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Walmart CEO takes firm stance against ‘religious freedom’ bill in Arkansas

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Arkansas native and Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon has taken a firm stance against a “religious freedom” measure passed by the Arkansas House on Tuesday. The bill (HB1228) is similar to the one that has kicked up a firestorm in Indiana.
 
“Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold. For these reasons, we are asking Governor Hutchinson to veto this legislation,” McMillon wrote in a statement released on the retailer’s Twitter account.”
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked that the bill be recalled, adding that it must be made clear that it's not the intent of the state to discriminate. 
 
McMillon, who hails from Jonesboro, Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas and received a MBA from the University of Tulsa.
 
“Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve," McMillon wrote in the tweet. "It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual.”

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Dollar General helps customers spring into savings

BY Gina Acosta

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is thinking digital this spring with a new way to appeal to coupon-clipping customers.

The retailer is launching a new digital coupon program called Fast Way to Save that offers customers approximately $200 each week in online coupon savings now through April 19.
 
Customers will see additional weekly specials on dozens of discounts on Easter merchandise and a buy-one, get-one free sale on select apparel and accessories, as well as its everyday low prices on thousands of items throughout the store.
 
"It is an especially exciting time at all Dollar General stores and online this week as customers can begin saving even more on the products they consistently know and trust from Dollar General," said Dave D'Arezzo, Dollar General's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. "Particularly noteworthy are the exceptional deals available through our Fast Way to Save digital coupon program where customers can save on products from America's most popular brands and our own 100 percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands."
 
Now through April 19, Dollar General will offer digital coupons through its spring Fast Way to Save program from companies including Dollar General's own 100% satisfaction-guaranteed private brands. All digital coupons may only be redeemed one time through April 19.
 
To enroll or upload these coupons, customers may log in to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General's website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons or through the DG mobile app.
 
Dollar General has more than 11,700 stores in 43 states.

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Albertsons-Safeway names new Intermountain division president

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho — The recently merged Albertsons and Safeway organization has announced that current Jewel-Osco VP of operations, Brad Street, has been named president of the Intermountain division.

Street succeeds Susan Morris, who recently was appointed president of the company’s Denver division. In his new role, Street will have overall responsibility for 85 stores in eight states.

Street began his career with Albertsons in Salt Lake City in 1983. He worked through store positions of increasing responsibility until he was promoted to store director. After that, Street was promoted to district manager and served in that capacity in Albertsons Houston and Northern California divisions. Upon the sale of Albertsons to Supervalu, he served as director of operations in Eugene, Ore., until being promoted to VP of operations for the 188-store Intermountain West Division in Boise, Idaho. Street was serving as the lead district manager for the Intermountain division when he was promoted to VP of operations for the Jewel-Osco division in 2014.

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