Sam’s Club set to open new Baton Rouge store
BATON ROUGE, La. — Sam’s Club is set to open its newly relocated store in Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 26.
The 134,000-sq.-ft. club, located at 9598 Cortana Place near the junction with Airline Highway, now will be part of the Cortana Mall shopping area, approximately one mile south of its former location. The club also features environmentally friendly materials and LED energy-efficient fixtures.
To celebrate the grand opening, the store will host a Louisiana-pride themed ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Jan. 26.
"Our associates have provided excellent service to our members for more than 20 years in the former location, and I’m proud of the work they’ve accomplished in getting this new club ready for its grand opening," said club manager Kenneth Heckard. "We can’t wait to show our neighbors in the Baton Rouge area the expanded selection, with savings on everything from prescriptions to fresh foods, office supplies and high-quality jewelry. In this economy, everyone’s trying to save money and find the best values. Our members know that Sam’s Club makes saving simple because we offer exceptional value over traditional retailers."
Ahold reports positive Q4, full-year results
AMSTERDAM — Ahold experienced several bright spots during its fourth quarter and full year, the Dutch supermarket company said.
Fourth-quarter net sales totaled $9.4 billion, a 4.5% increase above the year-ago period, while net sales for the year increased by 2.5% to $39.1 billion.
For its U.S. subsidiary, which includes such banners as Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover, Ahold said Ahold USA garnered $5.9 billion in fourth-quarter net sales, which were 5% above the year-ago period. Similarly, identical-store sales and comparable-store sales increased 3.9% and 4.2%, respectively. For the full year, net sales totaled $25.1 billion, marking a 6.6% boost over 2010, while identical-store sales and comparable-store sales most experienced positive gains of 4.9% and 5.1%, respectively.
"We are pleased to have delivered another solid performance over the quarter, growing sales and market share in the United States and the Netherlands," the company said. "We continue to be well positioned in challenging market conditions with customers remaining cautious in their spending."
H-E-B looks to keep customers healthy through new initiative
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — H-E-B is committed to improve the health of its customers by providing them with fresh, healthy and affordable food, and by supporting their healthy eating and weight-loss goals.
The retailer said its "Healthy at H-E-B" program will encompass several prongs, including an investment of about $20 million in lower prices on fresh produce, as well as a series of events that will encourage healthy eating and weight loss. For example, "Healthy at H-E-B" will include Healthy Savings Meal solutions, which are modeled after USDA My Plate guidelines and feature a bundle of at least four healthy ingredients that can be used to prepare a meal for a family of four for under $10 with a $4 dollar coupon. What’s more, H-E-B also will host free screenings on the second Saturday of each month at all stores with a pharmacy for customers to learn their "numbers," including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and waist circumference.
“We are facing a health crisis in Texas,” H-E-B president and COO Craig Boyan said. “Last June, Texas was listed as the 13th most obese state in the nation. An estimated 64% of the total population and one in five Texas kids are now considered overweight or obese. Given our position as the leading food retailer in the state, we have a unique opportunity to help those who want to make a change for themselves and their families.”