FINANCE

Arby’s chain to be sold

BY CSA STAFF

Dublin, Ohio — Wendy’s/Arby’s Group said Thursday it plans to sell off its struggling Arby’s quick-serve chain to focus on the Wendy’s hamburger business.

The two fast-food chains were combined when Triarc Cos., Arby’s parent, bought Wendy’s for $2.2 billion in 2008 to create the third-largest publicly held fast-food chain.

Arby’s generated about 30% of the company’s sales in its third quarter.

At least one analyst feels the sale could bring in $400 million to $600 million.

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STORE SPACES

Study: Majority of Americans negatively impacted by dirty stores

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Cincinnati — An overwhelming 99% of U.S. adults say poor cleanliness negatively impacts their perception of a retail store, according to a survey released Thursday. More specifically, dirty restrooms and unpleasant odor ranked as top annoyances over poor customer service, in the survey which was conducted by Harris Interactive for Cintas Corp.

When asked what experiences with poor cleanliness would negatively impact their perception of a retail store, 95% of respondents said unclean restrooms; followed by unpleasant odor (92%); poor customer service (90%); dirty floors (86%); dirty shopping carts (84%);, poor staff appearance (83%); spills or stains (81%); wet floors with no signage (76%); dusty surfaces (74%); and dirty glass and windows (68%).

“The retail industry is exceptionally competitive, so retailers must provide a pleasant shopping experience to attract and maintain loyal shoppers,” said Mike Thompson, senior VP Cintas Facility Services, Cincinnati. “This research affirms that maintaining a clean retail environment can significantly impact the success of a retail operation.”

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Save-A-Lot breaks ground on new DC

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Lexington, N.C. — Grocery retailer Save-A-Lot announced Thursday it will break ground on a new 325,000-sq.-ft. food distribution center in Lexington, N.C.

The center is expected to open by December 2011. It is the result of collaboration with the state of North Carolina and its One North Carolina Fund, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Davidson County and the City of Lexington.

“With this project, Save-A-Lot plans on investing more than $24 million in Lexington over the next three years,” said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO.

Save-A-Lot, a division of SuperValu, operates more than 1,200 stores in 39 states, and has identified plans to double the number of stores it operates nationally over the next five years. Currently, there are 24 Save-A-Lot stores in North Carolina, including one in Lexington, with plans to open an additional three stores by March, as well as two additional stores in South Carolina. The new distribution center will help support the company’s growth plans in North Carolina and the surrounding area, which the company has identified as a key region for growth.

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