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Shopping guide to made-in-USA products released

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES — With the holiday shopping season approaching, one group has released a guide to goods produced domestically.

The Made in USA Foundation announced the latest edition of the "All-American Holiday Gift Guide," which shows readers how to buy American-made Christmas and Hannukah gifts, ornaments and cards, with sections on toys, jewelry, games and other items for men, women and children. Co-published with Made in USA Certified, the 115-page guide also includes food-related items, such as chocolates, blenders and stoves.

"Companies are coming back to the United States," Made in USA Foundation chairman Joel Joseph said. "Consumers are demanding American-made products, and U.S. companies are more competitive than ever in making high-quality consumer goods."

The guide is available on the foundation’s website and Amazon.com for $9.95 as a paperback or $2.99 as an electronic book.

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Stop & Shop store to feature new technologies

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop is opening a new store that will include new features that emphasize customer experience, the company said.

Stop & Shop, a division of the U.S. subsidiary of Dutch supermarket operator Ahold, said the Wayland, Mass., store would include nine complementary electric car charging stations, as well as numerous energy-efficient features. The store’s grand opening is scheduled for Nov. 16.

The store will also include natural and organic foods, the chain’s Healthy Ideas shelf tags and special tags for gluten-free foods. Features designed for customer convenience will include "Scan It!" mobile shopping to allow customers to scan, tally and receive personal savings while they shop using smartphones; an "Order It!" kiosk at the deli that allows customers to order items and then pick them up at their convenience; "Weigh It!" scales that interface with Scan It!; "Check It!" self-scan registers; and alerts that customers can receive on their phones.

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Harris Teeter unveils new specialty grocer concept

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Harris Teeter on Wednesday celebrated the official grand openings of its 201central stores during ribbon-cutting ceremonies at both locations — Wesley Chapel and Huntersville, N.C.

The new concept stores feature an extensive variety of wine, beer, specialty foods and other general merchandise items. Services unique to the locations include event coordination and party rentals, as well as educational classes focused on wine, beer and food pairings. Accordingly, the store will carry more than 3,100 varieties of wine and more than 680 varieties of beer from around the world, including approximately 35 brands of keg beer and local beers such as Red Oak, Olde Mecklenburg and Carolina Brewing. In addition, these stores will carry home brewing and wine-making systems and products.

201central also features a wide range of cigars; specialty cheese and olives; artisan breads; bulk foods, including coffee, tea, nuts, grains and rice; and other specialty and common favorites of beverages and snack items, including Gluten Free items. Harris Teeter is also planning for expanded international foods including Asian, Middle Eastern, English, Indian, Italian, Kosher, Mexican and South American products alongside such local and regional products as barbecue sauce, dips and salad dressings from North Carolina and bordering state producers.

Meeting the demanding needs for convenience, 201central will also provide customers with the ability to explore a wide variety of wines utilizing the WineStation. This try-before-you buy, temperature-controlled technology will enable guests to enjoy featured wines by the taste, half- and full glass.  

Harris Teeter’s loyalty program, the Very Important Customer card, will be valid at 201central, and these new stores will also honor the advertised items or promotions that are active within the Harris Teeter chain.  

 

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