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Rite Aid December Same-Store Sales Dip

BY CSA STAFF

Camp Hill, Pa. Rite Aid Corp. said Thursday its same-store sales fell 0.5% during December, due largely to a drop in front-end sales.

The company said its pharmacy same-store sales were flat, but front-end same-store sales fell 1.2%.

Rite Aid said total sales for the four-week period ended Dec. 29 rose 48% to $2.20 billion, compared to $1.49 billion in the same period last year.

The increase in total sales mainly came from stores that have been acquired since last year, including the Brooks/Eckerd stores it bought in June. Those stores were excluded from the same-store sales figures.

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Stater Bros. promotes two executives

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. Markets Monday announced the promotion of two senior executives. George Frahm has been named evp of retail operations and administration and Dennis McIntyre will assume the role of evp of marketing.

Frahm joined Stater Bros. in 1973 as a courtesy clerk, working his way through a variety of retail store and district supervision positions. In 1995 he became director of labor relations and then vp of labor relations in 1996. In 2001, he was promoted to senior vp of administration and became group senior vp of administration in March 2006. He assumed his most recent role of group senior vp of retail operations and administration in September 2006.

McIntyre joined Stater Bros. Markets in 1978 as a courtesy clerk and progressed through a variety of roles until becoming a buyer in the marketing department in 1983. In 1994, he was promoted to assistant vp of marketing and in 1999 he was promoted to vp of marketing. In 2000, McIntyre was promoted to senior vp of marketing, and he was promoted to his most recent position of group senior vp of marketing in 2002.

Jack Brown, chairman and ceo of Stater Bros. Markets stated, “George and Dennis are well-respected and valuable members of our senior management team. Their promotions reflect the leadership skills and the contributions that each has made and will continue to make to the success and growth of Stater Bros.”

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Wakefern in wholesale deal with Gristedes

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KEASBEY, N.J. Through an agreement with Wakefern Food, New York City-based supermarket chain Gristedes will be offering Wakefern’s ShopRite private label brand at its stores.

Gristedes will now offer ShopRite Organic products, health and beauty care and imported specialty items.

“After trying the ShopRite brand myself, I believe they are just as good if not better than national brand products,” said Charles Criscuolo, senior evp of Gristedes. “By bringing the ShopRite brand into my stores, I’m offering more variety and added value to my customers seeking high quality products at an affordable price.”

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