REAL ESTATE

Family Dollar opens 8,000th store

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Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar hit a major milestone in its history on Thursday as the company opened its 8,000th store, in Lancaster, S.C.

“I’m thrilled to open our 8,000th store,” said Howard Levine, Family Dollar’s chairman and CEO. “We have over 200 stores in South Carolina, so it certainly is a great fit for us to open this landmark store in the state. We’ve provided our customers with value and convenience over the last fifty-three years in each of our stores across the country, and we look forward to bringing the same service and quality merchandise to this new store in Lancaster.”

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Staples launches new price-match policy

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Framingham, Mass. — Staples announced a new price match policy that the company said ensures customers pay the lowest price – both in stores and online. Staples said it will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

“Staples is committed to offering great products at the best prices," said Alison Corcoran, senior VP of North American stores and online marketing, Staples. "Whether shopping in-store or online, Staples customers will be able to shop confidently, during the holiday season and beyond, knowing that we are providing them with all the right products and must-have gifts at the lowest prices.”

If Staples customers find a lower price on a new, identical item, they can show the Staples customer service desk associate the lower price at the time of purchase in a Staples store and Staples will automatically match the price. For a price match on Staples.com, customers are instructed to phone a certain phone number.

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Rite Aid to pay fine for dumping

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Los Angeles — Rite Aid Corp. has been ordered to pay more than $12 million to settle a civil environmental protection lawsuit filed in California claiming about 600 of its stores illegally dumped pesticides, bleach and other toxics, the Associated Press reported.

The lawsuit was filed last month by the district attorneys of Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Riverside counties, with a total of 52 California district attorneys joining the civil action.

Authorities say inspectors found Rite Aid illegally trucked and dumped pesticides, bleach, paint, solvents and other toxics in landfills.

A permanent injunction prohibits the company from engaging in similar action again. Stores will be required to retain their hazardous waste in segregated, labeled containers.

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