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Sam’s Club opens in Rock Hill, S.C.

BY Michael Fickes

Rock Hill, S.C. — Sam’s Club will open its new Rock Hill, S.C., club on Sep. 26. The grand opening will feature Greg Olsen, tight end for the Carolina Panthers, graffiti artist Reid Bramhall, face painting by Tony the Tiger and a book signing by TV chef and restaurateur Jami Deen.

The architecture of the new building employs a variety of environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, including daylight-harvesting skylights that reduce the energy required to light the store by up to 75% daily. LED lighting throughout the club, including in the cooler and freezer box doors and jewelry counter, operates 70% more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.

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Toys ‘R’ Us prepares for Halloween

BY CSA STAFF

Toys ‘R’ Us has opened Trick ‘R’ Treat “Bootiques” inside Toys "R" Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. These in-store shops feature a broad assortment of Halloween costumes, accessories, candy and gear.

Additionally, from now through Halloween, Toys “R” Us will offer a dedicated Halloween hub on its e-commerce site. The retailer will also place themed interactive content on its Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram channels, including photos from allowing customers to upload photos using the hashtags #Halloween and #BabiesFirstHalloween.

"At Toys "R’ Us, we are excited to offer a one-stop-shop for families looking to make their Halloween frightfully fun," said Lisa Harnisch, senior VP, general merchandise manager, Toys "R" Us, U.S. "From the year’s hottest costumes for kids and innovative dress-up themes for the whole family, to eerie decor and online activities, we are dedicated to providing our customers with affordable, on-trend merchandise for the Halloween season."

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Mars North America’s Quinn to three-peat at Sweets & Snacks Expo

BY CSA STAFF

Mars Chocolate North America has announced that Tim Quinn, VP of trade development, has agreed to chair the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo for the third year in a row.

The expo is the largest venue representing all major U.S. distribution channels of candy and snack products in one location, attracting more than15,000 industry professionals from 90 countries in May 2013.

“It’s truly an honor to be asked to return to lead this vital forum for sharing and showcasing innovation within our industry,” Quinn said. “The Sweets & Snacks Expo has evolved over the past 17 years, becoming not only a trade show for new products, but also an invaluable resource for the industry. It’s a place where manufacturers and customers can find practical business strategies, inspiring ideas and effective merchandising solutions.”

“Tim is a highly respected member of our community who brings a wealth of expertise, insights and innovative thinking to our event,” added Larry Graham, NCA president. “We’re fortunate to have him chairing the 2014 Expo, which under his leadership, promises once again to be the best place for industry members to discover, learn and connect.”

In his 30-year career at Mars, Quinn has held a number of sales and marketing positions of progressive responsibility. He has worked with multiple trade channels and gained a broad background in delivering customer-specific, consumer-focused solutions. Quinn also serves as an ex officio member of the NCA executive board and holds leadership positions in multiple industry associations, including NACS, NACDS and FMI. In 2012, Quinn was inducted into the “Candy Hall of Fame,” which recognizes individuals who made major contributions to the global confectionery industry.

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo will take place May 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center.

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