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Toys ‘R’ Us debuts free layaway for the holidays

BY Staff Writer

Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us said Tuesday that it will waive upfront service fees for its holiday layaway program, kicking off immediately and running through Oct. 31.

The retailer will also remove its minimum purchase requirement, and customers have until Dec. 16 to pick up orders.

Year-round layaway programs will continue, but will have the customary $5 service fee attached.

“Providing our customers flexible payment terms, without requiring an upfront service fee, is our most attractive layaway offer yet,” said Troy Rice, executive VP stores and services.

Toys “R” Us’ layaway program calls for a 20% down-payment at time of order.

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Eastern Mountain partners with Smart Button for customer rewards program

BY Staff Writer

Peterborough, N.H. — Eastern Mountain Sports said Tuesday it has launched its first customer rewards program; effective Sept. 1, the outdoor retailer debuted the EMS Rewards which allows customers to earn points on purchases.

Using the Smart Button loyalty platform, the paperless EMS Rewards program has no key fobs or cards to carry. Customers can create accounts at any retail store and online at Rewards.EMS.com. There are no limits to the number of points a customer can earn during each six-month period; rewards will be totaled in March and September, and customers will be notified via email when their rewards certificates are eligible to be claimed or redeemed.

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Delhaize names former Wendy’s CEO as new chief

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Salisbury, N.C. — Grocery parent Delhaize said Friday it has named former Wendy’s and Arby’s CEO Roland Smith as president and CEO of Delhaize America and executive VP of Delhaize Group. Smith succeeds retiring CEO Ronald C. Hodge, effective Oct. 15.

Hodge will continue to serve the company in an advisory capacity.

Delhaize America operates supermarkets under the Food Lion, Hannaford and Sweetbay banners.

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