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Marsh celebrates $2.5 million Indiana store remodel

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS Marsh Supermarkets plans to hold a citywide celebration Thursday of its $2.5-million Lafayette, Ind. store-remodeling program.

Three Marsh stores in Lafayette will join in the festivities, the grocer announced.

“We are pleased today to celebrate, with our Lafayette Marsh customers, city officials and Purdue dignitaries, the remodeling of our Lafayette store locations,” stated Marsh chairman, chief executive officer and president Frank Lazaran. “This Lafayette remodeling program is part of Marsh’s continuous improvement effort based on customer research and market data to guarantee Marsh customers have a superlative shopping experience.”

Representatives from Purdue University, the Mayor’s office and The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will take part in the ribbon cuttings this morning at both the Teal Road Store and the West Lafayette store. The West Lafayette store has a Purdue motif, complete with memorabilia, photos and sports items reflecting the pride of Purdue University. The stores on Teal Road and State Road 26, both stores with pharmacies, will also have Purdue pictures and memorabilia.

Marsh’s comprehensive Lafayette store strategy includes the introduction of its new format, Marsh Hometown Market. All three stores will convert to the Marsh Hometown Market Banner and be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“The three locations will offer significant improvements to the facilities with added emphasis on fresh produce, meat, and seafood, to provide the level of customer service our customers have come to expect from us,” Lazaran said. “Marsh Hometown Markets will provide a combination of Marsh quality perishables and cost-saving specials and will be easy to shop compared to larger mega-stores.”

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DePetris named GMDC director of wellness programs

BY Michael Johnsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. GMDC on Monday named Christopher DePetris its director of wellness programs, who will be tasked with continuing to advance GMDC’s leadership position in wellness in the general merchandise and health beauty wellness supplier, wholesale and retailing industries.

“[Chris’s] knowledge and vision for consumer driven health and wellness retail solutions and extensive contacts within the retail and supplier communities that are driving innovation within the categories will be of tremendous value to the GMDC membership,” stated Dave McConnell, GMDC president and chief executive officer. “We feel that Chris’s addition to the staff provides GMDC with an executive whose primary focus will be on supporting the development of innovative programs, consumer and business insights and wellness-focused education and training that will clearly demonstrate GMDC’s commitment to being an industry leader in this exploding retail opportunity.”

DePetris joins GMDC from Wild Oats (now Whole Foods), where he was director of the holistic health department. While at Wild Oats, DePetris also served as national category manager of dietary supplements.

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Walgreens rolling first store into D.C.

BY Jim Frederick

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreen Co. will take the wraps off its first store in the District of Columbia with a grand opening March 6.

The chain, whose 6,179 stores now extend to 49 states and Puerto Rico, will host a special ceremony at 10 a.m. to mark its first drug store in Washington, DC. In a statement, the company called the event “an important milestone” for the chain, which is rapidly expanding its presence up and down the densely populated mid-Atlantic corridor.

“With the opening of this new 24-hour store, Walgreens now serves residents of every major metropolitan area in the country,” noted a company spokesperson.

Walgreens’ first DC store—many more will follow, if the company follows its standard operating model—is located at the intersection of 22nd Street and M Street in the heart of the city. Hosting the ribbon-cutting will be Kermit Crawford, Walgreen senior vice president of pharmacy services.

The event will also feature demonstrations of Walgreens pharmacy services and technology by Phil Burgess, national director of pharmacy affairs. The store will also introduce Washington consumers to a full range of recent Walgreens in-store innovations, including coffee and fountain drinks from Cafe W, printer cartridge refills, DHL shipping services, Walgreens.com photofinishing tools and prestige beauty products including the “European Beauty Collection,” “Yes To Carrots” and the new Chemisty and Sally Hershberger hair care lines.

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