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Report: Kroger cutting spousal health insurance

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The Kroger Co. will stop providing health insurance benefits for spouses on January 1, 2014, according to a recent agreement with several unions, Indiana Public Media reported.

The report cited John Elliott, the spokesperson for Kroger’s Central Division in Indianapolis, who said Kroger’s new insurance policy is more generous than what is required by the Affordable Care Act. Under the agreement, Kroger will provide what Elliott called a more stable pension fund, various pay increases, and health insurance benefits for part-time workers who work as few as 20 hours per week.

According to Elliott, while the Affordable Care Act played a role in Kroger’s decision, the real reason for the change in policy was the increasing cost of health care in the United States.

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Sam’s Club moving to bigger location in Anchorage

BY Staff Writer

New York — Sam’s Club will host a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Sept. 5, at its new location in Anchorage. At 145,000 sq. ft., the new club will be more than 50% bigger than the former Anchorage location.

The new club has been constructed to include many environmentally friendly features. Energy-efficient fixtures, including daylight-harvesting skylights, reduce the amount of energy required to light the club by up to 75% daily.

“We’re adding approximately 50,000 sq. ft. with the new club,” said club manager Douglas McIntosh. “Now our members can access all the features a full-size Sam’s Club has to offer. We’re excited that we’re now offering a pharmacy, a hearing aid center, a fresh bakery, a members-only fuel station and other services.”

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Dunkin’ Donuts opens on Kansas Turnpike

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Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts continues its growth in non-traditional locations with the opening of two locations on the Kansas Turnpike with franchisee Rosenfield Restaurants. A third is scheduled to debut in October.

“Bringing Dunkin’ Donuts to service plazas around the country is just one great example of how our brand is taking successful elements of our traditional locations and translating them into alternative points of distribution,” said Grant Benson, VP of franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands.

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has over 500 non-traditional locations, including mass transit stations, travel centers, supermarkets, college campuses and military bases.

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