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Rite Aid customers donate more than $765K to Haiti

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid customers and associates nationwide donated more than $765,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti, the drug store chain announced Tuesday.

In the campaign ended January 30, customers were able to donate funds by purchasing $1 disaster relief certificates at any Rite Aid store across the country. Rite Aid associates in the corporate and field offices as well as the company’s distribution centers also participated in the program.

In addition to the funds raised through the customer and associate fundraising program, The Rite Aid Foundation donated $50,000 to assist with relief efforts. All funds raised will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, earmarked for Haiti earthquake relief.

“Our hearts and thoughts remain with those impacted by last month’s devastating earthquake and we hope this donation helps make life just a little easier,” said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and CEO.

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Weis Markets creates regional VP position

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis on Monday announced three new regional VPs — a new position at the company — responsible for overseeing its 164 stores, according to published reports.

The new VPs are Jerry Hatch, Brad Kochenour and Mike Mignola.

Hatch was a regional director overseeing stores in the Northeast and central Pennsylvania. He will cover a similar territory as regional VP.

Kochenour, who also served as a regional director, will oversee a region extending from Altoona, Pa., to Newton, N.J.

And Mignola will oversee stores in Maryland and West Virginia, as well as stores in Lancaster, Pa. and York, Pa. Mignola most recently was a general manager for Weis stores in Maryland and West Virginia.

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NCR rolls out Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks in Bashas, Food City

BY Allison Cerra

DULUTH, Ga. NCR Corp. recently installed Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks at more than 100 Bashas’ and Food City supermarkets in Arizona.

Each Blockbuster Express kiosk holds more than 900 DVDs, providing the largest selection of popular movie titles and new releases of any DVD rental kiosk. No membership is required – customers simply swipe their credit card and are charged $1 per night for a rental. A DVD can then be returned to any Blockbuster Express kiosk – not just where the DVD was rented.

“Our customers can now get great deals on everyday grocery items and new-release movie rentals at our stores,” said Kristy Nied, director of communications for Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Blockbuster Express kiosk allows us to combine an inexpensive at-home meal with an affordable, convenient entertainment option.”

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