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Whole Foods announces goal of 1,000 U.S. stores

BY DSN STAFF

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb told investors at a Jefferies Global Consumer Conference that the 300-store chain is expected to grow to 1,000 stores in the United States.

The organic grocer sees opportunity in Canada as well, and Robb said it expects to grow its store count there from six to 35.

As reported by Reuters on Wednesday, Robb said the tumult in the commercial property market has created opportunities for companies looking to expand, and Whole Foods has identified locations where it "can put some bets down and take advantage of that," Robb said. However, he added, the chain has left itself flexibility room to exit leases should the economy significantly worsen.

"We have some contingency plans so that if we needed to, we could slow down," Robb said, who added that leases now include exit and buyout clauses.

Robb said Whole Foods would give more detail on growth plans on the company’s next quarterly earnings call.

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Stop & Shop opens Andover, Mass., store

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop opened a new store in Andover, Mass., on Friday, the company said.

The new store, which touts several full-service departments, also features Check It! self checkout lanes, Scan It! handheld devices that allow customers to scan and bag groceries while they shop, as well as Order It! deli kiosks, where shoppers may pre-order deli items. Redbox and Coinstar kiosks are also available, the company said.

Additionally, the store also boasts a variety of energy-efficient features, including:

  • ECM motors in the refrigerated fixtures and walk-in coolers;

  • Low-mercury energy efficient T5 HO fluorescent light fixtures with occupancy sensors in the storage areas and offices;

  • LED lights for accent lighting (also in the refrigerated display cases and interior/exterior signage);

  • An energy management system to monitor the performance of the lighting, refrigeration, and HVAC systems; and

  • Low flow fixtures in the bathrooms and prep areas to reduce water consumption.

"For nearly 100 years, customers have relied on Stop & Shop to have quality products at a good value," Stop & Shop New England division president Mark McGowan said. "In preparation for the opening, we worked to bring our signature value and community spirit to Andover. We believe the community will enjoy this fresh shopping experience as well as the quality, selection and customer service they have come to expect from Stop & Shop."

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Brita’s FilterForGood movement hits the road with Dave Matthews Band

BY Allison Cerra

OAKLAND, Calif. — Water filter brand Brita has tapped its FilterForGood team to encourage consumers to reduce their bottled water waste through a series of three-day music festivals headlined by Dave Matthews Band.

The first-ever Dave Matthews Band Caravan will take place in Atlantic City, N.J., from June 24 to 26; Chicago, from July 8 to 10; New York, from Aug. 26 to 28; and the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash., from Sept. 2 to 4. As part of the promotion, the Brita FilterForGood team is offering fans exclusive opportunities to stay connected with Dave Matthews Band Caravan prior to each festival date. Fans can "like" the Brita FilterForGood page on Facebook to view giveaway announcements and learn more about how they could win three-day general admission or VIP festival passes to attend 1-of-the-4 Dave Matthews Band Caravan stops, Brita said.

Founded in 2007, the FilterForGood movement was developed by Brita and reusable bottle maker Nalgene to encourage people to reduce their bottled water waste by switching to reusable bottles filled with filtered water.

For more information, visit Filterforgood.com.

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