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Buehler joins EPA GreenChill program

BY CSA STAFF

Wooster, Ohio Buehler Food Markets announced Friday it has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership, making the grocer the first Ohio-based supermarket chain to become a member.

“GreenChill is just another part of our sustainability program that includes new technologies to reduce power consumption, water consumption, recycle our food waste into compost we sell in our stores, recycling centers, building green for our new ACE hardware in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and burning our used fryer oil as fuel in our diesel trucks,” Scott Buehler, VP Buehler Food Markets, said. “As technology develops we will continue to improve our sustainability efforts.”

By joining GreenChill, Buehler’s has committed to require all of its new and remodeled stores to use environmentally friendlier refrigerants; lower the amount of refrigerant used and eliminate refrigerant leaks over time; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices.

Buehler’s is a family-owned grocer with 13 stores throughout Ohio.

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Weis Markets increases 2010 budget

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SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets vice chairman Jonathan Weis said his company increased its 2010 capital expenditure budget to $102.8 million, a 27% increase compared with 2009.

Weis said the majority of this budget would be invested in the company’s store base.  The company plans 27 projects in 2010 including two to three new stores, two expansions, 17 major remodels and six remodels.

 

“For our company and our organization, 2009 was a year of growth and considerable progress,” said Weis.  “At a time of deep recession and the highest sustained unemployment rate in our country since the Great Depression, we had a strong year.”

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OfficeMax Q1 sales up slightly

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. OfficeMax reported that total sales for its first quarter ended March 7 were $1.9 billion, an increase of 0.3% from the first quarter of 2009. For the first quarter of 2010, OfficeMax reported net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders of $24.8 million, or 29 cents per diluted share.

OfficeMax retail segment sales decreased 3.% to $954.3 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the first quarter of 2009, reflecting a same-store sales decrease of 2.5% and fewer stores.  Retail same-store sales for the first quarter of 2010 declined primarily due to a continued weak market environment; however, the retail segment same-store sales decrease improved from the 6.7% decrease in the fourth quarter of 2009 reflecting favorable sales trends in the United States and Mexico, according to the company.

OfficeMax contract segment sales increased 3.8% (a decrease of 3.5% in local currency) compared with the prior year period to $963.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, reflecting a U.S. contract operations sales decline of 3.9%, which was more than offset by an international contract operations sales increase of 23.8% in United States dollars (a sales decrease of 2.6% in local currencies).

Sam Duncan, Chairman and CEO of OfficeMax, said, “We are pleased with the start to 2010 and the solid performance our team delivered in the quarter.  We believe our results reflect some of the stabilization we are seeing in economic trends, but primarily are indicative of the traction we are gaining in our growth and profitability initiatives.”

OfficeMax anticipates that for the second quarter, total company sales will be slightly higher than the prior year second quarter primarily due to the favorable impact of foreign currency translation, and adjusted operating income margin will be higher than the prior year second quarter, but less than the first quarter 2010 year-over-year improvement.  For the full year 2010, OfficeMax anticipates that total company sales will be slightly higher than in 2009 primarily due to the favorable impact of foreign currency translation, and adjusted operating income margin will be higher than 2009, but less than the first quarter 2010 year-over-year improvement.

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