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The Exchange taps Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox as chairman

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service on Monday announced that Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox will serve as the chairman of the Exchange board of directors, effective Dec. 2.

Lt. Gen. Cox, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Air Force deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services on Nov. 5, will replace Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, who served as chairman of the Exchange board of directors since April 2013 and retired from the Air Force on Nov. 21.

As deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, General Cox serves as the senior Air Force officer responsible for comprehensive plans and policies covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel management.

Prior to his current assignment, Lt. Gen. Cox was director of operations and plans, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He was responsible for directing the deployment of forces and the distribution of supplies and equipment for humanitarian, peacetime and wartime operations for the Department of Defense, including joint training, exercises and war planning.

 

 

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Safeway sells 11 Chicago stores to Roundy’s

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick’s stores in the Chicago metropolitan area in a cash and lease assumption transaction to Roundy’s. Roundy’s will take possession of the stores during a transition period that will take place over the next two months.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. 

Earlier this year, Safeway announced its decision to exit the Chicago market and focus its efforts in other operating areas where its business is stronger. The company continues to be actively engaged in a process to identify purchasers for its remaining stores in the Chicago market.  

Safeway previously announced the sale of four stores in the greater Chicago area to New Albertsons, which operates Jewel-Osco grocery stores.

 

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WSJ: Amazon.com sets up shop in San Francisco mall

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Amazon.com has set up a pop-up store within a San Francisco mall where it is selling Kindle tablets and e-readers, as well as branded covers and power adapters from vending machines, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal published Friday. 

And though Amazon.com had expressed no immediate plans to establish a brick-and-mortar retail outlet, WSJ observed that the pop-up store may be representative of what a future retail outlet might look like. 

The miniature store was staffed by two employees and featured Kindle Paperwhite e-readers on display. 

Citing one of the employees at the location, WSJ reported that the pop-up store would close after two weeks. 

An Amazon spokeswoman told WSJ that the temporary stores were in a handful of malls as part of a marketing campaign.

 

 

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