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Weis Markets to open superstore

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Monday announced it has begun the construction of a 70,000-sq.-ft. shopping center in Forks Township near Easton, Pa.

The new center will include a 63,400-sq.-ft. superstore with the company’s newest store design and a gas-and-go station.

Weis expects to complete construction of the center and open the store in the late spring of 2011.

This is Weis Markets’ third new store announcement.  In July it announced new store projects in two Pennsylvania locations: West Lawn and Bellefonte.

As part of this project, Weis Markets will introduce its newest store design featuring expansive perishable departments, a pharmacy and large center store and HBC departments.  Each department will offer increased selection and variety, the grocer stated.

The new store design also will utilize advanced refrigeration and climate control technologies designed to lessen its impact on the ozone layer and climate change.  These technologies will reduce the store’s refrigerant charge by 50% compared with a conventional supermarket.

The new stores also will feature a number of energy reducing technologies, including: solar/thermal rated windows and reflective roofs and skylights for natural lighting.

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Hy-Vee acquires two stores

BY Alaric DeArment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee will acquire two stores in the upper Midwest, Hy-Vee said Tuesday.

Hy-Vee agreed to purchase two stores from Sunshine Foods, one in Sioux Falls, S.D., and one in Windom, Minn. Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee already operates five stores in Sioux Falls and one in Windom.

“Sioux Falls is a key market for Hy-Vee, and the addition of these two stores will enable us to expand our services to more customers in more areas of the city,” Hy-Vee VP western region Paula Correy said . “In Windom, we will be able to replace our outdated store with a newer, larger facility.”

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DigiPower introduces Jump Start Slim

BY Allison Cerra

AVENEL, N.J. DigiPower has launched a rechargeable auxiliary battery pack for smart phones.

The Jump Start Slim is a 1100mAh auxiliary battery pack that measures 1/4-inch thin, weighs 2 oz. and also features optimized circuitry that allow for faster charging times from a computer or standard USB charger. It retails for $29.95.

“Never before has so much rechargeable power been packed into a case so small, thin, and light,” said DigiPower President Maurice Mizrahi. “Less than half the size and weight of currently available battery packs, Jump Start Slim is designed to provide consumers with three additional hours of 3G talk time, 7 additional house of video playback, and 21 additional hours of audio enjoyment.”

For more information, Mizco.com.

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