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Food Lion, customers raise more than $100K for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion stores located along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina raised more than $100,000 during the retailer’s "Thriller on the Griller at the Beach" events.

The events, which took place from June 17 to July 3 at 14 stores, raised $101,149, Food Lion said. The company said that the funds raised surpassed the retailer’s goal by nearly $15,000.

Funds raised will provide families with such assistance as help with the purchase of hospital medical equipment or other needs as identified by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Safeway raises more than $10.1 million for prostate cancer research

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced that its month-long prostate cancer campaign raised nearly $10.1 million as part of the company’s ongoing effort to fund research geared toward finding a cure for the leading cancer affecting men.

“We are grateful to our customers for their extraordinary generosity,” Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation Larree Renda said. “Thanks to their contributions, we are funding leading-edge research at some of the nation’s top cancer centers and helping researchers move closer to a cure for prostate cancer. Our employees are important ambassadors for the cause and also deserve a great deal of credit for the success of this effort.”

For more than a decade, Safeway has dedicated the entire month of June to raising funds at its stores, production facilities and corporate offices for prostate cancer research. The company works with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to identify and provide grants for promising research.

Throughout the prostate cancer campaign, the company’s U.S. and Canadian stores provide customers an opportunity to make donations at the checkstand when shopping at their local Safeway, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi’s, Vons, Pavilions, Carrs and Pak N Save stores.

Along with prostate cancer research, Safeway is one of the largest corporate supporters of breast cancer research, having raised nearly $94 million for that cause. In addition, the company contributes to a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2010 raised or donated more than $200 million to education, hunger relief, health and human services, and programs focused on assisting people with disabilities, the grocer stated.

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Report: Walmart may be eyeing Rite Aid

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Rumors have been circulating that Walmart may be out to buy Rite Aid, though nothing has been confirmed yet, according to published reports.

Crain’s New York Business reported Sunday that the rumors surfaced because many thought the idea would make sense, considering Walmart’s ambitions to enter the New York market have been dashed by local labor unions, while Rite Aid continues to have issues with debt and store closings. A purchase of Rite Aid, analysts said, would boost Walmart’s sales — which have been in decline lately  — and give it a huge presence in the city, where the retail pharmacy chain operates nearly 200 stores.

But in addition to not talking to Crain’s, Rite Aid didn’t comment to Drug Store News about the rumors either because, at least for the time being, that’s just what they are: rumors.

And whatever the future holds, Rite Aid’s moves as of late don’t suggest it’s looking to sell itself. While many — including an analyst quoted in the Crain’s article — have suggested that the chain sell off its West Coast stores, it has consistently refused to do so. It recently converted one West Coast store, in Newport Beach, Calif., to its new Wellness store format, which is part of the chain’s broader effort to pursue organic growth; that effort includes plans to remodel about 500 stores during fiscal year 2012.

While all the Wellness stores except the Newport Beach one are on the East Coast, the fact that it has one in California indicates that it’s looking to improve its West Coast business rather than let go of it.

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A.GODLEY says:
Dec-30-2011 12:07 am

Adam, I agree. But it would sure give Walmart a significant advantage in a number of areas. Clearly the inner city markets as well as extended coverage to offer employers with a direct relationship. Not to mention the opportunity to continue the development of the small store format.

A.FEIN says:
Jul-18-2011 05:01 pm

Anything is possible, I suppose, but I didn't see a single credible fact in the Crain's article. Read it for yourself here: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20110717/SUB/110719927 (Hey, DBN, why not publish the original link?) Just my $0.02, but Rite-Aid is not in danger of going bankrupt because of last summer's debt restructuring. See Rite-Aid Postpones Judgment Day (Again) Adam

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