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Professional Woman’s Magazine recognizes Ahold USA’s diversity efforts

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has won accolades for working with diverse and women-owned businesses, the supermarket operator said Wednesday.

Ahold, which owns the Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle and Giant-Landover supermarket banners and the Peapod online grocery service, said Professional Woman’s Magazine had named it among the "Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Women" for 2013. The magazine has ranked companies in this way for 14 years.

"As a responsible retailer, we continue to maintain our strong commitment to developing business opportunities with women and minority-owned companies who can supply their products and services to our customers," Ahold USA SVP sales development Jodie Daubert said. "We’re pleased to be nationally recognized by Professional Woman’s Magazine and proud to work with these companies to offer their products and services in our stores."

Efforts by the company include sponsoring annual businesses fairs that emphasize local and diverse companies; this year’s fairs took place on Feb. 6 in Quincy, Mass., and on Sept. 11 in Carlisle, Pa. Eight-one companies, many headquartered in the area served by Ahold USA’s stores, participated in the fairs.

 

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Bi-Lo Holdings to remodel 21 Piggly Wiggly locations under the Bi-Lo banner

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings on Wednesday stated that its previously-announced acquisition of 22 stores in South Carolina and coastal Georgia from Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. is scheduled to close on Nov. 2. Following the transaction close, Bi-Lo Holdings will begin the process of rebranding these stores under the Bi-Lo banner name.

Twelve Piggly Wiggly stores are scheduled to close on Nov. 2 and reopen on Nov. 8 as Bi-Lo stores. And eight Piggly Wiggly stores are scheduled to close on Nov. 9 and reopen on Nov. 15. 

Bi-Lo Holdings also will acquire the Piggly Wiggly store located at 4430 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, S.C. This store also will close on Nov. 9 and reopen as a Bi-Lo store on Nov. 15. This store is in addition to the Piggly Wiggly store acquisitions that were announced on Sept. 12.

 

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Publix sells its c-store format PIX to Circle K and Max Arnold & Sons

BY DSN STAFF

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Tuesday announced its decision to sell PIX, the fuel/C-store concept it began testing in 2001. Circle K Stores, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard, will purchase 13 sites, of which 11 are located in Florida and two in Georgia. 

Max Arnold & Sons, a family-owned company located in Hopkinsville, Ky., that has been in operation for more than 60 years, will purchase the site located in Tennessee. 

“We consistently evaluate our business, including the products and services we choose to offer our customers,” stated Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “The sale of PIX locations gives us the ability to remain passionately focused on our core business, our customers and the products and services we offer within our grocery retail environment. ” 

 

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