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QVC goes Irish for St. Patrick’s Day showcase

BY Allison Cerra

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — St. Patrick’s Day is here, and QVC has kicked off its celebration with 24 hours of Irish programming that will feature an extensive assortment of authentic Irish goods, many of which were created especially for QVC.

During the event, which began at midnight EST on March 17, QVC will offer jewelry, fashion, home decor and other products from Ireland-based brands. The world-renowned singing group Celtic Thunder also is scheduled to perform several times throughout the broadcast, the company reported.

This year, the lineup of new products is scheduled to include the first-ever three-set perfume sampler from international fragrance house Fragrances of Ireland, as well as pieces from Belleek that are exclusive to QVC. New merchandise from Boyne Valley Weavers, Tipperary Crystal, Waterford, Bewley’s Tea and Coffee Co., and Connemara Marble, to name a few, also are scheduled to launch during QVC’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

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Walgreens makes donations to Japan earthquake victims

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the earthquake that struck Japan last week. The company also will match employee donations up to $100,000.

"Our employees have expressed their desire to lend assistance and support to those who’ve lost so much in this catastrophe," stated Chuck Greener, Walgreens VP corporate affairs and communications. "Though many miles away, our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this disaster, and we’re doing what we can to help the Red Cross reach those who need it most. We’re sending our dollars and we’re sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone touched by this tragedy."

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Pepsomgroup says:
Mar-17-2011 12:38 pm

As a Japanese-American manufacturer in the Walgreens Supplier Diversity program (co-founder of the Pepsom Group), we are deeply appreciative of the Walgreens donation to the American Red Cross. The people of Japan have been blindsided by these devastating events. As we all watch this disaster unfold, the feeling of sorrow and helplessness can be overwhelming. Walgreens donation helps to remind all of us that compassion and generosity is the way to recovery, in both tangible and intangible ways. We want to thank Walgreens for their leadership in donating to the American Red Cross to help Japan recover from this tragedy, and also thank everyone else, including other retailers that help the people in Japan at this time of great need. WIth gratitude, Miya Haag V.P. The Pepsom Group, Inc. http://www.pepsom.com

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Chicago is Walmart’s kind of town

BY Gail Hoffer

CHICAGO — Walmart has succeeded in bringing its smaller-format store concept to Chicago, helping to make the case that the retailer can find success in more urban markets, including New York, which thus far has eluded the retailer.

The company announced that it has secured locations in West Englewood for Walmart Market and Walmart Express stores. According to the company, West Englewood is in the heart of a food desert and is one of Chicago’s most underserved communities.

In addition to the West Englewood Market and Express stores, Walmart’s Chicago plans include the opening in spring 2012 of a supercenter in Pullman. In winter 2012, the retailer plans to open another supercenter in West Chatham, as well as an Express store.

“When I met with Walmart last year, I encouraged them to take an approach that addressed the needs of the urban shopper if they truly wanted to make a difference in our underserved neighborhoods,” said Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. “Today, it appears that Walmart has done just that by creating smaller, urban store formats that will better serve our communities. I applaud their leadership in creating jobs and providing retail and grocery services in areas of the city that need it most.”

The Walmart Express stores will be less than 30,000 sq. ft. and will focus on a broad assortment of brands at everyday low prices, selling grocery, pharmacy and limited general merchandise, the company reported. Walmart Market — previously called Neighborhood Market — will range in size from 30,000 sq. ft. to 60,000 sq. ft. and will provide a wider assortment of fresh grocery, as well as a bakery and delicatessen.

“Mayor Daley has been a champion of economic development in the city, and his support of Walmart through the years has allowed us the opportunity to do what we do best: open stores that create jobs and offer a broad assortment of products at everyday low prices,” said Julie Murphy, Walmart U.S. SVP, who is based in Chicago. “Moving forward, we will continue to identify sites in Chicago’s food deserts, while also looking for opportunities to help even more Chicagoans save money and live better.”

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