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Men’s Wearhouse treats its 14,000-plus employees to pizza

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Houston — The Men’s Wearhouse surprised more than 14,000 employees with pizza delivery to every store across North America. To thank employees for their hard work and dedication, more than 42,400 slices of pizza were delivered to more than 1,200 Men’s Wearhouse, MW Cleaners, and K&G Fashion Superstore locations in the United States and Moores Clothing for Men stores in Canada.

"The belief that our company should be a fun and rewarding place to work is central to our corporate culture," said Julie Panaccione, VP of events, Men’s Warehouse, who coordinated the surprise delivery. "Pizza was just one way to express our gratitude for each and every one of our associates’ efforts."

The pizza initiative follows a long history of employee appreciation, which includes throwing annual black-tie parties, maintaining an on-site child-care center, and offering fully paid sabbaticals.

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Report: Target’s Valley Stream, N.Y., store to vote on union

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New York City — Target Corp. and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 have settled a dispute regarding which workers may cast ballots in a union election at the retailer’s Valley Stream, N.Y., store, paving the way for the National Labor Relations Board to schedule the vote, Crain’s New York reported.

The election next month will apparently be the first at a Target store since 1990, when a union drive failed at a Detroit store.

The election is part of a larger campaign by the 23,000-member Local 1500 to organize workers at 27 New York-area Target stores, including all 10 in the city, the report said.

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Big-box retail veteran Leo Kahn dies at 94

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New York City — Veteran retailer Leo Kahn, who developed his family-owned wholesale business into the Purity Supreme chain, co-founded Staples, and pioneered selling natural foods in supermarket-sized venues, died on Wednesday in Boston. He was 94.

Kahn was 69 when the first Staples store opened. He was in his 70s when he founded the Fresh Fields and Nature’s Heartland natural foods chains, both of which were eventually acquired by Whole Foods Market. (Purity Supreme became part of the Stop & Shop chain.) He also launched the Heartland grocery store chain, which in the 1970s was an early experiment in warehouse-style shopping.

“Leo was an incredibly savvy guy,’’ said Thomas Stemberg, who cofounded Staples with Mr. Kahn in 1986 and now is managing partner of the Highland Consumer Fund at Highland Capital Partners, the Boston Globe reported. “He had a huge brain, but he had an even bigger heart. Leo is one of the kindest individuals one could ever imagine.’’

“Leo Kahn was a brilliant food retailer who had vision, leadership, and strong competitive abilities,’’ John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, said in a statement. “I admired him greatly and was glad that I was able to meet him and learn from him over the years.

Kahn was well-known for his philanthropy, which included endowing two professorships at Harvard and encouraging education about the Holocaust.

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