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Shopko to open two Hometown stores next year, further expanding small format

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko is opening two small-format stores in the Midwest, the chain said Thursday.

The company said it would open Shopko Hometown stores in Mayville, Wis., and Valentine, Neb., in spring 2014. The Shopko Hometown format is designed to serve smaller communities than the chain’s larger store model and combines retail health services with an assortment of general merchandise, consumables and others.

"We’re excited to bring Shopko Hometown to these great communities," Shopko CEO Peter McMahon said. "We understand that consumers in smaller towns are looking for the same variety of high-quality goods and trend-right merchandise that can be found in larger cities. Customers of our Hometown stores tell us they appreciate the vastly improved shopping experience and access to a broad, differentiated selection of merchandise, including products and brands previously not available in their community."

The chain currently operates 180 stores in the Shopko Hometown format, as well as 134 full-sized Shopko stores, five Shopko Express Rx stores and six Shopko Pharmacy stores.

 

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Freshpet announces new holiday treats

BY Ryan Chavis

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Dog owners have two new reasons to rejoice this holiday season, thanks to Freshpet.

Freshpet, which makes fresh, refrigerated dog and cat food, has announced the introduction of two new products to the mix: Dog Joy Chicken Strips with Flaxseeds and Dog Joy Sausage Slices.

"Now more than ever, concerned pet parents are looking for healthier ways to reward their four-legged family members over the holidays," Courtney Groome, Freshpet Director of Marketing, said. "We are excited to expand our fresh treats line and provide them with even more options for treating their pets to something special without worrying about potentially harmful ingredients."

Dog Joy Chicken Strips with Flaxseeds and Dog Joy Sausage Slices are only available in select Walmart stores. To find a Walmart that carries Freshpet food, visit Freshpet.com/storelocator.
 

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Publix’ Miami division VP retires, successor named

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — After more than 46 years of service, Publix Super Markets Miami division VP Bill Fauerbach has announced his decision to retire at the end of March 2014.

“Bill helped grow our culture and build a solid foundation on which the Miami division will continue to grow. We thank him for his many contributions, and he will be missed by us all,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw.

With this retirement, Publix announced the promotion of Kevin Murphy to Miami division VP, effective April 1.

Murphy began his Publix career in 1984 as a front-service clerk in Margate, Fla. He worked through various positions before becoming a store manager in 1995 and Jacksonville division district manager in 2003. He has been a regional director in the Atlanta division since January 2009.

“With Kevin’s passion, commitment to Publix and strong operational knowledge, he’s the ideal candidate to continue to promote the Publix culture of developing associates and enhancing the customer shopping experience,” said Publix president Todd Jones.

Murphy received the George W. Jenkins Award in 2000 and the President’s Award in 2007. The George W. Jenkins Award honors Publix managers who consistently work to make their workplace the best it can be. The President’s Award honors Publix managers who are committed to workplace diversity.

Murphy and his wife, Christina, will be relocating to the south Florida area.

 

 

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