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Stater Bros. VP of real estate has passed away

BY Vivian Gomez

Stater Bros. has announced that VP of real estate Mike Slaton passed away suddenly on Sept. 28. He was 51 years old.

As a tribute to Slaton, the 44,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. supermarket that opened recently in Redlands, Calif., will be dedicated in his honor.

“Mike was a very loyal and committed member of the Stater Bros. Family and started his career with Stater Bros. as a Courtesy Clerk in Redlands, Calif., when he was 16 years old. His contributions to our company were immeasurable and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” stated chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown.

The family has requested donations in Slaton’s honor be made to Stater Bros. Charities and a scholarship fund will be set up in his name at California State University, San Bernardino — his alma mater. The company asks that checks be addressed to Stater Bros. Charities, P.O. Box 150, San Bernardino, California 92402.

Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion. The company currently operates 166 supermarkets.

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Sam’s Club promotes breast cancer awareness

BY Mike Troy

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club maintains its emphasis on health care this month with a health event tied in with breast cancer awareness.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sam’s Club is offering free women’s health screenings to members and non-members on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its 576 clubs that contain a pharmacy.

As part of the day’s preventive health screenings, Sam’s Club will give away more than 25,000 breast self-exam kits and also will conduct preventive thyroid-stimulating hormone testing, which measures thyroid hormone levels in women and identifies overactive and underactive thyroid glands, which can be the root of various health problems. The free health screening event features tests valued up to $200, and also includes such things as a take-home breast self-exam gel packs, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index and vision tests.

"Sam’s Club is proud to have provided more than 700,000 women’s health screenings last year, and is pleased to again offer a free health resource during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to women in communities nationwide," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP of health and wellness.

 

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Shop.org: Holiday online sales to jump up to 15%

BY Dan Berthiaume

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shop.org expects holiday online sales in November and December to grow between 13% and 15% from last holiday season, to as much as $82 billion.

“Online and mobile continue to be a leading area of growth for retailers. In this economy savvy, cost-conscious consumers go to the web to do their research and get the best bang for their buck,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “In addition to researching what their peers are saying online about products and gifts this holiday season, consumers will use the buy online pick-up in store option, retailers’ apps and mobile websites to find something special for their loved ones.”

Shop.org calculates sales based on government data including consumer confidence, consumer credit, disposable personal income and previous monthly retail sales releases. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that final fourth quarter 2012 (October to December) e-commerce sales increased 15.5%.

 

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