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OfficeMax starts Black Friday on Thanksgiving

BY Dan Berthiaume

Naperville, Ill. – OfficeMax is opening most stores at 8 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving night. OfficeMax.com will start offering online Black Friday deals at 12:01 a.m. EST Thanksgiving morning.

The OfficeMax Black Friday shopping event will take place for three days from Thursday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Nov. 30 in stores and at OfficeMax.com. OfficeMax.com will also host a special online-only, pre-Black Friday sales event at 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 27.

“We’re providing earlier hours, more ways to save and a flexible, convenient shopping experience for our Black Friday customers to help kick off the holiday season,” said Kim Feil, OfficeMax executive VP and chief marketing and strategy officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Whether they prefer to stay up late or shop early, shoppers will find big savings on a wide variety of technology products and accessories, and also great gifts and supplies for every home and business office on their list.”

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OPERATIONS

Wegmans automates food safety

BY Dan Berthiaume

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Rochester, N.Y. – Wegmans is deploying the Par EverServ SureCheck solution for food safety measurement and intelligent checklist management. The cloud-based SureCheck system will automate the recording of millions of temperature checks, improve accuracy and increase operational efficiency at Wegmans.

Par EverServ SureCheck is a mobile client-based, automated solution for managing both routine and complex checklists including Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) and inspection programs for retail and food service organizations. The SureCheck solution combines a mobile application, a multi-mode wireless temperature measuring device, and a cloud-based enterprise configuration and reporting server application to automate the monitoring of quality risk factors.

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Susser acquires Sac-N-Pac

BY Dan Berthiaume

Houston – Susser has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores, Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels, Ltd.

Sac-N-Pac owns and operates 47 convenience stores in the South Central Texas corridor between San Antonio and Austin. 3W Warren Fuels supplies approximately 65 million gallons of motor fuel annually to the 47 Sac-N-Pac locations and to approximately 20 independent dealer locations. Sac-N-Pac operates branded food service concepts in six stores and operates its proprietary food service concept in nine stores.

Stripes LLC, the convenience store subsidiary of Susser Holdings, plans to acquire and initially operate the convenience store properties under the Sac-N-Pac brand until it is determined which stores will be branded Stripes and which stores may be converted to the wholesale platform.

Initially, 10-15 stores have been identified as stores that could accommodate Laredo Taco Company restaurants without substantial alterations to the existing buildings. Susser Petroleum Partners will acquire the third-party fuel supply contracts and will supply motor fuel to the convenience stores. Additionally, Stripes LLC is acquiring seven parcels of land for future development of Stripes/Laredo Taco Company units.

The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing, including satisfactory completion of due diligence, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"This is another instance where the combination of our wholesale and retail platforms work together to create great value in making a strategic acquisition like Sac-N-Pac and Warren Fuels,” said Sam L. Susser, chairman and CEO of Susser Holdings. “We are pleased to expand our retail and wholesale operations in this rapidly growing area of Texas. We have tremendous respect for the fine retail and fuel distribution businesses that the Warren family has built, and we welcome the many dedicated employees at Sac-N-Pac to the Susser organization."

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