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Giant-Landover kicks off 25th year of school-benefits program

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., is bringing back a rewards program for schools for the 25th year, the supermarket chain said Thursday.

Giant-Landover announced the the start of its annual A+ School Rewards fundraiser, which allows customers to sign up and designate up to two schools. Rewards accrue with each purchase using a Giant card starting on Oct. 4 and lasting through March 20. Last year, one school received more than $26,700, and the program has raised more than $88 million since 1989; money raised can be used for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds and other needs.

"In its 25th year, A+ School Rewards continues to be Giant’s flagship educational program," Giant president Anthony Hucker said. "Hundreds of thousands of students and educators across Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware have been able to benefit from this tremendous rewards initiative. Giant is proud to stand by our commitment to support and nurture the communities that make us the nation’s capital grocer."

 

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Proxy advisory firms recommend that Actavis-Warner Chilcott deal go through

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Three independent proxy advisory firms are recommending that Actavis shareholders vote in favor of the company’s proposed acquisition of Warner Chilcott.

Actavis said Thursday that Institutional Shareholder Services, Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones had issued the recommendation regarding the $8.5 billion acquisition of Ireland-based Warner Chilcott, announced in May.

The deal is the subject of a meeting of Actavis shareholders that will take place on the morning of Sept. 10 at the Parsippany Hilton in Parsippany, N.J. Major regulatory authorities in Europe have approved the deal, which is still awaiting approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

 

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Giant-Landover brings total number of Peapod pickup spots to 20

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LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., has opened 20 pickup locations with online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said.

Giant, owned by Ahold USA, announced the recent opening of three new locations, in Bowie, Md., Sterling, Va., and Chevy Chase, Md.

"We’re very excited to be working with our sister grocer Peapod so closely to execute our Giant Pick-up program, an excellent convenience for customers in the Mid-Atlantic region," Giant president Anthony Hucker said. "Our hybrid fuel station, paired with the ability to pick up groceries, is offering our customers an even deeper level of convenience."

The announcement closely follows one from fellow Ahold USA banner Stop & Shop, which operates in New York, New Jersey and New England. Stop & Shop said it would open nine new Peapod pickup locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, bringing its total to 27.

 

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