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Spartan Stores names new ceo

BY Antoinette Alexander

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Spartan Stores, a grocery distributor and operator of 84 retail supermarkets in Michigan, has named Dennis Eidson chief executive officer, effective Oct. 15.

Craig Sturken will continue in his role as executive chairman of the board. Until his transition to president and chief executive officer, Eidson will continue in his current role as a board member, president and chief operating officer.

“For the past 24 months, our board has been engaged in chief executive officer succession planning,” stated Sturken. “I have worked with our board to assess our critical leadership needs and to ensure that we selected the right individual to lead us through our future growth stages.”

Eidson joined the company in March 2003 as executive vice president of marketing and merchandising. In October 2007, he was appointed to the board of directors and as a company president, following his appointment in February 2007 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Spartan Stores, he was divisional president and chief executive of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company’s Midwest region, and assistant general manager for Nash Finch’s Michigan operations.

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Memorex debuts new iPod alarm clocks

BY Doug Desjardins

WESTON, Fla. Memorex has released a line of alarm clocks that double as iPod docks and speakers in time for back-to-school shoppers.

The Memorex Mi4019 and iWakeUp feature FM tuners, white backlit LCD displays and snooze alarms along with iPod docking stations that recharge and play songs from any iPod. Both clocks also offer three alarm options to wake up to.

“They let you choose how you want to wake up—be it to the buzzer, radio or a favorite song from your iPod,” said Carla Pihowich, brand director for Memorex Americas. “They also function as a charger for iPods with the sleek design, form and function to complement the furnishings of any bedroom or dorm room.” The Mi4019 retails for $39.99 SRP and the iWakeUp for $69.99.

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More than 2,000 Minyard employees may see layoffs

BY Drew Buono

COPPELL, Texas Minyard Food Stores has sent a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission informing them of a layoff that will affect approximately 2,387 employees after the grocery retailer sells 37 stores, including its Carnival Super Market brand and other Minyard-owned stores to Grocers Supply, according to local reports.

The announcement, however, does not take into account the number of employees who most likely will be rehired by the new store owners after the sale is complete, a spokesman for Grocers Supply said.

Fiesta Mart, which will be taking over 11 of Minyard’s Carnival locations, is currently reaching out to affected employees and asking them to submit their applications for employment.

Minyard’s says the job cuts will officially start on Sept. 29 and end by Nov. 17. The Grocers Supply said by then, it hopes to have other retailers identified who will be taking over the operations of the remaining 26 stores.

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