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Ralphs commences hunger donation campaign

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banner Ralphs has kicked off its annual hunger donation campaign at its stores.

Through Dec. 31, customers may purchase $1, $3 and $5 hunger donation cards to benefit their local Feeding America affiliate in Southern California. The program is part of Ralphs’ "Bringing Hope to the Table" initiative, which works to reduce hunger in communities across the region.

"Food banks and hunger agencies are facing unprecedented demand. In fact, 1-in-8 Americans struggle from hunger each year and the numbers are growing," Ralphs president Donna Giordano said. "Through ‘Bringing Hope to the Table,’ our customers and associates can drive funds to local food banks to help hungry people who are our neighbors."

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Supervalu, Walgreens sign on to Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private-sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector.

As many as 60 CEOs, mayors, university presidents, and labor leaders on Friday committed to invest nearly $2 billion of private capital into energy efficiency projects; and to upgrade energy performance by a minimum of 20% by 2020 in 1.6 billion sq. ft. of office, industrial, municipal, hospital, university, community college and school buildings. This included retailers Kohl’s, Supervalu and Walgreens. Best Buy made its commitment in June.

The commitments were announced by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton, along with representatives from more than 60 organizations as part of the Better Buildings Challenge. The challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative, launched in February by President Obama, and is spearheaded by former President Clinton and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to support job creation by catalyzing private-sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades to make America’s buildings 20% more efficient over the next decade, reducing energy costs for American businesses by nearly $40 billion. Last year, commercial buildings consumed roughly 20% of all the energy used by the U.S. economy.
 
“Upgrading the energy efficiency of America’s buildings is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, cut down on harmful pollution, and create good jobs right now," Obama said. Coupled with a $2 billion in energy efficiency upgrades across all federal agencies "today’s extraordinary private sector commitments of $2 billion to upgrade businesses, factories, and military housing, America is taking another big step towards the competitive, clean energy economy it will take to win the future,” Obama said.

“Reducing our energy footprint and creating a more thoughtful and sustainable operation are important priorities, and we will continue to test innovative ways to build our stores with future generations in mind,” Supervalu president and CEO Craig Herkert said. “These projects are good for the environment, improve our operating efficiency and create jobs — ultimately benefiting the communities we serve.”

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Stop & Shop acquires three Staten Island, N.Y.-based King Kullen stores

BY Allison Cerra

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Stop & Shop has entered a definitive agreement to acquire three stores, located in Staten Island, N.Y., from supermarket chain King Kullen.

"Stop & Shop is looking forward to expanding our presence on Staten Island," said Don Sussman, division president of Stop & Shop’s N.Y. metro division. "These new locations will offer more island customers the best combination of quality, convenience and value they have come to expect from Stop & Shop."

Stop & Shop will open the 1441 Richmond Avenue and 4343 Amboy Road stores, after the sale is completed, which is subject to the customary conditions. The location at 3251 Richmond Avenue will be closed. Additional details about the store conversion process will be announced once the sale is completed.

Stop & Shop currently operates two stores on Staten Island.

"Selling our three Staten Island stores to Stop & Shop enables us to concentrate resources elsewhere within the company," King Kullen VP Thomas Cullen said. "We deeply appreciate the courtesy shown to us by Staten Island and look forward to working closely with Stop & Shop during the transition process."

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