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Save-A-Lot opens distribution center

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS Supervalu subsidiary and hard-discount grocery retailer Save-A-Lot will open a new distribution center in North Carolina.

The retailer said its 325,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Lexington, N.C., is scheduled to open in December 2011. The new building will be a state-of-the-art food distribution center utilizing the latest in green technologies, including lights that only operate when a person is present and an HVAC system that uses smart thermostats, Save-A-Lot said.

“The Lexington distribution center will enable us to serve our current stores more efficiently and at the same time, grow our business in the region,” said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO.

Save-A-Lot operates approximately 1,200 stores in 39 states, and said it plans to double the number of stores it operates nationally over the next five years.

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FDA approves Vivitrol

BY Allison Cerra

SILVER SPRING, Md. The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to treat and prevent relapse after patients with opioid dependence have undergone detoxification treatment.

Vivitrol is an extended-release formulation of naltrexone — which works to block opioid receptors in the brain — administered by intramuscular injection once a month. It only is administered by a physician.

 

"Addiction is a serious problem in this country, and can have devastating effects on individuals who are drug-dependent, and on their family members and society," said Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "This drug approval represents a significant advancement in addiction treatment."

 

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‘Avatar’ phone covers make their debut

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO A creator of customized mobile phone covers and electronic devices has developed designs that feature images from the Academy Award-winning film “Avatar.”

“‘Avatar’ featured iconic imagery and memorable characters that captivated movie-goers around the world,” said Coveroo’s CEO and co-founder Karl Jacob. “Coveroo brings these characters and images to consumer’s phones and other personal electronics using our unique HighColor and Laser Engraving process.”

 

Coveroo will initially offer 20 designs from the film for purchase at Coveroo.com. Fans can pick from a selection of engraved and vibrant HighColor “Avatar” characters and scenes, with prices starting at $19.95.

 

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