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Rite Aid supports ‘Epic’-themed fundraising campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is tying in its fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with an upcoming children’s movie.

The retail pharmacy chain announced it would kick off its 19th annual campaign for the group tied in with "Epic," the 20th Century Fox Films movie that will be in theaters starting May 24. The animated movie tells the story of a teenage girl who is magically shrunk to meet a group of warriors who protect the natural world.

Through May 11, Rite Aid stores will sell "Epic"-themed Miracle Balloons for $1, which will benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Customers who purchase the Miracle Balloons will receive $5 in coupon offers.

"Through this promotion with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and 20th Century Fox Films, our generous customers and the efforts of our associates, our goal is to raise even more this year, truly making an ‘Epic’ difference in the lives of sick and injured children in our communities," Rite Aid COO and Rite Aid Foundation president Ken Martindale said.

The announcement comes days after Rite Aid said it had raised a record $5.9 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2012.


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Revamped Supervalu to cut 1,100 positions at district level and above

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Tuesday announced plans to reduce its national workforce by an estimated 1,100 positions. The reductions include both current positions and open jobs that will not be filled.

The announcement affects nearly all company offices and crosses most departments within the organization. In general, store level employees and Save-A-Lot, the company’s hard-discount retail chain, are not affected by this announcement. Employees whose positions are eliminated will be offered severance and outplacement services based on Supervalu’s eligibility guidelines.

“The decision to reduce our workforce, although difficult because of the impacts to our people, is the necessary next step in the rebuilding of our business,” stated Sam Duncan, Supervalu president and CEO. “This move is an important part of our strategy to be more focused and efficient in our operations, including how we staff and support our three business units going forward.”

Today’s announcement follows Supervalu’s recent sale of Albertsons, Jewel, ACME, and Shaws/Star Markets, as well as the Sav-On and Osco in-store pharmacies, to AB Acquisition LLC. That transaction was completed March 21. As a result, the remaining organization will require significantly fewer corporate and store support roles and functions making it important that the company restructure its operations and expenses accordingly, Supervalu noted.

Going forward, Supervalu will consist of three key business units, including its wholesale business, Save-A-Lot and five regional grocery banners.


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Kmart marks 30th anniversary of support for March of Dimes

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is collecting donations for the March of Dimes Foundation for the 30th year in a row, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.

Kmart said that since 1983, it had raised more than $106 million for the non-profit group, which is focused on the needs of mothers and infants, including $8 million last year.

"For three decades, Kmart has been committed to March for Babies and improving children’s health and wellness," said Ron Boire, EVP, chief merchandising officer and president of the Sears and Kmart formats for parent company Sears Holdings. "Year after year, our associates, Shop Your Way Rewards members and customers embrace the driving principle on which the March of Dimes was founded – many people giving a little can make a huge impact."


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