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Ralphs, Food 4 Less kick off fundraising campaign to honor USO

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less have commenced their Honoring Our Heroes fundraising campaign to benefit the United Service Organizations.

The checkstand fundraising, which will run through Aug. 13, is in conjunction with the USO’s 70th anniversary.

All monies collected through the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Honoring Our Heroes fundraising program will be donated directly to the USO to support its programs, entertainment and other services for our service men and women.

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Dollar General making its way to the Golden State

BY Allison Cerra

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General announced its plans to expand its operations to California in 2012.

The California announcement comes on the heels of the company’s planned expansions into three new states in 2011 — Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. California would be Dollar General’s 39th state.

The company said it plans to serve shoppers in rural, suburban and metropolitan markets.

“Our California stores will mark a significant milestone for Dollar General, giving us a coast-to-coast presence for the first time,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. “Our team is excited about carrying our mission westward and delivering value and convenience, our hallmarks for over 70 years, to new customers.”

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Former Walmart executive joins SoloHealth

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Former Walmart executive Charles Leehan has taken on a new role at a self-service kiosks provider.

Leehan will serve as director of national accounts for SoloHealth, reporting to Rick Voight, the company’s VP channel development. In this capacity, he will oversee and manage relationships across national accounts to ensure SoloHealth’s partners receive the best possible service and individualized attention from the SoloHealth team.

Leehan’s career at Walmart spanned more than 18 years, mostly within the retailer’s health-and-wellness division. He was a part of the development and expansion of Walmart Vision Centers, which has grown from 40 to more than 2,500 locations, three regional processing labs and one central distribution center.

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