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Giant Eagle opens Market District store in Ohio

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio Giant Eagle on Thursday announced the opening of its first Ohio Market District food store — a 132,000-sq.-ft. upscale grocer — in the redeveloped Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington.

The Kingsdale Market District, the fourth for the multiformat food retailer, also marks the region’s first Ohio State University Medical Center FastCare retail health clinic, which will offer seasonal flu shots and screening events during the site’s first few weeks. Set to begin providing all services on Nov. 9, the clinic will offer a convenient extension to primary care physicians and urgent care centers with integrated health records, and allow for diagnosis and treatment of many basic acute, episodic health conditions and minor injuries.

“The opening of the new Kingsdale Market District offers all of our best food ideas and discoveries in one place,” stated Giant Eagle’s senior EVP and chief strategy officer Laura Karet. “As a company, we are so excited to bring our customers the very best food experience imaginable — fresh, unique, delicious, colorful — all of the things someone thinks about when they taste something new and incredible.”

“What I see in this new building is not just a set of walls,” stated Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland during an opening presentation delivered Thursday morning. “I see new jobs for our people and a new day for Ohio. Market District is creating 400 jobs and transforming the Kingsdale shopping plaza in Upper Arlington,” Strickland said. “That’s an investment in central Ohio’s future and a great example of the new opportunities that are rising up in Ohio today.”

The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman kicked off the store’s official grand opening with an in-store appearance. Others on hand to celebrate the grand opening on Thursday included “The Cheese Lady” Sarah Kaufman, Veggy Art founder James Parker and former Tennessee Titan runningback Eddie George. The festivities will continue over the weekend with appearances from season-four “Hell’s Kitchen” winner Christina Machamer on Friday, and America’s youngest four-star chef and judge on “MasterChef,” Graham Elliot Bowles, on Saturday, Giant Eagle announced.

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Save-A-Lot opens distribution center

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS Supervalu subsidiary and hard-discount grocery retailer Save-A-Lot will open a new distribution center in North Carolina.

The retailer said its 325,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Lexington, N.C., is scheduled to open in December 2011. The new building will be a state-of-the-art food distribution center utilizing the latest in green technologies, including lights that only operate when a person is present and an HVAC system that uses smart thermostats, Save-A-Lot said.

“The Lexington distribution center will enable us to serve our current stores more efficiently and at the same time, grow our business in the region,” said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO.

Save-A-Lot operates approximately 1,200 stores in 39 states, and said it plans to double the number of stores it operates nationally over the next five years.

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Safeway’s Q3 down 4.5%

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday reported net income of $122.8 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 11, down 4.5% as compared with the year-ago period. Results for the third quarter included $12 million in employee severance charges, offset by a lower tax rate, compared with third quarter 2009.

"Our third-quarter results were in line with our expectations," stated Steve Burd, chairman, president and CEO. "The trend in price per item improved during the quarter. … We continue to tailor our offerings to the changing needs of our customers, with innovative consumer brand launches of Refreshe beverages and In-Kind personal care products, while offering lower everyday prices and attractive club card specials."

Total sales were down 1% to $9.4 billion in the third quarter. Same-store sales were down 2% due to a decline in price-per-item.

 

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