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Meijer opens two new Ind. stores

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will open two new stores in northern Indiana, the mass merchandise retailer said Wednesday.

Meijer said the stores, in Portage and Warsaw, Ind., would open on Thursday. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain currently operates 32 stores around the state and more than 200 throughout the Midwest. The company said the stores would feature the chain’s free prescription program, whereby it gives select drugs for free to customers with valid prescriptions, including generic versions of the cholesterol drug Lipitor (atorvastatin).

"Our team has worked very hard to get these supercenters ready, and we’re excited to bring the Meijer experience to our neighbors in Portage and Warsaw and the surrounding communities," co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "We feel at home here, and we believe it’s important to continue to focus on the communities where we’re located."


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Shopko to open five new Hometown stores

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko will open five small-format stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the mass merchandise retailer said.

The five Shopko Hometown stores will be in Afton, Wyo., St. Peter, Minn., and Winneconne, Ellsworth and Tomahawk, Wis. The stores are expected to open in late fall. The Shopko Hometown format is designed to serve smaller, rural communities and augment the chain’s larger stores and will total 181 out of the chain’s more than 330 total stores once the new stores are completed.

"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," Shopko interim CEO and COO Mike Bettiga said. "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."


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Clif Bar’s latest bar intro sources ingredients from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar and Co. on Wednesday launched its Sierra Trail Mix, the newest flavor in the company’s flagship product line. 

Sierra Trail Mix is the first Clif Bar flavor made with sustainably grown cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and will display the frog seal on the package. The CLIF Bar portfolio now offers 17 great-tasting and distinctive flavors for athletes to push further with sustained energy.

Sierra Trail Mix is crafted with peanuts, chocolate, raisins and pumpkin and sunflower seeds to create a balanced sweet and salty flavor profile. 

Clif Bar & Company’s collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance continues the company’s commitment to help create a more healthy, just and sustainable food system, the company stated. The remaining flavors of Clif Bar made with cocoa ingredients from certified farms will appear in stores in the coming months.

Sierra Trail Mix is available at grocery, natural food and specialty retail stores nationwide at a suggested retail price of $1.39.


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