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Report: Walgreens to develop prepared meals for customers on the go

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Deerfield, Ill. Walgreens is gearing up to expand its food sector by offering fresh foods and prepared meals for its customers, according to published reports.

The drug store chain is targeting shoppers on a time crunch and reportedly is in talks with such companies as Sara Lee and Unilever. The program will boost front-end sales.

“Everyone is time-starved, and we have the most convenient 7,000 locations in the U.S.,” Bryan Pugh, Walgreens VP merchandising, told Bloomberg in a telephone interview. “They’re on-the-way-home destinations that are easy to get in and out of, and will provide a good value.”

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Kohl’s donates $250K for Haitian relief

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. Kohl’s announced that it has doanted $250,000 toward earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much-needed emergency supplies and services in the earthquake-impacted areas through its Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

“As a family-focused department store, our hearts go out to the tens of thousands of families impacted by the catastrophic damage caused by this week’s earthquake,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s EVP and chief marketing officer. “The loss is great, the need is immense, and Kohl’s is proud to be in a position to help during this tragedy.”

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Kmart to provide coats for Detroit kids

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DETROIT Kmart announced that it is partnering with WADL-TV38 to provide free coats to Detroit school children on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18.

“The economy and the extreme pressure on auxiliary services and organizations that help the community are tremendous.  We consider ourselves fortunate that someone from our community would be so generous for the benefit of Detroit’s school children,” states Denise Dody Johnson marketing and public relations director.

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