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Kroger commits to lowering prices across 3,500 items in home market

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Local Kroger stores will discontinue doubling coupons and will instead lower prices on about 3,500 items, according to a report published in the Business Courier last week. The new everyday lower prices and corresponding shelf tags were rolled out on Monday. 

Kroger will cease doubling coupons up to 50 cents by March and the change is only taking place across the Cincinnati/Dayton division. 

According to the report, Kroger has committed to tripling the amount once budgeted for doubling coupons as part of the new lower prices initiative.


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Walgreens recognizes six St. Louis teens as part of the company’s Expressions Challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS — Walgreens last week awarded six area teens cash prizes of up to $2,000 for their participation in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge, according to a story published in The St. Louis American Tuesday. 

The winners were selected out of more than 1,000 entries. 

Walgreens created the Expressions Challenge to engage high school teens between the ages 14 to 18 in the conversation of healthy choices for their future through creative expression. Currently, Expressions is executed in the Chicago and St. Louis markets. Over the last six years, Expressions has reached more than 500,000 teens, Walgreens reported.

The Expressions Challenge motivates teens to voice their opinion across relevant health topics through creative writing or through the use of multimedia or visual arts. 

The Expressions Challenge has awarded more than $70,000 in cash and prizes to date.

The Expressions Program reaches beyond the contest period through the Expressions Challenge Gallery Tours, where the entrants’ art work is on display at partner schools for a three to four week period to promote peer-to-peer healthy choices. Expressions “Stop. Think. Wait.” Poster Campaign transfers the entrants’ works from the Visual Arts category into posters with impactful messages, which are distributed to schools and organizations between Chicago and St. Louis.


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Kroger promotes Jeff Burt to president Central division

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday promoted Jeff Burt to president of the company’s Central division, where he will be responsible for 136 food stores primarily in Indiana and Illinois.

Burt, 50, has been group VP perishables, merchandising and procurement since 2010. He succeeds Bob Moeder, who recently announced his plans to retire this spring.

"In his 27-year career with Kroger, Jeff has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of our business," stated Rodney McMullen, president and COO Kroger. "His enthusiasm, keen sense of the customer and experience in merchandising and operations will be tremendous assets to the Central Division team."

Burt began his career with Kroger in 1986 as a management trainee. He has held a variety of leadership positions with the company in Cincinnati, Florida, Indianapolis and Seattle, including store manager, produce merchandiser and VP merchandising and operations. In 2004, he was named corporate VP deli/bakery merchandising and procurement, before being promoted to his most recent role in 2010.

The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 75 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio.

 

 

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