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Fresh & Easy to open nine California stores

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Fresh & Easy is slated to open nine new locations in September.

The stores, all of which will be based in California, will be opened Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.

“We are excited to continue opening stores and hiring in new neighborhoods throughout California,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason.  “Customers don’t want to compromise on quality or taste to save money for their families.  That’s why we continue to focus on providing access to fresh, wholesome food options at prices our customers can afford, right where they live.”

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Weis Markets reports rise in Q2 net income

BY Drug Store News Team

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets reported Monday that its second-quarter net income rose to $20.5 million in the quarter ended June 26, compared with net income of $15.2 million a year earlier.

The company credits improvements in efficiencies and sales for the rise in profit.

Revenue increased 6.2% to $653.7 million. Same-store sales remained unchanged compared to the same period a year ago.

“It is clear the economy continues to be a major concern for our customers, who continue to be extremely cautious in their spending,” said David J. Hepfinger, Weis Markets’ president and CEO.

Weis Markets operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.

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Nice-Pak develops ‘zero landfill’ facility

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Nice-Pak Products is focusing on sustainability and waste reduction by turning its Green Bay, Wis., manufacturing plant into a “zero landfill” facility.

“We are putting our sustainable and non-recyclable waste to good use by converting it into fuel pellets that will be consumed in industrial boilers to produce cleaner energy in the form of electricity,” said Brad Zenko, senior director of operations. “Converting our waste into fuel pellets eliminates approximately 50,000 cubic feet of landfill per year and replaces approximately one million pounds of coal per year.”

Nice-Pak, is one of the largest global producer of premoistened wipes, including brands such as the original Wet-Nap moist towelettes, Sani-Hands instant hand sanitizing wipes, and Sani-Cloth germicidal disposable wipes.

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