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Dollar General considering new DC in Alabama

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New York -Dollar General is considering a plan to build a $60 million distribution center in Bessemer that could create up to 650 jobs, the Birmingham Business Journal reported.

The new facility would be the 10th distribution center for Dollar General (NYSE: DG), according to Tawn Earnest, senior director of corporate communications for the company. The company is seeking incentives from local governments for the project.

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Home Depot tests downsized kitchen showrooms

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ATLANTA – Home Depot is tinkering with the idea of cutting back the space dedicated to kitchen showrooms. "We’re piloting the removal of up to 40% of the space dedicated to kitchen showrooms," said Craig Menear, Home Depot’s EVP merchandising, during the company’s recent investor and analyst conference.

The reason, according to Menear: the kitchen industry is down about 50% from three years ago. A typical Home Depot store has about 500 square feet devoted to showrooms and kitchens, he said. The plan would be to use the space more efficiently, including introducing more space for assembled cabinets, and increased emphasis on refacing programs, he said.

"Reducing our kitchen space and showrooms allows us to make better utilization and productivity of that space," Menear added.

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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust awards $3.3 million in grants

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced on Tuesday that $3.3 million in grants has been awarded to 72 nonprofit organizations across the country.

About half of these grants align with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program focused on making life easier for children with disabilities and their families. The other half of the grants will provide support for medical services for the under and uninsured.

While the grants fund a wide range of programs, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust found that approximately 65% of the 2010 grant recipients will use the support to address four key areas, including autism and early intervention services; informational and technology tools; life and workforce skills; and access to healthcare and medical services.

"The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is pleased to recognize organizations that are truly making an impact in their communities by offering support for children with disabilities and providing access to health care for the uninsured. This year we are seeing a high demand for support in specific areas including, assistive technology and life skills training programs," stated Eileen Howard Dunn, VP, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "In today’s challenging economic climate, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is proud to support these organizations in addressing key initiatives that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve."

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