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Kimberly-Clark joins AAFES on ‘spring cleaning’ sweepstakes for military shoppers

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Kimberly-Clark are teaming up to give away 10 $1,000 gift cards in the "Spruce Up Your Space" sweepstakes.
 
“With spring cleaning in full swing, an extra $1,000 can go a long way to getting the house in order for the summer,” said the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. “Shoppers just need to visit their Exchange during the contest and simply fill out an entry form for a shot at the shopping spree.”
 
From April 6 to 12, Exchanges everywhere, including facilities in Europe and the Pacific, will have entry forms available for the "Spruce Up Your Space" sweepstakes. Winners will be selected on or about May 21, the military retailer noted.

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Fred’s CEO: March dollar sales up but comps flat; pharmacy performing well

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s on Thursday reported total sales of $194 million for the five weeks ended March 31, up 3% from the year-ago period. Comparable-store sales for the month were flat versus an increase of 0.7% in the same period last year.

"As one would expect with warming weather, customers focused on seasonal product areas, and our Core 5 departments of pet, household supplies, and pharmacy continued to do well," Fred’s CEO Bruce Efird said. "Sales in our newer stores and pharmacies continued to perform ahead of our expectations in March. [And] our real estate team remains confident in its ability to hit our accelerated pace for new store openings this year."

Fred’s total sales for the first two months of fiscal 2012 increased 3% to $352.9 million. On a comparable-store basis, year-to-date sales decreased 0.4% versus a 0.7% increase for the year-earlier period.

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Food Lion kicks off annual Hunger Has a Cure campaign

BY DSN STAFF

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has launched its Hunger Has a Cure campaign to support Feeding America’s network of local food banks. The two-week campaign, which allows customers to donate in $1 or $3 increments at the register, runs through April 17. Customers may also donate any other amount of their choice.

"As a grocer, we want to help our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families," said Bill Garcia, manager of community relations for Food Lion. "During the summer months, food donations typically drop while hunger needs increase. Funds raised through this two-week campaign will help close the gap and provide critical assistance to families in need."

Customers can support the Hunger Has a Cure campaign by adding a monetary donation of their choice to their total grocery bill at the register. These funds will then be donated to Feeding America, which is able to help provide eight meals per every $1 donated. All Food Lion stores are participating in the campaign.

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