SUPPLY CHAIN

Sheetz breaks ground on North Carolina DC

BY Staff Writer

Altoona, Pa. — Sheetz Convenience Restaurants said it broke ground Thursday on a new distribution and production center in Burlington, N.C.

The 44-acre site will include a Sheetz Bros. kitchen bakery, distribution and warehousing center for the Sheetz distribution fleet, and also will provide space for various other corporate support departments.

Sheetz currently has 450 locations, 56 of which are in North Carolina. The company has plans to open at least a dozen more in the state over the next few years, making a southern point of distribution a necessity.

"We are eager to open, not only to strengthen our ability to deliver on the promise of exceptional customer service, but also to become a greater part of the City of Burlington and Alamance County communities," said Ray Ryan, executive VP distribution services, Sheetz.

Samet Corp. will oversee management of the $32.8 million construction project.

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OPERATIONS

Kay Jewelers leverages Facebook for wedding ring promotion

BY Staff Writer

Akron, Ohio — Kay Jewelers said it has teamed with wedding site The Knot to launch an interactive wedding ring style quiz on Facebook.

As part of the promotion, consumers visit The Knot or Kay Jewelers on Facebook and answer questions about personal style and wedding ring preferences. Once complete, participants will receive their wedding ring personality types along with brand suggestions, and will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a pair of wedding bands from Kay.

"Selecting an engagement ring or wedding band is one of the most important decisions in anyone’s life, and this fun and convenient tool is one more example of how Kay offers a unique customer-first experience to help in that process," said Mark Light, president and CEO, Kay Jewelers.

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FINANCE

Delhaize Group to sell 25 Maxi, Mini Maxi and Tempo stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Brussels, Belgium — Belgian grocer Delhaize Group said that it has reached an agreement to sell 25 Maxi, Mini Maxi, and Tempo stores in Montenegro to Expo Commerce.

The transaction is slated to close in the fourth quarter, and Delhaize and Expo will enter into a franchise agreement to maintain the Maxi, Mini Maxi and Tempo names.

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