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Supervalu announces additional store closures

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Wednesday afternoon announced it will close approximately 60 underperforming or nonstrategic stores this fiscal year, including 38 in its retail food reporting segment and 22 Save-A-Lot locations. The majority of the stores are expected to close before Dec. 1, which marks the end of the company’s fiscal 2013 third quarter.

"These decisions are never easy because of the impact a store closure has on our team members, our customers and our communities," Supervalu chairman, president and CEO Wayne Sales said. "Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to move with a greater sense of urgency to reduce costs and improve shareholder value."

The company owns the real estate for approximately one-third of the retail food stores being closed. The closures in the retail food segment include 27 Albertsons stores (19 in Southern California, including one previously announced location, and eight in the Intermountain West region), four Acme stores and one previously announced Jewel-Osco location.

Eight additional stores are included in this announcement but due to ongoing contractual discussions the specific details of each store are not being disclosed at this time, Supervalu stated. All eight are expected to close by the end of Supervalu’s fiscal year Feb. 23, 2013.

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Tide encourages NFL fans to show their colors

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Tide is celebrating its continued partnership with the National Football League with its "Show Us Your Colors" campaign.

As part of the campaign, Tide will release a series of documentary-style videos called "Evolution of Colors." The videos, which were created in conjunction with NFL Films, tell the story behind the colors of each NFL team and how the colors became what they are today. A video will be created for each of the 32 teams and they will be gradually released throughout the season on Tide.com and NFL.com. This video series will kick off at the beginning of the regular season.

In addition to the videos, the partnership between Tide and the NFL also will be brought to life via other marketing channels, including advertising and packaging. New Tide commercials, focusing on the intense devotion that fans feel for their teams and the theme of "They’re Not Just Colors," will begin airing nationally on Sept. 5. Tide also will be offering special NFL-themed packaging, featuring a wide range of teams, fans and players. Towards the end of September, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be highlighted on the Tide with Febreze Freshness Sport Victory Fresh bottles. Additionally, specially designed bottles of Tide Original featuring team logos will be released in select markets and retailers.

"NFL fans are life long fans, sporting their team’s colors and cheering them on from as early as they can remember," said Alex Keith, VP fabrice care for Procter & Gamble’s North America division. "We’re excited to give them the opportunity to celebrate this dedication in a variety of ways all season long while also showing them that Tide can help keep their team’s colors as vibrant as their passion."

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American BioTech Supply donates refrigerators to Denver Health

BY Alaric DeArment

DENVER — A safety-net healthcare organization in Colorado got a donation of four new vaccine refrigerators at the end of a recent trade show there.

Summerville, S.C.-based American BioTech Supply announced the donation to Denver Health at the conclusion of the 2012 National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy & Technology Conference, which took place in Denver from Aug. 26 to 28. Denver Health provides healthcare services to 25% of all Denver residents, or about 150,000 people, and the organization serves one-in-three children in the city.

ABS president Greg Deutschmann presented the refractors to Denver Health outpatient pharmacy director Jason Atlas and assistant director of outpatient pharmacy Shelia Beurket.


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