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Meijer plans smaller-format Chicagoland store

BY DSN STAFF

CHICAGO A Friday report by Crain’s said that grocery chain Meijer is opening a new store in 2011 in west suburban Melrose Park that will be the retailer’s third smaller, grocery-focused outlet in the Chicago area.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocer has leased a vacant grocery store in the Winston Plaza, according to the report. The space, formerly a Cub Foods, will be expanded for Meijer as part of an $8.5 million renovation planned for the 375,000-sq.-ft. shopping center.

The Meijer store will be 90,000 sq. ft., less than half the size of the retailer’s traditional superstores, and will feature full-service grocery and pharmacy offerings, as well as a pared-back assortment of general merchandise. Meijer said it hopes to open by June 2011, with construction launching this fall.

Real-estate sources said Meijer is looking at several other sites for its smaller stores.

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Jewel-Osco celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’

BY Allison Cerra

ITASCA, Ill. A Midwest food and drug retailer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community.

Jewel-Osco is holding its signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana” (Taste of Hispanic Heritage), on Sept. 22, and is dedicated to recognizing the continuous efforts and outstanding contributions made by leaders from the civic, business and nonprofit sectors of the community. During the VIP reception, Jewel-Osco will honor three social service agencies for their efforts and their commitment to enriching the Hispanic communities they serve. This year, Jewel-Osco will award a total of $15,000 in grants to Association House, Namaste Charter School and The Resurrection Project.  The work of these organizations reflects Jewel-Osco’s pledge to support initiatives that mirror the company’s charitable giving strategy, which focuses on three areas: hunger relief, nutrition education and environmental stewardship, the retailer said.

The event also will highlight the unique flavors and richness of Latin cuisine, by showcasing exclusive dishes developed by culinary students from Chicago’s St. Augustine College.

“We are proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with an event that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Latino community,” said Jewel-Osco president, Keith Nielsen. “‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’ supports the culinary talent of Hispanic youth and recognizes the exceptional contributions of this community.”

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Safeway donates $25K, food and supplies to benefit San Bruno victims

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. Following a devastating gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Safeway announced it will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.

Safeway also said it would provide food, supplies and grocery gift cards to families who were impacted. Roughly 80 Safeway stores in the surrounding counties are collecting donations at checkstands for the American Red Cross’ San Bruno relief effort.

Safeway operates 1,712 stores in the United States.

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