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OfficeMax Names COO

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Naperville, Ill., OfficeMax Inc. on Friday named former Wild Oats Markets Inc. executive Sam Martin as its new COO, effective Sept. 17.

Martin previously served as senior VP of operations of Wild Oats Markets Inc., and as senior VP of supply chain for ShopKo Stores Inc. from 2005 to 2006.

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TJX Names Two New Board of Directors

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Framingham, Mass., The TJX Companies elected Jose B. Alvarez and Alan M. Bennett to its board of directors.

Alvarez has been president and CEO of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover since 2006. He joined in 2001 and was most recently executive VP, supply chain and logistics.

Bennett served as senior VP and CFO of healthcare company Aetna, Inc. from 2001 to 2007. He previously held other senior financial-management positions at that company, including controller and director of Internal Audit. He joined Aetna in 1995 as CFO, Aetna Business Resources.

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Safeway Unveils Solar-Powered Grocery Store

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Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway Inc. has unveiled its first-ever solar powered grocery store. Solar panels will provide energy for the 55,000-sq.-ft. store in Dublin, Calif. The store’s gas station is already powered by wind energy.

The company has also invested in other retail-based energy-savings strategies to reduce its carbon power demand, including new energy-efficient refrigeration and lighting.

In other news, Safeway said Wednesday it promoted Michael R. Minasi to president of marketing. He had been senior VP of marketing.

Minasi joined Safeway in 1996 after holding numerous positions at Toys “R” Us Inc.

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