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Save-A-Lot arrives in Atlantic City

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Supervalu is bringing its Save-A-Lot banner to Atlantic City, N.J.

The store, which opened Thursday, will become the first full-service grocery store within a 21-mile radius of the city, the company said. The Atlantic City location is the 11th Save-A-Lot store in New Jersey.

"Save-A-Lot is committed to offering fresh produce, dairy and USDA-inspected meat, as well as other essential grocery and household items to shoppers at an affordable price — typically up to 40% less than traditional grocery stores," Bob Sheehy, Save-A-Lot regional director said. "We look forward to welcoming shoppers to our Atlantic City store."

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Bic lights up grills with FlameDisk

BY Barbara White-Sax

SHELTON, Conn. — Bic Consumer Products USA’s new FlameDisk offers consumers a convenient, portable alternative to charcoal. FlameDisk, which uses ethanol as its main fuel ingredient, heats up quickly and is cleaner than charcoal. The portable disk, which fits most charcoal grills, is ready to use in minutes after lighting and provides a steady flame for between 35 and 45 minutes — about the same rate as charcoal. With no ashes or soot to remove, cleanup is easy. Once FlameDisk is cool, the aluminum container can be thrown away. FlameDisk retails for $4.99 for one disk.

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One-stop shop for college

BY Barbara White-Sax

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group said that back-to-college has become a big opportunity for retailers, and everybody wants part of the business. Last year, families spent an average of $800 on back-to-college products.


Once students get to school, they have less time and fewer opportunities to shop, so drug stores become their one-stop destination. “Drug stores can really capitalize on their convenience advantage with this demographic,” James said. “They can become as much of a solution store as possible, offering everything from electronic accessories and dorm decor to personal care products and grocery items. If these shoppers are already in the store and the products are merchandised well, they’ll buy,” he said. 


For stores in close proximity to campus, a good selection of electronic accessories is key. Smartphone accessories, headphones, and computer and printer accessories are as important as paper, pens and pencils. Some chains also layer in promotional lamps, pillows and throw rugs, as well as space-savers and closet organizers.

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