ShopRite to celebrate latest ‘re-grand opening’
LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – ShopRite announced Wednesday that it will celebrate the re-grand opening of its completely remodeled store in Stirling, N.J. with a ribbon cutting celebration on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.
“We are very excited to mark the official opening of our bigger, better and fresher ShopRite of Stirling location and look forward to continuing our long standing relationship with our valued guests,” stated William Sumas, vice chairman of Village Super Market. “The all new ShopRite of Stirling combines the traditional low prices and value that we’ve always been known for with unique product and service offerings to create the ultimate shopping experience for our loyal customers.”
Scheduled to attend the Dec. 10 ribbon cutting ceremony are New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Long Hill Township Mayor Brendan Rae, Deputy Mayor Bruce Meringolo, Committeeman Guy Piserchia, Administrator Neil Henry and Stirling Fire Chief Emeritus Lou Aroneo.
The store is owned and operated by Village Super Market, which also owns and operates 28 ShopRite stores in New Jersey, Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania.
Instantly identifies what consumers intend to buy to take the edge off of the holidays
BY DSN STAFF
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumers are embracing the indulgent nature of the holidays with the latest new products on the November edition of Instantly Shelf Score.
Sweet treats from chocolate brands Dove and Hershey’s earned the top two spots, while a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and two different brands’ take on a holiday-themed, sweet kettle corn also placing on the list.
Instantly Shelf Score is a monthly ranking of the newest CPG products by consumer purchase intent. Each product is evaluated using Instantly Concept Test, a rapid product concept testing tool that collects consumer feedback on key success indicators such as purchase intent, differentiation, need and value.
Survey highlights prevalence of seasonal mental health issues
PHOENIX — For about 45% American adults, the holiday season isn’t quite as filled with joy as one might expect, according to a new survey from the University of Phoenix’s College of Social Science. The survey found that nearly half of those surveyed have experienced sadness or depression in the fall or winter holiday season.
Among those who said they’d been affected, about 44% said it was due to personal grief, 43% cited loneliness and 38% pointed to financial strain, with 41% of the total group saying they’ve witnessed family and friends dealing with seasonal sadness and depression. And 66% of those surveyed noted that mental health is a very or extremely serious issue, with 67% saying they’ve had personal experience with it.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans recognize that mental health is a serious issue and many have personal experiences with mental health issues, and those feelings often intensify during the festive time of year,” the school’s dean of faculty, Tammy Woody, said. “Those prone to mental health issues such as depression or anxiety can be more vulnerable to seasonal triggers such as the financial and emotional stress that can accompany the festive time of year, which makes awareness and access to treatment critically important from November through January.”
Woody noted that though seeing family and friends can be beneficial for some, that is not the case for everyone, with 22% of those surveyed saying they seek counseling for family issues, and 24% seeking professional help for relationships. She said that it’s important for those suffering to acknowledge that it’s OK to express their feelings, stay active both mentally and physically, try new things, and reach out if they feel they need to. However, the survey found several barriers that people encounter when considering reaching out.
For 68% of those surveyed, financial limitations are the main barrier to getting counseling, with 32% being concerned about its effectiveness and the same amount concerned about access to health insurance coverage for counseling. Thirty-one percent are concerned about social stigma and 29% are reluctant to face their problems.
The survey was conducted by Harris Poll among 1,014 adults between Sept. 28 and Oct. 8.
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