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Walmart goes to college

BY Alaric DeArment

TEMPE, Ariz. — Walmart opened a new small-format store on the campus of Arizona State University as part of a pilot program, the mass merchandise retailer said.

The company opened the 5,000-sq. ft. store in the Vista del Sol plaza at the university. The store includes health and wellness services, a pharmacy, convenient shopping services, convenience items and merchandise tailored to the campus. The Walmart on Campus store is the second in the country, the first having opened at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in January 2011.

"The new Walmart on Campus is going to be a wonderful amenity for the students of ASU," Tempe Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Mary Ann Miller said. "To be able to get off your elevator or get on your bike and be able to pick up a prescription or just basic necessities will add to the convenience of living on or next to campus."

The store employs about 10 people, and the opening included a presentation of $2,500 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups.

"With our smaller format and being located right on campus, our store is perfect for those who need to pick up a prescription or something for a quick meal," store manager Mario Espino said. "Our customers will be able to find what they need quickly and easily and then head on back to class."


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Revamped Food Lion stores to include cheaper private labels, fresher produce

BY Alaric DeArment

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has revamped 178 of its stores and hired 800 new employees, the Delhaize Group-owned supermarket chain said.

The company said the stores would offer an improved shopping experience — such as faster checkout service — fresher produce through the "Fresh from the Field" initiative and cheaper private label products. The changes were made to stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Re-opening celebrations will take place at the stores, with free bags of groceries provided to the first 50 customers at each store.


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Brookshire’s heralds new Super 1 Foods with grand opening event

BY Jason Owen

WINNSBORO, Texas — On May 1, Brookshire’s Grocery Co. held a grand opening ceremony for a new Super 1 Foods located at 9 Fair Ave. here with a ribbon-cutting event. The company converted the store, which it purchased last year, from the Kaye’s Fod Market format.

On hand for the ribbon-cutting was Chamber of Commerce president Dustin Wright and Brookshire Grocery Co. president and CEO Rick Rayford. Super 1 Foods Store Director Josh Black presented donation checks totaling $1,000 each to Franklin Parish High School and Dixie Youth Baseball.

The 48,238-sq-ft store opened in November, replacing the former Kaye’s Food Market that was purchased by Brookshire Grocery Co. The store now boasts a completely new look through several upgrades, including new exterior signage and paint, new interior paint and modern décor, new carousel check stands and updated bakery and deli departments with new equipment.

In addition to fresh bakery and deli services, the store offers a full-service meat department with fresh cuts prepared daily. Embracing the community’s cultural flair for Cajun and Creole cuisine, the store offers specialty meat items like Cajun-stuffed pork chops and chicken, in addition to products that are either locally grown or a “Certified Cajun” Louisiana agricultural product.

The store offers low prices throughout with its Super Shockers program, where select nonadvertised items are heavily discounted, and through its Wall of Values — an area located near the store’s entrance that features affordable, quality products. The products located in the Wall of Values are displayed on pallets to save on labor, which provides lower operating costs that are passed on to customers through exceptional savings.

“We are pleased to offer exceptional value and great service to our new customers in Winnsboro,” Rayford said. “We look forward to building strong ties with the Winnsboro community, and appreciate all the support we have received so far.”

The grand opening festivities will continue throughout the following weeks with special giveaways and promotions. More special offers will be announced in the weekly grocery ads.


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