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Wegmans set to open store in Va.

BY Michael Johnsen

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. Wegmans announced earlier this week that it will open the doors to its new 138,655-sq.-ft. Fredericksburg, Va., location this Sunday.

The Fredericksburg store, which employs 500, will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. until midnight. The store’s pharmacy also will be available to customers every day of the week, operating from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

The store’s Market Cafe offers restaurant-quality foods prepared by executive chef Douglas Jarman and his staff. Everything from specialty coffee drinks to hot panini sandwiches, burritos, an Asian-inspired Wokery Bar, freshly made sushi, pizza and subs is available in the cafe. Customers can choose to take out or dine in at the mezzanine-level cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating for 500. There’s also a Food Bar that seats 19, where chefs prepare fresh seafood and meat dishes made to order.

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Polaroid and Summit Global announce partnership

BY Anna Mcgrath

MINNEAPOLIS PLR IP Holdings LLC announced the completion of an exclusive five-year license agreement with the Summit Global Group to produce and distribute Polaroid-branded digital still cameras, digital video cameras, digital photo frames and Polaroid PoGo mobile products worldwide.

Prior to the partnership, Summit Global had been a trusted partner of the Polaroid brand for over eight years. 

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Summit Global as we move into a new era for the Polaroid brand,” said Scott W. Hardy, president of PLR IP Holdings, the entity that owns the Polaroid Brand. “Summit Global’s leadership in digital imaging is sure to uphold and exceed customer expectations as we re-launch our iconic brand into relevant new product categories.”

The partnership further develops and validates the strength of the Polaroid brand, and supports PLR IP Holdings’ strategic objective to diversify product category growth in established and emerging markets. It is anticipated that the agreement will generate over $1.3 billion in retail sales beginning 2009.

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Fresh & Easy announces four new stores set to open this July

BY Anna Mcgrath

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market announced the grand opening of four California stores in Pasadena, Oxnard and Santa Barbara County set to open this July.

Based on customer feedback, Fresh & Easy announced it will be introducing over 1,000 new products to existing stores over the summer. Customers should expect to see more Fresh & Easy brand products, larger pack sizes, more national brands and exclusive new lines of national brand-quality products at low prices.

“As we have always done, we continue to listen and evolve to improve the shopping trip for customers. We’re hearing customers want to stretch their dollars even further, without compromising on quality,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO. “Particularly in this economy, we’re pleased we can open four additional stores in new neighborhoods while creating more than 80 high-quality jobs.”

Fresh & Easy currently operates 120 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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