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New EPA Program

BY CSA STAFF

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some of the supermarket industry’s leading stakeholders have teamed up to put the chill on greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances caused by refrigeration. The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership aims to promote technologies, strategies and practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases and increase refrigeration-system energy efficiency. Some of the new technologies would also require less maintenance, provide improved operations and extend the shelf life of foods.

Members of the voluntary program pledge to exceed regulatory requirements by keeping track of emissions from refrigeration and setting reduction goals. They also will participate in research to test the effectiveness of new technologies.

The founding retail partners of the new alliance are Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Hannaford Bros., Harris Teeter, Publix Super Markets and Whole Foods Market. Supplier founding partners include DuPont, Hill PHOENIX, Honeywell International and Kysor/Warren.

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Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire

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HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.

Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs

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ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.

The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.

Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.

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