Sam’s Club playing to win in health and wellness
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The highest circulation of any health magazine in America. That’s a major commitment when you think how hard consumer magazines have been hit in recent years.
(THE NEWS: Sam’s Club launches wellness magazine for members. For the full story, click here)
Yet, Sam’s will print more issues than any of the big consumer health-interest magazines. That shows how important it is to make a big statement that it is playing to win in health and wellness — an area of its business that it has targeted for major growth.
DSN will profile the Sam’s Club health-and-wellness leadership team in an exclusive April 2 issue. For more information, contact Wayne Bennett, publisher [email protected].
EPA awards Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s with 11th Energy Star award
SALISBURY, N.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s with its eleventh consecutive Energy Star award.
The Energy Star program, which is in its 20th year, recognizes businesses that implement energy-efficient products, services and buildings in commercial, industrial and public sectors.
"We are honored to receive this Energy Star Sustained Excellence award and are committed to being strong corporate citizens in the communities in which we operate," said Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Delhaize America South. "Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s remain dedicated to environmental stewardship and are proud to continue to lead the way with energy conservation initiatives."
Shopko expands with completed merger
GREEN BAY, Wis. — General merchandise retailers Shopko and Pamida have completed their merger that will create a $3 billion company that serves largely rural communities in 22 states.
The combined entity will retain the Shopko name. Shopko will be headquartered in Green Bay and Pamida’s corporate headquarters in Omaha, Neb., will be consolidated into the Green Bay office over the next several months.
The company said that Shopko chief Paul Jones will lead the entire company as president, chairman and CEO. Pamida CEO John Harlow will serve on the leadership team and help direct the integration process.
“Our aim is to combine the best of both companies as we become one Shopko team with a shared vision to become the nation’s leading general merchandise retailer focused on serving smaller communities across the country with our Shopko Hometown store format,” Jones said.
A store conversion plan calls for all Pamida stores to be converted to the Shopko Hometown store format by the end of 2012. Six Pamida stores will not go through conversion and will be closed in August.
The Shopko Hometown retail format, developed over the past three years to augment Shopko’s larger store model, offers a merchandising strategy that combines pharmacy services with a broad offering of national brands and private label brands of apparel, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, and lawn and garden products. Size ranges from 15,000 sq. ft. to 35,000 sq. ft.
Shopko announced approximately $80 million will be invested into Pamida store conversions which will begin in June and occur in phases through the end of the year. Each individual store conversion will take approximately five-six weeks from start to finish and will include new interior and exterior signage, updated supplemented fixtures, improved store design and layout, as well as an expanded merchandise mix.
“Over the past two years, seven Pamida stores have already been successfully transitioned to the Shopko Hometown format,” Jones said. “We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers in these communities who tell us they appreciate the improved shopping experience and access to a broader, differentiated selection of merchandise, including products and brands previously not available in their community.”
Once Pamida’s chain-wide conversions are complete, the company plans to accelerate the addition of new Shopko Hometown stores in the second half of 2012 and into 2013. There will be no change to Shopko’s current 149 stores.
Shopko is owned by affiliates of Sun Capital Partners.