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Fisher-Price’s iconic record player returns to retail

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. Fisher-Price’s iconic Music Box record player is returning to retail shelves after a 30-year absence.

The preschool toy features a classic wind-up mechanism that plays the records as they spin around the turntable. Each player comes complete with five individual records featuring 10 songs (two songs per record), and features a convenient compartment for storing the records and built-in handle for tunes on the go. Featured songs include: “Humpty Dumpty,” “Jack and Jill,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Farmer In the Dell,” “Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone,” “London Bridge,” “Camptown Races,” “Children’s Marching Song (This Old Man),” “Hickory Dickory Dock” and “Au Clair De La Lune.”

The record player will begin its rollout exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

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Ideavillage Products to market, distribute Criss Angel magic kit

BY Allison Cerra

WAYNE, N.J. Famed illusionist and star of A&E’s “MindFreak” Criss Angel has partnered with Ideavillage Products to market and distribute his Platinum MindFreak magic kit.

The new magic line is geared toward people of all ages. The kit consists of more than 250 MindFreak tricks, including an instruction manual and DVD, as well as 6 individual MindFreak tricks with instructions. The kit is slated hit retail shelves next month.

“Criss Angel is a world class performing artist. It’s what he does best. TV is all about magic demonstrations which make it the perfect venue for introducing Criss’ new kit,” said Anand Khubani, Ideavillage Products CEO and founder. “Ideavillage is a leading marketer, product manufacturer, and distributor. The partnership just made sense because it allows both our organizations to use our talent and channel our energies in the right direction.”

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Report: Bi-Lo goes up for sale

BY Allison Cerra

MAULDIN, S.C. Just a few months after completing its financial restructuring, Bi-Lo reportedly is for sale, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that the chain, which operates 207 stores across four states and is owned by Lone Star Funds, is being pursued by Kroger and Publix. Recently, Bi-Lo launched a health-and-wellness initiative called Thrive, which is designed to educate shoppers on healthy living alternatives. Bi-Lo also revealed itself as a “stronger, better” supermarket chain late last month at the grand reopening of its Greer, S.C., location.

“This redesigned store represents all the great things Bi-Lo is doing to provide customers tremendous savings without having to sacrifice the quality and service they desire,” Michael Byars, president and CEO of Bi-Lo, recently said. “We are proud of our teammates’ hard work on this collective effort and we look forward to exceeding the expectations of our customers.”

Lone Star declined to comment to the press regarding this matter.

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