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Jewel-Osco kicks off celebrations for Black History Month

BY Michael Johnsen

ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco on Wednesday announced that they will celebrate Black History Month with the company’s 14th annual "A Taste of Black History" program, which honors the contributions and achievements of the retailer’s African-American vendor partners.

"’Taste of Black History’ gives us an opportunity to thank our African-American vendors for everything they do for our company and our customers," stated Brian Huff, Jewel-Osco president. "This outstanding group of business men and women plays an important role in our success, and we hope consumers realize that when they purchase African-American vendor products, they are supporting these wonderful entrepreneurs."

The initiative kicked off on Thursday with a VIP shopping event for customers featuring customer tasting events. The kickoff event also will feature live music by Chicago band Zzaje’ and an appearance by celebrity chef Josh Marks, who was the runner-up on the third season of the FOX reality cooking show "MasterChef." Marks, now the national spokesman for Jewel-Osco African-American vendor Real Men Cook, will prepare dishes for customers to sample and will be available for pictures and autographs. 

In addition, the retailer will donate a total of $10,000 to three community organizations, including Chicago’s St. Felicitas Church Food Pantry and Grant A Wish Food Pantry, which were chosen for their commitment to hunger relief. ­Customers will help select a third donation recipient by casting votes for their favorite African-American vendor products during the kickoff event. Jewel-Osco will provide the third contribution to the charity selected by the brand that receives the most customer votes.


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Dollar General to open 635 new stores in 2013

BY Alaric DeArment

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is adding 635 new stores and relocating 550 this year, the dollar store chain said.

"Dollar General’s continued growth reflects our customers’ increasing satisfaction with our everyday low prices and convenience," Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said. "Further, 2013 will mark another growth milestone as we plan to open the organization’s 11,000th store before the year’s end when we will begin our 75th anniversary in 2014."

The chain also is participating in proactive hiring initiatives such as Paychecks for Patriots in order to provide jobs for veterans and resolve the challenges of unemployment that often face them.


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Rite Aid raises more than $590k for United Way

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has raised nearly $600,000 for a United Way chapter in Pennsylvania, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company announced that employees in its corporate offices around the greater Harrisburg, Pa., area had raised $590,159 during its fundraising campaign for United Way of the Capital Region, for a total of nearly $5.8 million since 2002. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital, is near the company’s headquarters in Camp Hill, Pa.

"One of our company’s core values is to be a caring neighbor, involved in the communities we serve in meaningful ways," Rite Aid chairman, president and CEO John Standley said. "I’m proud of how our associates took our compaign theme, ‘Give and Live United,’ to heart and raised an amazing amount of money to help those in their own backyard who need it the most."


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