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Bi-Lo Holdings to rebrand 17 Sweetbay stores under its Winn-Dixie banner

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, on Wednesday announced that on March 29 it will begin to rebrand 17 Sweetbay stores throughout much of the Tampa-St. Pete, Largo and Bradenton areas.

“Upon reopening as a Winn-Dixie, we believe customers will be pleasantly surprised to see that we have been working hard to provide the fresh, quality products they want at prices they can afford,” stated Joey Medina, Winn-Dixie’s regional VP. “Plus, we will offer a suite of in-store savings programs, like the fuelperks! Reward Program, which lets customers earn incredible savings at participating Shell stations every time they shop with their Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card.”

Other savings programs include a $4 and $10 generic prescription savings program, plus discounts on many name-brand medications.

“While the name on the storefronts is changing, the people running them don’t have to," Medina said. "We’ve invited Sweetbay associates to join the Winn-Dixie family and look forward to exchanging what it means to be local as we work together to run even greater stores.”

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Meijer making a push into Wisconsin

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, Wis. — Meijer is investing $146 million to purchase and remodel an existing Supervalu facility in Pleasant Prairie for a new distribution center, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced earlier this week. The 770,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will be located in the LakeView Corporate Park, is expected to serve stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and possibly other states.

Meijer is eligible for up to $5.3 million in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation over the next eight years. The actual amount of the credits will be contingent upon the number of jobs created. The announcement comes one week after company president Hank Meijer said the Michigan-based retailer was planning a major push in Wisconsin.

Meijer currently has plans to open stores in Grafton, Oak Creek, Kenosha, Wauwatosa, Sussex and Waukesha over the next two years.

“This is great news for Kenosha County, which has proven that it is a very attractive area for job creators looking to grow and expand here in Wisconsin,” Walker stated. “We’ll continue to do our part to improve the business climate in the state by cutting taxes, streamlining regulations, and investing in worker training, to keep our positive economic growth heading in the right direction.” 

 

 

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Ferring fertility drugs get FDA nod for new labels

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced that it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for new labeling of its fertility products Menopur and Bravelle. The update is a result of the Combine trial, which showed that both Menopur and Bravelle can be safely mixed and administered in a single injection.

"Ferring is excited to provide an IVF treatment option that requires fewer injections," said Nick Hart, Ferring’s business unit head for U.S. Reproductive Health. "We are pleased with the FDA’s response and look forward to offering physicians and patients the ability for customization and a simplified treatment protocol."

Menopur and Bravelle are both prescription medicines containing hormones that stimulate healthy ovaries to make eggs.

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