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Marsh, O’Malia’s, American Heart Association ask customers to donate $1

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS All Marsh and O’Malia’s store locations will partner with the American Heart Association to GO RED during the month of May, the grocer announced Friday.

At the checkout lane, customers will be given the opportunity to receive a postcard for a $1.00 donation to the American Heart Association. The postcard can then be mailed to encourage everyone to join the fight against heart disease and stroke.

“Marsh Supermarkets is pleased to participate in this effort to raise awareness of heart disease and at the same time raise funds to benefit heart disease research,” stated Connie Gardner, Marsh senior director of community relations. “We encourage everyone to remember a woman they love by sending her this beautiful postcard that reminds her to take care of herself.”

The fund raising effort will continue through May 31.

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AAFES introduces reusable shopping bags to benefit environment

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS As part of a continuing effort to be a good steward of the environment, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is introducing reusable bags to military shoppers, AAFES announced recently.

Made of non-woven polypropylene mesh, the bags are now arriving in stores in the United States, with worldwide distribution expected by June.

“Military shoppers continue to express a strong desire for environmentally friendly products,” stated AAFES’ senior vice president of sales Maggie Burgess. “In fact, AAFES has seen Compact Fluorescent Lighting light bulb sales increase by 160 percent in 2008 compared to the same time period last year. With that said, we anticipate exchange customers will enthusiastically embrace AAFES’ new, environmentally friendly shopping bag options.”

The AAFES recycled-reusable bag line, capable of carrying up to 35 pounds, will consist of a small shopping bag and wine bag for $0.99 each, a large shopping bag for $1.49 and a thermal bag is available for $1.99.

In addition to the bags, AAFES is implementing “green initiatives” at exchange facilities across the globe to include ENERGY STAR vending machines, inventive “pollution solutions” in fast food restaurants, CFL options within the stores as well as real estate efforts that focus on energy and water reduction and the incorporation of earth friendly materials into building design.

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Wegmans considers expansion into Massachusetts

BY Michael Johnsen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. According to a weekend report in The Post-Standard, a Syracuse daily, Wegmans is considering the expansion of its grocery business into Westwood, Mass., a Boston suburb.

“We have not yet committed to the project … but it is under consideration,” Jo Natale, director of media relations for Wegmans, told the paper. “At the moment, there are no other sites in Massachusetts under consideration, but if we go forward with this one, we will likely look for others.”

According to the report, the project hinges on whether the grocer can obtain a liquor license.

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