Supervalu’s Sunflower Markets to close after two years
MINNEAPOLIS The Sunflower Markets chain run by Supervalu is shutting down after two years in business. The chain announced that it’s now closing all five stores in three states.
“Ultimately, the format did not meet our goals,” said Supervalu spokeswoman Haley Meyer.
The smaller format stores emphasized organic foods and all-natural products and were seen as an alternative to other grocers like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Three of the stores are located in Columbus, Ohio, and the other two are in Chicago and Indianapolis. The first store opened in early 2006 and Supervalu planned to open up to 50 stores if the format proved successful.
Shoppers Drug Mart announces semi-finalists in inter-store competition
TORONTO What better way to improve chain-wide compliance than to tap into the competitive fire already burning in retail managers?
At least that’s what Shoppers Drug Mart appears to be doing, having recently named six of its stores as “semi-finalists” to be named the company’s “Model Store,” as reported Wednesday in the The Brockville Recorder and Times, an Ontario daily.
According to the report, six regional vice-presidents will soon judge the store on a number of criteria, including maintenance of store standards and procedures, overall merchandising and the store’s success in attracting customer visits.
CVS Caremark teams up with VSA arts for “All Kids Can… Create”
WASHINGTON CVS’ charitable foundation Caremark All Kids Can has teamed up with international nonprofit organization VSA arts to launch a national call for visual art as part of a year-long campaign to encourage learning and community engagement through creating art.
“All Kids Can… Create” invites children nationwide aged 5 to 15 to create a piece of visual art. VSA arts’ affiliates will conduct local arts-based initiatives, which will culminate in a national exhibition in Washington DC in June. It will be part of VSA arts’ annual Start with the Arts Family Festival. VSA arts was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy art.
Through the campaign, children will create original artwork, artist-in-residence programs in schools will expand access and document learning through the arts for students with disabilities, and CVS Caremark employees will lead volunteer activities that engage their communities and/or schools in building inclusive environments.
There are no limits to what a participant can create and children are invited to use both traditional and non-traditional art-making materials. There is no fee and entries must be received via digital photograph by March 14. For more information visit www.vsarts.org/allkidscan.