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Fort Knox Exchange undergoes major remodel

BY Antoinette Alexander

DALLAS  — Fort Knox Exchange has completed its first full remodel in 20 years, bringing military shoppers a modern shopping experience that includes more brands and updates stores.

The 115,000-sq.-ft. Exchange, which took seven months and $3.5 million to update, boasts three separate merchandise areas — Home, Life and Style — to appeal to military shoppers’ active lifestyle.

“You can expect to see anything here that you’ll find in any department store,” stated Col. Thomas Edwards, the Fort Knox Garrison commander. “Each day, the Fort Knox team works to make improvements here for your benefit and the community’s benefit as a whole. The Exchange is proof of this commitment.”

The Exchange’s makeover includes updated shopping sections, such as Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. In the mall, three separate concession areas have been consolidated to accommodate more name-brand concessions, including Patriot Outfitters, which sells military tactical gear.

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Target, MLB team up for education

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target and Major League Baseball are working together this baseball season to engage guests and fans in celebrating the nation’s teachers and inspiring kids.

Efforts will include Target joining MLB and People’s longstanding tradition of recognizing community heroes through the Target Presents “People All-Star Teachers” program, hosting a series of events in schools across the country and honoring teachers at the 2014 All-Star Game. In addition to the education-related efforts, the relationship also will include special events and retail opportunities in connection with the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

From Spring Training through All-Star Week, current and former MLB players, including New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, will encourage fans to nominate their All-Star teachers, share stories about their personal support of education and participate in Target-hosted events, such as School Library Makeovers, in MLB communities.

"Target is honored to partner with Major League Baseball in celebrating great teachers nationwide," stated Laysha Ward, president of community relations at Target. "Teachers are essential to helping kids reach their full potential and keeping them on the path to high school graduation. This partnership helps bring to life Target’s commitment to give $1 billion to education by the end of 2015."

 

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Bi-Lo Holdings to convert some Harveys to Winn-Dixie and vice versa

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains, on Friday announced the decision to convert seven existing Harveys stores to Winn-Dixie stores and three existing Winn-Dixie stores to Harveys stores. These stores are part of the pending acquisition of 134 operating stores from Delhaize Group.

“We carefully evaluated the market areas around each store and made conversion decisions that we believe will work best for customers,” stated Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. “Customers will not see any change to the level of quality they have come to expect from either banner.”

Last month Bi-Lo Holdings received approval from the Federal Trade Commission to proceed with the transaction to acquire the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize Group pending the divestiture of 12 stores by Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize Group retaining two stores and converting them to the Food Lion banner.

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