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Shopping near the Big Easy just got a little easier

BY Michael Johnsen

COVINGTON, La. Winn-Dixie Stores on Tuesday celebrated the completion of its brand-new store, the first ground-up new store for the grocer since 2004.

“We are very proud to be able to offer this beautiful store to the neighbors and communities of Covington,” stated Winn-Dixie chairman, CEO and president Peter Lynch. “Not only does it provide a best-in-class shopping experience, but it brings 200 new jobs to the area as well.”

The 55,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art supermarket, located a little north of New Orleans, features a 24-ft. tall open entranceway highlighted by an outdoor farmer’s market featuring fresh produce from local growers. The store showcases Winn-Dixie’s latest design concepts, including 21,000 sq. ft. of polished wood flooring, 34,000 sq. ft. of stained concrete flooring, and an exposed beam ceiling. At the entrance, a sleek, modern glass-front exterior overarches a covered walkway.

Inside are a host of “enhanced” features, including a full pharmacy department and wellness center; a wine department staffed with a wine steward; and a peanut butter machine, to name a few.

The Covington location also is the first grocery store in Louisiana to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill certification. GreenChill is an EPA Partnership with food retailers designed to help reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease the industry’s impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Supermarkets that reduce their refrigerant emissions by at least 65% versus the average may receive GreenChill’s store certification award. Currently, only 26 supermarkets across the nation have been able to qualify.

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Weis Markets creates regional VP position

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis on Monday announced three new regional VPs — a new position at the company — responsible for overseeing its 164 stores, according to published reports.

The new VPs are Jerry Hatch, Brad Kochenour and Mike Mignola.

Hatch was a regional director overseeing stores in the Northeast and central Pennsylvania. He will cover a similar territory as regional VP.

Kochenour, who also served as a regional director, will oversee a region extending from Altoona, Pa., to Newton, N.J.

And Mignola will oversee stores in Maryland and West Virginia, as well as stores in Lancaster, Pa. and York, Pa. Mignola most recently was a general manager for Weis stores in Maryland and West Virginia.

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NCR rolls out Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks in Bashas, Food City

BY Allison Cerra

DULUTH, Ga. NCR Corp. recently installed Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks at more than 100 Bashas’ and Food City supermarkets in Arizona.

Each Blockbuster Express kiosk holds more than 900 DVDs, providing the largest selection of popular movie titles and new releases of any DVD rental kiosk. No membership is required – customers simply swipe their credit card and are charged $1 per night for a rental. A DVD can then be returned to any Blockbuster Express kiosk – not just where the DVD was rented.

“Our customers can now get great deals on everyday grocery items and new-release movie rentals at our stores,” said Kristy Nied, director of communications for Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Blockbuster Express kiosk allows us to combine an inexpensive at-home meal with an affordable, convenient entertainment option.”

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