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Supervalu celebrates Earth Day

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu, in honor of Earth Day, has launched a new associate volunteer program—Volunteers in Action—and participating in month-long Earth Day community and in-store events.

“As one of the largest retail grocery companies in the United States, Supervalu is committed to preserving and protecting our environment,” said John Domino, Supervalu vp of facilities, energy, environmental and engineering. “We are proud to honor our pledge as environmental stewards, not only through our month-long Earth Day events and activities, but every day through our business operating practices and community relations efforts.”

Supervalu’s activities include a weeklong partnership with the Will Steger Foundation that includes educating children on global warming, distributing reusable bags in Boise and clean-ups in Southern California.

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Weis announces $80 million capital investment budget

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Wednesday announced an $80 million capital investment budget, representing a 23 percent increase from last year, for the ensuing year at the company’s annual meeting here.

“We will target three quarters of this budget to our store base,” stated Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets vice chairman. “We currently have 19 major projects in various stages of planning, including three new stores, two replacement units, nine additions and five remodels.”

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Mother’s Day spending expected to equal 2007

BY Doug Desjardins

WASHINGTON Consumers plan to spend about as much on Mother’s Day shopping this year as they did in 2007 despite higher gas prices and other economic woes, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

The NRF survey showed consumers on average are going to spend $138.63 on Mother’s Day shopping this year, a drop of less than 1 percent from last year ($139.14).

While fewer consumers plan to make jewelry their gift of choice this year (29.7 percent compared to 32.8 percent in 2007), they’re expected to spend $2.7 billion in the category. Consumers are also projected to spend $3 billion on dinners and brunch, $2 billion on flowers, $1.4 billion on clothing and $1.2 billion on consumer electronics like digital photo frames and cameras.

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