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Yankee Candle introduces Thanksgiving fragrances

BY Alaric DeArment

 SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle Co. has introduced its collection of scented, Thanksgiving-themed candles, the company said Monday.

Yankee announced the launch of the Thanksgiving Dinner Collection, which includes such fragrances as Turkey with Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Sweet Potato Pie. For each candle sold, $1 will be donated to the USO. The donations will take place between Sept. 30 and Oct. 31, and will support the USO’s Holiday Box program for military personnel stationed overseas.

"Many of our customers value Thanksgiving as a time for spending with loved ones, so the Thanksgiving Collection is a way for them to relive and celebrate the holiday," Yankee EVP brand, innovation and merchandising Hope Margala Klein said. "We are so grateful to be working with the USO to connect our troops overseas with home and show a token of our appreciation."

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Kroger names Steve McKinney president of Fry’s Food stores

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. has promoted Steve McKinney to president of the Fry’s Food Stores division. Fry’s operates 119 food stores in Arizona.

McKinney, 57, has been VP of operations at the company’s Ralphs division since 2007. He succeeds Jon Flora, who passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago.

"In his 31 years with the company, Steve has demonstrated a deep knowledge of our industry, excellence in operations, and a passion for serving our customers and our associates," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and CEO. "Steve has the expertise and energy to lead Fry’s in the years ahead. I know that he and our outstanding associates will continue to honor and sustain Fry’s great legacy of associate engagement, service to our customers, and communities."

 

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President George W. Bush to give opening keynote at SPECS

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Chain Store Age will celebrate its 50th annual SPECS show with a very special opening keynote: A Conversation with President George W. Bush.

The 43rd president of the United States will give the keynote at SPECS, the industry’s premier store development and facilities event, on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, Grapevine, Texas. The full conference will run March 9 – 12, 2014.

For more information and to register for SPECS, click here.

 

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