Shaw’s, New England Patriots Foundation continue to tackle hunger relief
FOXBOROUGH and WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — A supermarket chain, part of the Supervalu family of grocery stores, teamed up with the charitable arm of a professional football team to donate funds to end hunger in the area.
Shaw’s and the New England Patriots Foundation donated $234,502.33 to area food banks to support children’s feeding programs, including Patriots Kids Cafes, which provide children with 6,750 meals per week at seven different locations in the Boston area. The donation was part of the Scan campaign, a joint fundraising effort established in 2007 to fight hunger.
“The current number of people in need of food relief is tremendous, and that need takes an extra level of urgency when you realize the number of children who are going hungry,” said Larry Wahlstrom, Shaw’s president. “The initiative to help fight hunger is a very important one to both Shaw’s and our customers, and we would like to thank all of those who made this donation to the food banks possible. The generosity of our customers will help ensure kids are getting the nutrition they need.”
Economy hits Stater Bros.’ fiscal-year results
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. on Wednesday disclosed a more than 4% decrease in sales for fiscal year 2010.
The California supermarket chain said sales for the fiscal year ended Sept. 26 were $3.61 billion, down from $3.77 billion in fiscal year 2009. Sales for the fourth quarter also experienced a decline, dropping to $897.4 million, down 3.15% over the year-ago period.
Net income for Stater Bros. totaled $24.6 million for the 2010 fiscal year, compared with $34.8 million in the 2009 fiscal year. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was $5.9 million, versus $5 million in fiscal 2009.
Stater Bros. leader Jack Brown said that while the chain is facing tough economic and competitive pressures, the retailer is "committed to controlling costs as [we] weather the effect of these economic times."
Kroger names new president for Cincinnati/Dayton division
CINCINNATI — Retail giant Kroger has named a new divisional president, replacing an executive who recently was promoted to SVP retail operations.
Sukanya Madlinger, who worked for Kroger for nearly 25 years, now will be president of the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division — which operates 110 stores in Cincinnati, Dayton, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana — replacing Geoffrey Covert. Covert was named SVP retail operations for Kroger after the retirement of Paul Scutt.
Prior to her new position, Madlinger served as the retailer’s VP drug, general merchandise and pharmacy merchandising.