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Whole Foods Generates Clean Energy

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South Windsor, Conn. Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market announced Monday that its new store in Glastonbury, Conn., will be the first supermarket ever to use fuel-cell technology. Whole Foods has partnered with UTC Power to produce clean energy designed to reduce its carbon footprint.

The new Connecticut store will be the first supermarket to generate most of its power on-site with an ultra-clean fuel cell from UTC Power.

“We are always looking to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Kathy Loftus, global leader, sustainable engineering, maintenance and energy for Whole Foods Market. “Together with UTC Power and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, we’ve designed a combined cooling, heating and power system for our new Glastonbury store using a quiet, highly energy-efficient fuel cell that will reduce our carbon footprint dramatically.”

The new 46,000-sq.-ft. store at 55 Welles Street in the Fox Run Mall opens its doors at 10 a.m. on March 12 and will generate 50% of the electricity and heat and nearly 100% of the hot water needed to operate the store on-site using fuel-cell technology. This allows Whole Foods Market to reduce its burden on the power grid and its impact on the environment.

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Thompson to head Rite Aid Northeast division

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CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid has promoted Robert Thompson to senior vp of the Northeast division, in charge of more than 1,000 stores. Thompson was previously serving as vp of pharmacy business development.

Thompson will report to Brian Fiala, evp of store operations.

Thompson, joined Rite Aid in 2004 as vp of pharmacy business development, charged with developing and implementing strategic initiatives to grow the companys pharmacy business. He has been integrally involved in planning and implementing Rite Aids integration of the recently purchased Brooks and Eckerd drug store chains.

We are fortunate to have Robert in this new position because he brings a breadth of experience to the job with his background in pharmacy, store operations and new business development, Fiala said. His recent experience integrating our newly acquired stores will be particularly valuable since so many of them are located in the Northeast. 

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Ahold U.S. forges ahead

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands Ahold Thursday noted its efforts in the United States, pointing out that it had rolled out 70% of its VIP program at Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover. The company also noted that in 2008 it will focus on the completion of the VIP program and the remodeling of its Giant-Landover stores.

Ahold reported that fourth quarter net sales for its Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover segment were $3.9 billion, up 2% from the same period last year. Identical-store sales (excluding fuel) were up 1.2% and down 0.5% at Giant-Landover. For the full year, net sales were $16.7 billion, up 1.5% compared to last year. Identical sales (excluding fuel) were up 0.6% at Stop & Shop and down 1.1% at Giant-Landover. Operating income was $663 million – or 4% of net sales – down $176 million compared to last year.

For its Giant-Carlisle segment, Ahold reported fourth quarter net sales of 1 billion, up 8.6% compared to last year, due in part to the acquisition of Clemens Markets in the fourth quarter of 2006. Identical sales were up 3.8% (excluding fuel). For the full year, net sales were $4.3 billion, up 13% compared to last year, due in part to the acquisition of Clemens Markets in the fourth quarter of 2006. Identical sales were up 3.2% (excluding fuel).

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