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Stop & Shop promotes health and wellness for kids in R.I.

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop recently sponsored a "Healthy Kids Summit" in Pawtucket, R.I., with help from local community health experts, the company said.

The summit drew more than 300 local residents and customers and included the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island director of clinical pediatrics and pediatric education Marjorie Nasin, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Tony Thomas, infielder of the Pawtucket Red Sox, a minor league baseball team. The event included programs about childhood obesity and how kids can stay fit and eat healthy.

"As a grocery chain with close ties to New England, Stop & Shop is committed to fighting childhood obesity by encouraging small, simple changes in fitness and eating habits that make a big impact," Stop & Shop New England Division nutritionist Julie Menounos said. "Today’s Healthy Kids Summit provided relevant information on nutrition, exercise and balanced lifestyles that will help families make better decisions. We’re thankful for our dedicated panelists and partners who help make these fun, inspirational and educational summits a possibility."

 

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Publix announces North Carolina store openings as it scouts for more locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Friday announced it will enter the Winston-Salem market and add a third location in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 

“We continue to deliver on our promise of serving the great state of North Carolina by adding yet another county to our market area,” stated Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “We are more than your community grocer — we are your neighbors, and look forward to sharing the Publix spirit with you.” 

The Winston-Salem store will be a 49,000-square-foot Publix supermarket with covered parking below the store. Opening is scheduled for 2015.  

The Cornelius store, located in Mecklenburg County, will also encompass 49,000-square-feet and will feature a drive-thru pharmacy. Opening is planned for late 2014. 

Publix continues to aggressively look for additional locations throughout the state of North Carolina, the grocer stated.

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Giant-Carlisle to open new Levittown, Pa., retail clinic

BY Alaric DeArment

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Giant Food Stores will stage the grand opening of a new in-store health clinic at one of its stores Tuesday, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

Giant, based in Carlisle, Pa., is partnering with Aria Health FastCare on the clinic, providing the space while Aria provides the staff. The clinic will be the fourth. Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital is also partnering with Giant to operate another clinic.

The clinic will provide treatments for flu, sore throat, allergies, ear infections and sports physicals. A spokesman for the supermarket chain told DSN that Giant was looking into other opportunities and saw the Levittown opening as a "nice kickoff" for what could eventually be a new round of clinics, depending on the success of the ones opened so far.

"We are certainly looking at this as a way to bring convenience to our customers, and we also look at it as a partnership with Aria to basically expand our health and wellness resources to the community," said spokesman Chris Brand.

 

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