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New Albertson’s appoints president of Jewel-Osco

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New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago.

Sampson fills the role that had been held by interim division president Jim Rice since January 2014.

Sampson’s first project highlights the company’s commitment to investing in Chicago: Remodeling and reopening five additional former Dominick’s locations.

The company indicated that it is investing approximately $100 million in new projects and remodels for Jewel-Osco this year in the neighborhoods where it does business.

A fourth-generation grocer, Sampson started working at Albertsons as a courtesy clerk and held positions of increasing responsibility at the store, district and division levels. He also served as division president in the Intermountain and Florida divisions of Albertson’s. Prior to joining NAI in March 2013, he was SVP operations at Giant Food.

“Shane is an exceptional leader and his work at Shaw’s over the last year proves that he is the right executive to be at the helm of our largest division,” stated NAI COO Justin Dye. “Over the last year, we’ve focused on restoring Jewel-Osco’s tradition of excellence and commitment to Chicago and the surrounding area. Our customers deserve nothing less than the best, and we are striving for excellence. We are aspiring to be the best food and drug retailer in the neighborhoods that we are privileged to serve. Our team members have set our sights on having the best customer service around and truly the best in fresh foods, and not just with higher quality produce and our fresh juice bars in our remodeled stores, but also with expanded organics, fresh cuts of meat and amazing fresh meal selections. Our goal is to have all of our stores truly showcasing our passion for food and exceptional service. Likewise, Shane’s passion for the grocery business makes him a perfect fit for Jewel-Osco."

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Air Wick launches new line that smells familiar

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Air Wick has launched a Familiar Favorites collection, which is inspired by the scents of brands like Snuggle, Cinnabon and Baby Magic.

"Scent has the power to evoke a unique sense of comfort when you surround yourself with fragrances you know and love," said Domenick Tiziano, senior brand manager, Reckitt Benckiser. "We’re thrilled to be partnering with three of America’s most recognizable and beloved brands for this new collection, so consumers can enjoy the comforting scents they love at home anytime."

The fragrances in the collection include:

  • Snuggle Fresh Linen, a unique blend of clean laundry and white flowers, which evokes the fresh linen scent from Snuggle
  • Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll, which features the aroma of Cinnabon’s freshly baked, cinnamon confections
  • Baby Magic Clean Baby, a clean scent featuring touches of baby powder and spring blossoms

The Familiar Favorites Collection, available now, retails for $3.75 to $5.99 and includes Air Wick Scented Oils and Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic Spray refills.

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Severe weather affects Gap’s February sales

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Severe weather that persisted during the year’s shortest month affected Gap’s February sales results.

The company reported net sales for the four-week period ended March 1 of $929 million, compared with net sales of $966 million for the four-week period ended March 2, 2013. Comparable-store sales for the month declained 7%, versus last year’s 3% increase.

“While February was clearly a difficult month, we remain focused on executing our global priorities,” said chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy.

Comparable sales by global brand for the month were as follows:

  • Gap: down 10% versus last year’s 2% increase
  • Banana Republic: down 7% versus last year’s 5% decrease
  • Old Navy: down 6% versus last year’s 6% increase

The company said that more than 450 stores had to close during February due to weather.

In line with its strategic priorities, the company is preparing to open its first Gap store in Taiwan. The brand expects to end fiscal year 2014 with more than 100 Gap stores across the Greater China region.

Gap will report March sales April 10.

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