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NCR brings DVD kiosks to Brookshire Grocery

BY Allison Cerra

DULUTH, Ga. NCR is gearing up to install Blockbuster Express-branded DVD-rental kiosks in a regional grocery store chain.

The kiosks will be installed in Brookshire Grocery stores throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. NCR anticipates fully deploying to the chain within the first three months of 2010.

NCR’s kiosks hold more than 900 DVDs, giving customers a great choice of new releases and classic titles. NCR began deploying Blockbuster Express kiosks in Brookshire Grocery in 2009, with about 100 kiosks installed at the chain at the end of the year.

“For more than 80 years, Brookshire Grocery has strived to give our customers a great shopping experience. Through our new relationship with NCR, we are able to give our customers the convenience and savings associated with BLOCKBUSTER Express DVD rentals,” said Don Gaynier, Brookshire Grocery. “We considered many of the leading DVD kiosk providers, and we were most impressed with NCR’s rapid growth in the space.”

No membership is required to rent a DVD at a Blockbuster Express kiosk – customers simply swipe their credit card and are charged $1 per night until they return the DVD. For a full list of titles available through Blockbuster Express kiosks, visit www.blockbusterexpress.com.

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Meijer introduces new store format in Chicago suburb

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Meijer is focusing on innovation with the opening of a new, smaller format, grocery-focused store in Niles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

The new Meijer in Niles, which opens after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, is about half the size of most Meijer supercenters at 102,000 sq. ft.  The store is grocery- and pharmacy-focused, while still providing some general merchandise offerings. The Niles Meijer will be the 12th Meijer store in suburban Chicago.

The new store will feature many grocery items geared toward the diverse community that surrounds it.

“For several years, we have worked hard throughout the Midwest to offer specific grocery items that are relevant to the unique customer base in the communities we service,” Meijer president Mark Murray said. “The Niles community is represented by a variety of cultures, and we are thrilled to be able to serve such a diverse community.”

Meijer also announced plans to expand this new concept in the Chicago area by building a second grocery-focused store in Orland Park, Ill. Construction of the planned store will begin in the coming weeks and includes a full renovation of a currently vacant retail site. The opening of the Orland Park Meijer is currently planned for later this year and will create up to 150 new jobs inside the store.

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Price Chopper cuts into Conn. market with new store

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Price Chopper has plans to open a new store in Middletown, Conn., the family-owned supermarket chain announced last week.

The 60,00- sq.-ft. supermarket pharmacy will be the eighth in Connecticut and the 120th in New England when it opens this summer, the company said.

“The city is extremely pleased to welcome Price Chopper to our community,” Middletown mayor Sebastian Giuliano said in a statement. “Not only are they great corporate citizens, but they also bring a reputation for quality products at great prices.”

The company plans to “meet or exceed” the U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards to minimize the store’s effects on the local environment and natural resources.

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