Rite Aid donates funds to Haiti earthquake relief
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid announced Thursday that that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti.
The company also announced that it will launch a customer and associate fundraising program next week to aid earthquake relief efforts. Customers will be able to donate funds by purchasing $1 disaster relief certificates at any Rite Aid store across the country in a program similar to ones Rite Aid conducted to support tsunami relief efforts in 2005 and aid the victims of the attacks on 9/11. Rite Aid associates in the corporate and field offices as well as the company’s distribution centers will also participate in the program. All funds raised will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for earthquake relief.
“Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by this devastating tragedy,” said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. “Rite Aid wants to help by making it easy for associates and customers to contribute to earthquake relief efforts and to raise the funds that are so needed for rescue, recovery and rebuilding. We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross to raise funds for the International Response Fund.”
Delhaize Group to close 15 Food Lion stores
BRUSSELS, Belgium International food retailer Delhaize Group announced the closure of 15 Food Lion stores as part of its restructuring plan.
Pierre-Oliver Beckers, Delhaize president and CEO, said the closings are part of the implentation of the company’s New Game Plan for 2010, which will intergrate the organization, increase flexibility and yield cost savings. The stores, Beckers said, which include 15 Food Lion locations and 1 Bloom store, were underperforming.
“The new U.S. restructuring plan… is a critical element of the recently announced New Game Plan which will fund key initiatives such as major price investments as well as our accelerated store opening and remodel programs,” he said.
Fresh & Easy opens three new stores in California
FRESNO, Calif. A regional supermarket chain announced the opening of four new stores.
Fresh & Easy said Thursday it is opening three stores is Fresno, Calif., which will revive the city’s downtown area. These openings are the first in decades, the company said. While one store opened Jan. 14, the other two will follow next month, specifically, Feb. 3 and Feb. 24.
“Fresh & Easy is excited to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Fresno because everyone deserves access to fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “We are thrilled at the wonderful reception we have received from our new neighbors in this wonderful community.”
Fresh & Easy has also made it a priority to lessen its impact on the environment – on average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and utilize technologies like solar tracking skylights, automatically dimming lights, and LED lighting. Fresh & Easy recycles or reuses all its shipping and display materials and uses environmentally-friendly trailers to transport food. The company is a pilot member of the LEED Volume Certification Program and has invested in a 500,000-sq.-ft. solar roof installation on its distribution center in Riverside, California.
Fresh & Easy operates stores in Souther California, Arizona and Nevada.