Meijer Signs MasterCard Deal
Grand Rapids, Mich., Meijer Stores will accept MasterCard PayPass as a contactless-payment option at all of its 171 locations. By early fall, all Meijer gas pumps will be equipped to accept MasterCard PayPass, as well. The company described itself as the first supercenter to introduce the contactless-payment option. “As an early adopter of this new payment option, we recognize the importance to our customers of saving time at checkout,” said Michael Ross, director of marketing strategy and customer relationship management for Meijer. “MasterCard PayPass is part of Meijer’s continuing efforts to invest in solutions for serving customers quickly and efficiently.”
Meijer also announced today the upcoming availability of the PayPass-enabled Meijer Platinum MasterCard card, issued by GE Consumer Finance.
Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Finalizes Sale of A&P Canada
Montvale, N.J., The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company has announced that it has completed the sale of A&P Canada to Metro Inc., a supermarket and pharmaceutical operator in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, for approximately $1.55 billion.
OfficeMax Consolidates Corporate Headquarters
Itasca, Ill., OfficeMax Inc. will consolidate its headquarters in Illinois. It expects to choose a Chicago-area location for the headquarters by the end of September 2005. Currently, OfficeMax’s corporate headquarters is located in Itasca, Ill., and its retail headquarters is in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Sam Duncan, president and CEO of OfficeMax, said, “Bringing our headquarters’ associates together is a normal progression of the company’s integration efforts and we believe it will facilitate customer service as well as provide better support for our retail and contract businesses. We will emphasize a smooth transition as we consolidate our headquarters, keeping the need of our customers and our associates a priority.”