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Wegmans develops donation program, aids relief with $100,000 donation

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans stores on Thursday had begun accepting customer donations at checkout to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The program will run through Jan. 23, the grocer stated.

Customers may donate any amount, and their donations will go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund Haiti Relief which provides funding for sending relief supplies, mobilizing relief workers, and providing financial resources.

“This is a tragic event that calls for everyone to pitch in and help,” stated Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. “We know that some of our employees have family or friends in Haiti, and we’re certain our customers do, as well.”

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has also announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund Haiti Relief.

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Delhaize Group to close 15 Food Lion stores

BY Allison Cerra

BRUSSELS, Belgium International food retailer Delhaize Group announced the closure of 15 Food Lion stores as part of its restructuring plan.

Pierre-Oliver Beckers, Delhaize president and CEO, said the closings are part of the implentation of the company’s New Game Plan for 2010, which will intergrate the organization, increase flexibility and yield cost savings. The stores, Beckers said, which include 15 Food Lion locations and 1 Bloom store, were underperforming.

“The new U.S. restructuring plan… is a critical element of the recently announced New Game Plan which will fund key initiatives such as major price investments as well as our accelerated store opening and remodel programs,” he said. 

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Fresh & Easy opens three new stores in California

BY Allison Cerra

FRESNO, Calif. A regional supermarket chain announced the opening of four new stores.

Fresh & Easy said Thursday it is opening three stores is Fresno, Calif., which will revive the city’s downtown area. These openings are the first in decades, the company said. While one store opened Jan. 14, the other two will follow next month, specifically, Feb. 3 and Feb. 24.

“Fresh & Easy is excited to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Fresno because everyone deserves access to fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “We are thrilled at the wonderful reception we have received from our new neighbors in this wonderful community.”

Fresh & Easy has also made it a priority to lessen its impact on the environment – on average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and utilize technologies like solar tracking skylights, automatically dimming lights, and LED lighting. Fresh & Easy recycles or reuses all its shipping and display materials and uses environmentally-friendly trailers to transport food. The company is a pilot member of the LEED Volume Certification Program and has invested in a 500,000-sq.-ft. solar roof installation on its distribution center in Riverside, California.

Fresh & Easy operates stores in Souther California, Arizona and Nevada.

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