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Duane Reade’s Lederer moves to U.S. Foodservice

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROSEMONT, Ill. Duane Reade chairman and CEO John Lederer is moving on to serve as the new president, CEO and board member at U.S. Foodservice on Sept. 8, the food service distributor announced on Friday.

In the spring, Walgreens acquired Manhattan-based Duane Reade, which Lederer joined in 2008 and immediately embarked on a company-wide revitalization effort. Before joining Duane Reade, he spent 30 years at Loblaw Companies Ltd., a Canadian grocery retailer and wholesale food distributor. He held a number of leadership roles at Loblaw including president from 2001 to 2006.

A spokesperson for Duane Reade was not immediately available to provide additional information.

“John is an incredibly accomplished executive whose personal integrity and leadership style are a great fit for the culture at U.S. Foodservice,” stated Edward Libby, chairman of U.S. Foodservice. “John also has tremendous depth in enhancing the customer value proposition and improving the customer experience and I’m confident he will be a terrific leader for U.S. Foodservice.”

U.S. Foodservice is a foodservice distributor offering more than 43,000 national, private-label and signature brand items and an array of services to more than 250,000 customers. The Rosemont, Ill.-based company has roughly $19 billion in annualized revenue.

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Food Lion selects OfficeMax as a supplier

BY DSN STAFF

SALISBURY, N.C. Food Lion announced that OfficeMax will be the supplier for its family of brands, which includes Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Reid’s.

According to Food Lion, its stores will carry more than 200 OfficeMax products year-round, including award-winning Tul writing instruments, Dioga style supply products and various grades of OfficeMax brand copy paper. Stores also will carry a variety of such back-to-school items as notebooks, school glue and crayons.

“The Food Lion family is very excited about offering the OfficeMax product line at great prices for our customers,” said Ann Raives, Food Lion family director of category management. “This partnership with OfficeMax will provide our customers access to a number of office and school supply products that can be conveniently purchased during their grocery shopping trip.”

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Weis opens remodeled store

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Thursday announced its State College remodel and that it will be donating $16,000 as part of its Grand Opening Celebration to be held Aug. 14.

Local donations include $10,000 to the Nittany Medical Center’s Rural Diabetes program, $5,000 to Centre Volunteers for Medicine and $1,000 to Alpha Fire Department, the volunteer fire company servicing Ferguson Township, where the store is located.

As part of the remodel, the store has all new decor, upgraded produce and bakery departments and an improved pharmacy.

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