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Winn Dixie stores in New Orleans to feature recovery kiosks

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW ORLEANS The city government of New Orleans last week announced that all local Winn Dixie grocery stores will feature City of New Orleans recovery kiosks, providing shoppers with a one-stop experience.

“Winn Dixie continues to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the recovery of New Orleans,” stated Mayor Ray Nagin. “Winn Dixie was the first major grocery store to reopen in New Orleans East following Hurricane Katrina, which was a strong signal of their investment in this recovery. And today, by rolling out City of New Orleans kiosks that feature recovery project maps, as well as express city services, Winn Dixie continues to show that they value their customers and this city.”

The kiosks will enable citizens to access city services online, allowing them to complete tasks such as paying parking tickets or obtaining permits; review the status of city projects by viewing the recovery maps; and register for the City Assisted Evacuated Plan in time for hurricane season.

Similar kiosks are already in use in the lobby of City Hall.

“After Katrina we were the last stores closed and the first stores reopened,” stated Joey Medina, regional VP Winn Dixie. “We remain committed to helping New Orleans recover, not just as the retail grocery store of choice but as a caring neighbor in every community we serve.”

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Price Chopper opens new store in Colchester, Vt.

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Price Chopper announced Tuesday the opening of a new store in Colchester, Vt.

The store is a 20,000-square-foot former P&C at the corner of Porters Point and Prim roads. The opening ceremony included Price Chopper president and CEO Neil Golub, executive vice president and COO Jerry Golub, Colchester town manager Al Voegele and others.

“We are thrilled to introduce ourselves to the community of Colchester and surrounding communities,” Neil Golub said in a statement. “I am confident that consumers will appreciate the superior quality and value of what Price Chopper has to offer.”

Price Chopper’s Web site does not list the store as having a pharmacy.

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Aura Cacia launches natural electric air freshener

BY Allison Cerra

URBANA, Iowa Aura Cacia is introducing a line of new electric aromatherapy air fresheners for home and office, using 100% pure essential oils to provide fragrance. The full ingredient deck on the packaging – not always provided on scented products – assures consumers that only natural ingredients are used for fragrance.

“People are becoming more sensitive to synthetic fragrances and are looking for natural alternative scents for their homes, as well as products that fit their scent preferences and design style,” said Jane Merten, senior brand manager at Aura Cacia. “The 100% pure essential oils used in our sleek, attractive diffusers provide aromatherapy benefits to help create a special atmosphere that’s unique to each freshener.”

The air freshener is available in four appealing aromas, including: Relaxing Lavender, Refreshing Lime & Grapefruit, Uplifting Bergamot & Orange and Comforting Spices & Clove.

The package, which includes both the essential oil blend and the heating unit, retails for $14.99. The refill units are interchangeable with the electric diffuser and retail for $6.99. All items are available on the Aura Cacia Web site at www.auracacia.com or any natural retailer that carries Aura Cacia products.

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