Hamacher Resource Group calls 2012 charitable donations ‘exceptional’
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Employees of retail health firm Hamacher Resource Group contributed more than $10,000 to local charities last year, the company said.
"A vital part of our culture is that we are a caring organization," HRG president Dawn Vogelsang said. "We value our employees, and it’s important to us to honor and support organizations that they believe in with our contributions."
Bartell to open 59th store in downtown Seattle
SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs will build its 59th store in one of Seattle’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.
Bartells said it would open the store in the South Lake Union neighborhood, home to a growing number of residents and also Amazon’s headquarters.
In addition to a full-service pharmacy and OTC section, the 11,600-sq.-ft. store, at the corner of Terry and Mercer streets, will include the chain’s "next generation" store concept with an "Urban Market," "Sweets & Snacks," an expanded selection of pet supplies and organic and locally produced products.
"This is an exciting urban location, and our goal is to provide our mix of services and product offerings tailored to workers and residents in the neighborhood," Bartells chairman and CEO George D. Bartell said.
The company said the new store would mark a return of the chain to the neighborhood; founder George Bartell, Sr. established the chain’s headquarters on nearby Boren Avenue, which eventually included a candy factory and photo processing lab, serving as the headquarters until 1985.
Ahold USA donates $9 million in new funding to hunger-relief groups
CARLISLE, Pa. — The parent company of the Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle and Giant-Landover supermarket chains is donating $9 million over three years to alleviate child hunger.
Ahold USA said it would distribute the money in Fighting Child Hunger grants from its Our Family Foundation. The foundation has awarded grants to 21 regional food banks in areas served by the company’s banners.
The company said it donated nearly $67 million through the Our Family Foundation in 2012 to local organizations that fight hunger, improve the lives of children and build healthy communities.
"Grocery stores are among the top donors to Feeding America food banks nationwide, and these grants will take our core missions of hunger relief and helping children a step further by raising awareness for the issue and feeding more children in the local communities we serve," Our Family Foundation EVP operations and chairman Bhavdeep Singh said. "Companywide, Ahold USA and our retail divisions will continue our commitment to donating cash, product and volunteer time, delivering on a call to action to do everything we can to alleviate childhood hunger."