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Whole Foods ‘Sacks’ Plastic Bags in Hometown Store

BY CSA STAFF

Whole Foods Market has stopped offering plastic grocery bags to customers at its two stores in its corporate hometown of Austin, Texas. Paper bags made exclusively for Whole Foods from 100% recycled content will continue to be an option for shoppers.

“Let’s face it, plastic bags fill landfills, harm our water systems and wildlife, and litter our roadsides and communities. We are discontinuing the use of these bags in support of our core value of ‘caring for our communities and our environment,’ which includes adopting wise environmental practices,” said Seth Stutzman, Whole Foods Market’s Southwest regional VP.

The chain said the decision to discontinue using plastic bags in Austin is the first step in its plan to ban such bags companywide by early 2008.

In related news, Whole Foods continues to integrate sustainability and energy conservation into the design and operation of its buildings. Its new store in Sugar Land, Texas, features a leaf-shaped roof, which serves as a rainwater collection system to be used as irrigation for the extensive plaza landscaping. In addition, this design provides natural light throughout the day, reducing the demands for artificial lighting in the 50,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

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Stage Stores says Peebles evp to retire

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HOUSTON Stage Stores today announced that Dennis Abramczyk, evp and coo of its Peebles Division, will be retiring after approximately nine years with the company. He will continue to serve in his position until a replacement is found.

Jim Scarborough, chairman and ceo, commented, We want to thank Dennis for his contributions and service to our company, and we wish him well as he begins this new phase of his life. We will immediately begin a search for his successor, and we are pleased that Dennis will be staying on until the conclusion of our search process, as this will ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

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Home Depot to cut 500 HQ jobs

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ATLANTA Home Depot is cutting 500 jobs at its headquarters. According to reports the cuts make up 10% of the 5,000 employees who work at the headquarters.

The cuts are partly due to the struggling U.S. economy, which has hurt market conditions, reports said. Employees were notified of the eliminations today, they will be paid through April 4.

Home Depot reported fiscal 2007 third quarter consolidated net earnings of $1.1 billion, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, in the same period in fiscal 2006.

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