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Bartell Drugs, World Vision kick off school supplies drive

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE The 7th annual School Tools for Kids in Need program to collect school supplies for students in need at all 58 Bartell Drug locations will run through August 29, courtesy of Bartell Drugs and World Vision.

Federal Way-based World Vision provides Puget Sound area teachers — whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs — to “shop” for school supplies for these children free of charge at World Vision’s teacher resource center. The “Basic Needs” list of supplies includes:

  • Acme rulers
  • Dixon #2 pencils
  • Bic Cristal or round stic ink pens (10-pack, blue or black)
  • Elmer’s Glue glue-all or school glue/4 oz. bottles
  • 3M Scotch scissors for kids
  • Avery Glue Stic/2 pack (acid-free, photo-safe, permanent, washable)
  • Pentel hi-polymer erasers (3-pack)
  • Avery poly binders (1/2-inch or 1-inch sizes)
  • Prang crayons (24-count)
  • Avery hi-liter markers (yellow or pink)
  • C Leonard erasers

In related news, the Seattle Storm will be helping to raise awareness of the program at a “Back-to-School Night” game August 21. Bartell Drugs and World Vision will be on hand collecting school supplies.

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Ideavillage Products to market, distribute Criss Angel magic kit

BY Allison Cerra

WAYNE, N.J. Famed illusionist and star of A&E’s “MindFreak” Criss Angel has partnered with Ideavillage Products to market and distribute his Platinum MindFreak magic kit.

The new magic line is geared toward people of all ages. The kit consists of more than 250 MindFreak tricks, including an instruction manual and DVD, as well as 6 individual MindFreak tricks with instructions. The kit is slated hit retail shelves next month.

“Criss Angel is a world class performing artist. It’s what he does best. TV is all about magic demonstrations which make it the perfect venue for introducing Criss’ new kit,” said Anand Khubani, Ideavillage Products CEO and founder. “Ideavillage is a leading marketer, product manufacturer, and distributor. The partnership just made sense because it allows both our organizations to use our talent and channel our energies in the right direction.”

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Report: Bi-Lo goes up for sale

BY Allison Cerra

MAULDIN, S.C. Just a few months after completing its financial restructuring, Bi-Lo reportedly is for sale, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that the chain, which operates 207 stores across four states and is owned by Lone Star Funds, is being pursued by Kroger and Publix. Recently, Bi-Lo launched a health-and-wellness initiative called Thrive, which is designed to educate shoppers on healthy living alternatives. Bi-Lo also revealed itself as a “stronger, better” supermarket chain late last month at the grand reopening of its Greer, S.C., location.

“This redesigned store represents all the great things Bi-Lo is doing to provide customers tremendous savings without having to sacrifice the quality and service they desire,” Michael Byars, president and CEO of Bi-Lo, recently said. “We are proud of our teammates’ hard work on this collective effort and we look forward to exceeding the expectations of our customers.”

Lone Star declined to comment to the press regarding this matter.

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