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Walgreens gift cards in demand by American consumers, index finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK An independent research and advisory group found that when it comes to gift cards, American consumers want them from one of the largest drug store chains.

The Global Prepaid Exchange found that gift cards from Walgreens were among the top preferences of American adults, according to 2,300 people surveyed in its Gift Card Performance Index. The drug store chain ranked No. 8 on the list.

Dan Horne, professor of Providence College in Rhode Island and the study’s principle investigator, said the high levels of consumer performance result from an interaction between the store and the gift giver’s perception of the tastes of the recipient.

“If a gift card giver really thinks about the kinds of store that a recipient likes, they will certainly make the experience more rewarding,” Horne noted. “Gift cards tend to be effective gifts because they show thought about the type of stores that recipients like, while still promoting a sense of autonomy and choice.”

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Save-A-Lot expands to Dallas-Fort Worth area

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS One of the nation’s leading discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store in the Oak Cliff community.

Save-A-Lot’s new store signifies the company’s continued commitment to providing affordable, quality groceries to Dallas residents, as well as the company’s entry into the Hispanic grocery market — the Oak Cliff location carries popular Latino brands.

Save-A-Lot operates nearly 1,200 stores in 39 states from Maine to California.

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Fresh & Easy opens in South L.A.

BY DSN STAFF

SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif. Fresh & Easy has opened its first store in South Los Angeles.

According to the company, the store was one of the first sites identified by the grocer over two years ago and is the centerpiece of an impressive new mixed-use development with affordable housing units and additional retail space.

Mary Kasper, VP and general counsel for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, said, “We’re opening stores in all types of neighborhoods because we fundamentally believe everyone regardless of where they live deserves access to quality, fresh food at affordable prices. We’re also proud to bring more quality jobs to the neighborhood, particularly in this economy.”

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