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Kroger joins paperless coupon service

BY DSN STAFF

WALTHAM, Mass. — Kroger now is offering its shoppers the ability to redeem SavingStar e-coupons when they use their Kroger Plus Card at checkout.

According to a press release from SavingStar, it is the only national paperless grocery coupon service, and the addition of Kroger to the SavingStar network of retailers increases the number of grocery and drug stores offering their customers digital coupons through SavingStar to more than 24,000 stores nationwide.

“In today’s digital world, many shoppers want to save on groceries but don’t have the time or desire to print or clip paper coupons. SavingStar makes it easy and convenient for people to save money on groceries with a service that fits their lifestyle,” said David Rochon, SavingStar CEO. “Kroger shoppers can now get additional savings from SavingStar by selecting e-coupons online or through their smartphones — even while walking the aisles in the store.”

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MidWest introduces Garden Markers

BY Allison Cerra

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — MidWest is expanding its accessories lineup with a new way to keep gardens organized.

New MidWest Garden Markers are 10-in. high steel wire constructions with copper marker identification panels. The markers are available in packaged sets of six markers with a black waterproof marker pencil, letting garden enthusiasts easily identify what is growing in their garden and where.

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Bashas’ looks to expand employee base

BY Alaric DeArment

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Despite its long history of troubles, things appear to be looking up for regional supermarket chain Bashas’.

Bashas’, which operates more than 130 stores in Arizona, California and New Mexico under the Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods banners, announced plans Thursday for job fairs in Arizona — including in Phoenix, West Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson — where it will hire 400 new employees.

Bashas’ spokeswoman Kristy Neid told Drug Store News that sales and customer counts lately had been increasing.

“Since our company was reorganized, our business has turned around,” Neid said. “We’ve streamlined our operations, improved our offerings and have become more price-competitive.”

The company filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in 2009 and was forced to close more than a dozen stores, though it rejected a $290 million buyout offer from Supervalu banner Albertsons in February 2010.

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