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Safeway raises $14M for breast cancer research

BY DSN STAFF

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has announced its stores raised $14.5 million in October for breast cancer research. The company thanked its customers and employees for their commitment to finding a cure for the most common form of cancer for women.

"We continue to be humbled by the generosity of our customers and the commitment our employees have for the cause," said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "This kind of fundraising outcome will have a real and measurable impact on the science of finding a cure."

During the last 11 years, Safeway and its nearly 1,700 stores — including Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Genuardi’s, Carrs and Pak ‘N Save — have raised more than $108 million for the cause.

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Energizer appoints new general counsel amid retirement of Gayle Stratmann

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Energizer announced that its VP and general counsel will retire.

The company said Gayle Stratmann, who was named VP and general counsel in March 2003, will leave her post in the first half of 2012.

"Gayle has done an outstanding job as our general counsel," Energizer CEO Ward Klein said. "Her wisdom, deep understanding of the business and strategic counsel has served management and the shareholders well. We wish Gayle the very best in her retirement."

Succeeding Stratmann is Mark LaVigne, who was elected by Energizer’s board of directors this week to serve as general counsel upon Stratmann’s retirement. LaVigne joined the company last year and has served as secretary and assistant general counsel.

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Winn-Dixie opens transformational store in Florida market

BY Michael Johnsen

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores on Tuesday celebrated the completion of its sixth transformational store located at 3280 South Tamiami Trail in the Promenades Mall plaza in Port Charlotte. The state-of-the-art store offers guests solutions and service that makes shopping easier and fun, the company said.

“This newly transformed store exemplifies a renewed promise to our Port Charlotte neighbors and serves as a one-stop grocery destination catering to the needs, tastes and preferences of the surrounding community,” Winn-Dixie regional VP Randy Rambo said. “Port Charlotte guests are in for a shopping experience that is both fun and easy and we are excited to provide the surrounding neighborhood with exceptional service that exceeds all expectations.”

Past the greatly expanded produce department is an expansive new deli where experienced chefs direct preparation of the wide variety of foods and meal solutions that include made-to-order pasta and pizza, seven flavors of chicken wings, a barbecue bar and a carving station with fresh fish, prime rib and more. In addition, among other changes, a wine and gourmet cheese section staffed by knowledgeable specialists, a greatly enhanced meat and seafood department and an upgraded pharmacy add to the shopping experience.

In addition, the Port Charlotte Winn-Dixie store also features a new Wi-Fi Internet café and sitting area with complimentary coffee.

To celebrate the grand reopening, Winn-Dixie will host a series of celebrations throughout November including cooking demonstrations, food tastings, live entertainment, raffles and giveaways.

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