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Weis Markets expands gas rewards program

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Wednesday announced the expansion of its gas rewards program for its stores in Sunbury, Selinsgrove, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg and Milton, Pa. The new program allows customers to redeem their Weis Preferred Shoppers Club Gas Reward points for discounts on gas purchases at Sheetz locations in Lewisburg, Selinsgrove and Mifflinburg.

“In recent years, many of our Weis Preferred Shoppers Club members have earned tremendous discounts on their gas purchases,” stated Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets’ spokesman. “Our gas rewards program already offers the best discounts and now we’ve increased the number of locations where our Weis Club customers can redeem their gas rewards. … We are extremely pleased to be working with a great partner like Sheetz.

“In recent months, we’ve introduced our Price Freeze program and expanded our 90-Day, $9.99 Generic prescription program to 400 drugs and antibiotics,” Curtin added. “We will continue to look for creative ways to add every day value to the Weis Markets’ shopping experience.”

Customers earn Gas Reward points on purchases in Weis Markets stores when they use their Weis Preferred Shoppers Card. With a $50 purchase, a Weis Club customer earns a 10 cents per gallon discount when purchasing up to 30 gallons of gas. If a Weis Club customer spends $100 during one transaction, the customer qualifies for a 20 cents per gallon discount while a $200 purchase earns a 40 cents per gallon discount. There is no discount limit. This offer is good on a per transaction basis and does not aggregate.

The Weis Gas Rewards discount will continue to be available at all locally owned Weis Gas stations.

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Rite Aid continues partnership with Children’s Miracle Network

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid will kick off its 15th annual national fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network March 29, the retailer announced Tuesday.

During the campaign, which runs through May 16, more than 109,000 associates at Rite Aid stores, distribution centers and corporate offices nationwide will sell $1 paper Miracle Balloons to help raise money for their local children’s hospital.

“One of our core values is that we are a caring neighbor, involved in community activities in meaningful ways,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. “I’m so proud of the commitment and dedication Rite Aid associates have to Children’s Miracle Network. Each year they go above and beyond to raise funds for their local children’s hospitals, because they know they’re making a difference, helping to save and improve the lives of millions of children.”

This year’s campaign, “15 Years of Miracles,” is in honor of all of the miracles that have occurred for millions of children and their families, thanks in part to the efforts of Rite Aid associates, suppliers and customers. Since 1994, Rite Aid has raised more than $36 million for 118 pediatric hospitals.

“Children’s Miracle Network has worked very closely with Rite Aid and all of their associates for the past 14 years,” stated Scott Burt, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network. “They continue to raise an astonishing amount of money that helps save children’s lives. Children’s Miracle Network is proud to have Rite Aid on our team.”

In 2008, Rite Aid associates raised nearly $5 million for Children’s Miracle Network. In addition to selling $1 paper Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates host special events to raise funds for the charity including motorcycle rides, comedy shows and bowling tournaments. For example, one of Rite Aid’s store managers in Conway, Pa. last year walked 44 miles in 15 hours, raising more than $4,200 for his local children’s hospital.

At the company’s headquarters in Camp Hill, PA, executives washed employees’ cars and competed in a series of sporting events, raising nearly $200,000 for the local children’s hospital.

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Newly formed detergent co. to enter market in 2010

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK American Detergents Corp, a newly formed entity, has announced plans to enter the Private Label & Branded Laundry Detergent market, during the first quarter of 2010.

The plans include next generation vertically integrated blow molding, smart blending, & high volume filling substations.

The company will utilize the latest automated & robotic high speed equipment. The facility will incorporate clean wind energy as well as PURox ultra pure USP water filtration systems in its manufacturing process.

American Detergents has selected a strategic east coast facility, which will be announced with the States Governor, Local Authorities, & Company Representatives. The final design and engineering are in the process of being completed. All significant agreements for land acquisition, equipment, and engineering have been finalized.

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