores to show our customers that Jewel-Osco is the number one grocery retailer in the Chicagoland area. Not only have we invested in the store itself, the remodels have also created hundreds of jobs within these stores. We look forward to continuing to provide our neighbors with fresh, quality products and outstanding service they expect from Jewel-Osco.”

To commemorate the occasion, Jewel-Osco will make donations to two local organizations at each store. The company will recognize local schools, food pantries, and other non-for profit organizations with $1,000 donations, respectively.





Virtually every department received fresh updates in the remodels. Equipped with new self-service salad bars, the produce departments are destinations in and of themselves, with a variety of changes including new juice bars, expanded cut fruit sections and freshly made guacamole. The bakery departments are now equipped with new cases that offer several types of fruit tarts, truffles, Eli’s cheesecakes, fudge fantasy brownies and a wide variety of other confectionary treats. With expanded prepared hot and cold food sections, the delis are equipped with carving stations and offer Dietz and Watson sandwiches and wraps made fresh every day. The refreshed meat and seafood departments include hand trimmed as well as natural and antibiotic-free chicken, fresh seafood that can be seasoned and steamed without an additional cost and a live lobster tanks.



The grand re-openings are just the beginning of what’s to come for the company. Jewel-Osco is still underway with remodels in stores across the Chicagoland area and will be transitioning their newly acquired Dominick’s locations in mid-January, the company stated.

 

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Safeway names new Eastern Division president

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Tuesday evening announced the appointment of Brian Baer to president of the company’s Eastern Division.

"Brian’s proven management skills and experience will serve our customer base well in the Eastern Division," stated Kelly Griffith, Safeway EVP retail operations.

Baer joined Safeway in 2001 as VP Finance for the company’s Phoenix division. In 2004, he became group VP of finance planning and analysis at the Safeway’s corporate headquarters. He joined the Dominick’s division as CFO in 2008, and was promoted to president of that division in 2011. 

Prior to joining Safeway, Baer spent more than 12 years with Marriott Corp. serving in various financial management positions in operations, corporate finance and real estate development.

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Orriginals Handcuffs line combines sweatshirts, gloves

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A Jamestown, N.D.-based company has a line of sweatshirts that include extendable cuffs that turn into fingerless gloves, and it’s looking for distributors and wholesalers.

Handcuffs, marketed by Orriginals, were introduced at the Magic apparel show in 1998 and have since found favor among such celebrities as Jay Leno, Garth Brooks and Rosie O’Donnell.

Products include crew-neck pullovers, hooded pullovers, hooded front-zip sweatshirts and turtlenecks. Suggested retail prices are $29 to $44 for adult garments and $24 to $30 for children’s garments.

 

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