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Duane Reade’s charitable arm announces new donation record for AIDS Walk New York

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — New York-based Duane Reade announced on Friday that the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation has set a new fundraising record for the 26th annual AIDS Walk New York as a presenting sponsor of the event.

AWNY raises funds for Gay Men’s Health Crisis and 41 other local AIDS service organizations that provide food, housing, medical care and more to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as prevention work that reached hundreds of thousands throughout the tri-state area. This year’s 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) AWNY is expected to attract more than 45,000 participants and will be held in New York’s Central Park on May 15.

As part of its partnership with AWNY, Duane Reade sold $1 paper red-ribbon pinups in its stores between April 3 and May 15. The drug store chain also offered Look Boutique beauty product giveaways, bake sales and other initiatives to drive additional support. With the support of the New York community, combined with a donation from the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, Duane Reade donated $400,000 to AWNY, thereby setting a new fundraising record.

To celebrate this year’s walk, Chuck Newsom, SVP store operations for Duane Reade, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on May 10.

Since its inception, AWNY has raised more than $116 million to fight AIDS in the tri-state area, and the AIDS Walk movement has raised more than one half-billion dollars nationwide. In addition to its monetary donation, Duane Reade also is donating bottled water that will be distributed to participants along the walk route on the day of the race.

The Duane Reade Charitable Foundation was formed in March 2007 and is committed to supporting charitable organizations that promote health and wellness in New York’s communities. A portion of the charity’s budget also is reserved to support programs that address local community needs.

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Former Walmart executive named Save-A-Lot president, CEO

BY Allison Cerra

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu banner Save-A-Lot has appointed a new leader, replacing company veteran Bill Shaner, who lead the division since 2006.

Taking the reins from 27-year veteran Shaner, who outlined a significant growth strategy for the hard discount chain, is Santiago Roces, who most recently served as SVP and general manager of Walmart’s small-format division. Roces’ career includes more than 20 years’ experience in the grocery and food industry, as well as experience in franchise development and private-brand penetration, which likely will aid Supervalu’s previously announced plans to to double the number of Save-A-Lot stores to more than 2,400 locations by the end of 2015, as well as Save-A-Lot’s business model, which boasts nearly 80% of its products packaged under private label.

During Shaner’s tenure, the company grew by 92 stores in 2010.

“Santiago is a nice fit for our company and for Save-A-Lot,” Supervalu president and CEO Craig Herkert said. “We believe he is the right individual to lead this organization forward and to help ensure [that] we realize the aggressive growth plans that have been established."

Herkert added, “We wish Bill well in all his future endeavors and appreciate his commitment to Supervalu for the past 27 years, and more recently his leadership and guidance as we laid out an aggressive growth strategy for Save-A-Lot.”

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Food Lion opens third LEED store

BY Gail Hoffer

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has opened its third store certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, in Hope Mills, N.C.

“By building our third LEED grocery store, we will reduce energy costs by more than 20% compared to a typical supermarket, as well as conserve 40% more water than other Food Lion stores,” said Kyle Mitchell, VP store development for Delhaize America South. “Food Lion has one of the most advanced retail energy conservation programs in the country.”

Mitchell noted that, for the past 10 years, Food Lion has been dedicated to such sustainability initiatives as energy conservation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its 11-state footprint, reducing its energy consumption by more than 27% since 2000, or 2.5 trillion BTUs.

The new Hope Mills store touts a number of eco-friendly features, including LED lighting in the frozen food cases, low-flow and sensor-activated water fixtures in restrooms, and native plant species that eliminate irrigation requirements.

Other green features include:

  • Enhanced air quality for associates and customers by using low-toxicity materials and implementing proactive management plans throughout construction to ensure optimal indoor air quality;

  • Environmental education via a kiosk in the store;

  • Construction waste diverted from landfills through recycling; and

  • Customer and associate recycling programs at the store that feature environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including an on-site recycling center, an educational kiosk and preferred parking for carpool vehicles.

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