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August 29, 2013

Giant Food of Landover, Md., has opened 20 pickup locations with online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., has opened 20 pickup locations with online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said.

Giant, owned by Ahold USA, announced the recent opening of three new locations, in Bowie, Md., Sterling, Va., and Chevy Chase, Md.

August 29, 2013

Giant Food of Landover, Md., is bringing back a rewards program for schools for the 25th year, the supermarket chain said Thursday.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., is bringing back a rewards program for schools for the 25th year, the supermarket chain said Thursday.

August 27, 2013

Giant Food Stores opened the doors to its new in-store health clinic at a store in Levittown, Pa., Tuesday, the supermarket chain said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores opened the doors to its new in-store health clinic at a store in Levittown, Pa., Tuesday, the supermarket chain said.

Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant, one of the supermarket banners owned by Ahold USA, said the clinic, operated under partnership with Aria Health FastCare, provides customers with convenient and affordable care for treating a variety of common illnesses, and offers preventive health care.

August 26, 2013

Giant Food Stores is donating $9,000 to a local food bank to celebrate its 90 years in operation, the supermarket chain said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores is donating $9,000 to a local food bank to celebrate its 90 years in operation, the supermarket chain said.

Giant said it would expand its "Living Here, Giving Here" community support program by spending 90 days donating to local food banks, in this case to the Second Harvest Food Bank, providing hunger relief throughout the Lehigh Valley. The chain has donated more than $150 million in money and products to charitable causes since 2005.

August 26, 2013

Stop & Shop is launching nine new pickup locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of its partnership with online grocer and sister company Peapod.

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop is launching nine new pickup locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of its partnership with online grocer and sister company Peapod.

The two retailers, owned by Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA, said the new pickup spots would allow shoppers to order groceries online for easy pickup. The stores included are in Braintree, Mass.; Cohasset, Mass.; East Weymouth, Mass.; Harwich, Mass.; Milford, Mass.; North Attleboro, Mass.; Providence, R.I.; Pawtucket, R.I.; and Cranston, R.I.

August 26, 2013

Nearly half of families rely on recipes that are fast and easy to make for dinner, according to a new survey of shoppers by supermarket chain Stop & Shop.

QUINCY, Mass. — Nearly half of families rely on recipes that are fast and easy to make for dinner, according to a new survey of shoppers by supermarket chain Stop & Shop.

August 23, 2013

Giant Food Stores will stage the grand opening of a new in-store health clinic at one of its stores Tuesday, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Giant Food Stores will stage the grand opening of a new in-store health clinic at one of its stores Tuesday, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

Giant, based in Carlisle, Pa., is partnering with Aria Health FastCare on the clinic, providing the space while Aria provides the staff. The clinic will be the fourth. Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital is also partnering with Giant to operate another clinic.

August 23, 2013

Stop & Shop recently sponsored a "Healthy Kids Summit" in Pawtucket, R.I., with help from local community health experts, the company said.

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop recently sponsored a "Healthy Kids Summit" in Pawtucket, R.I., with help from local community health experts, the company said.

August 22, 2013

Abbe Luersman has been appointed as chief human resources officer of Ahold, the Dutch supermarket-operating company said Thursday.

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Abbe Luersman has been appointed as chief human resources officer of Ahold, the Dutch supermarket-operating company said Thursday.

August 16, 2013

Ahold stores, including Giant Carlisle, Giant Landover and Stop & Shop, will introduce a new coffee product to select store shelves compatible with the Keurig single-serve K-cup machines.

DENVER — Ahold stores, including Giant Carlisle, Giant Landover and Stop & Shop, will introduce a new coffee product to select store shelves compatible with the Keurig single-serve K-cup machines, the coffee maker announced today.

August 9, 2013

Amazon's grocery service might be making its way to New York next year, according to published reports.

SEATTLE – Amazon's grocery service might be making its way to New York next year, according to published reports.

Citing analysis from SunTrust analyst Robert Peck, EcommerceBytes.com reported that the Seattle-based online retailer may start offering Amazon Fresh in New York in 2014, based on his finding that the company had expanded into a New Jersey warehouse previously used by C&S Wholesale Grocers. 

August 8, 2013

With an all-star lineup of leading retailers and a capacity crowd once again expected for the annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Conference, DSN has added Daymond "The Shark" John as the special guest speaker at this year's event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Manhattan's New York Athletic Club.

NEW YORK — The Drug Store News Group is going to need a bigger boat.

August 6, 2013

“We're asking the pharmacists to be proactive in their communication rather than reactive.”

That’s Andrew Markievich, manager of pharmacy clinical programs for Ahold USA, the big Dutch-based owner-operator of U.S. supermarket chains like Stop & Shop and Giant Food in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. Speaking to Drug Store News’ Alaric DeArment, Markievich was describing a new campaign at Ahold USA’s more than 560 food-store pharmacies “to take a more active, deliberate role in communicating with our patients.”

“We're asking the pharmacists to be proactive in their communication rather than reactive.”

August 5, 2013

Ahold USA is encouraging its pharmacists to be more proactive and form closer relationships with their patients with the launch of ACT!, a program that stands for “Acknowledge,” “Coach” and “Thank.”

Why is this important? Ahold is a pharmacy retailer to watch. Notice that DSN didn't say "supermarket pharmacy retailer"?

Ahold USA is encouraging its pharmacists to be more proactive and form closer relationships with their patients with the launch of ACT!, a program that stands for “Acknowledge,” “Coach” and “Thank.”

Why is this important? Ahold is a pharmacy retailer to watch. Notice that DSN didn't say "supermarket pharmacy retailer"? 

August 1, 2013

Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Bertram previoulsy worked for Jewel-Osco, where he oversaw operations across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He was also SVP of Supervalu and worked in executive positions at Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His new position at Ahold USA will be based out of the company's Carlisle, Pa., headquarters.

August 1, 2013

As pharmacy organizations tout the pharmacist as the face of neighborhood health care, one retailer is encouraging its own pharmacists to be more proactive.

NEW YORK — As pharmacy organizations tout the pharmacist as the face of neighborhood health care, one retailer is encouraging its own pharmacists to be more proactive.

Ahold USA has launched ACT! in an effort to get its pharmacists to build closer relationships with their patients. ACT! stands for "Acknowledge," "Coach" and "Thank." Ahold USA owns the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., chains in the Northeast.

July 30, 2013

A newly remodeled Giant Food Stores location includes an expanded selection of gluten-free items and digital kiosks for finding savings and placing orders.

CARLISLE, Pa. — A newly remodeled Giant Food Stores location includes an expanded selection of gluten-free items and digital kiosks for finding savings and placing orders.

Carlilsle, Pa.-based Giant, also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from Giant Food of Landover, Md., announced that it had finished remodeling its Bensalem, Pa., store. Both chains are owned by Ahold USA.

July 24, 2013

Ahold USA division Giant Food Stores has raised $540,888 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the chain said Wednesday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA division Giant Food Stores has raised $540,888 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the chain said Wednesday.

Giant-Carlisle, which also includes Martin's Food Markets, allowed customers to donate $1 to purchase paper balloons. The chain has been supporting CMN Hospitals for 17 years and recently passed the $30 million fundraising mark.

The money from the campaign will be donated to children's hospitals in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Va., and the Pennsylvania cities of Harrisburg, Danville and Altoona.

July 19, 2013

For the second year in a row, online grocer Peapod is working with a Wisconsin farm to deliver organic and heirloom vegetables to customers in the Chicago area.

NEW YORK — For the second year in a row, online grocer Peapod is working with a Wisconsin farm to deliver organic and heirloom vegetables to customers in the Chicago area.

Peapod, owned by Ahold USA, said customers could order local farm boxes from Viroqua, Wis.-based Harvest Moon Farms and have them delivered to their homes or scheduled for pickup at nearby pickup locations in the Illinois towns of Deerfield, Palatine and Lincolnshire. Produce includes beans, beets, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and heirloom tomatoes.

July 19, 2013

Stop & Shop, owned by Ahold USA, said the Local Route program guides customers to locally grown produce while they shop, highlighting local farms and featured fresh items in the produce departments.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop is relaunching a program designed to promote locally grown produce, the chain said.

Stop & Shop, owned by Ahold USA, said the Local Route program guides customers to locally grown produce while they shop, highlighting local farms and featured fresh items in the produce departments.

The chain also participates in Jersey Fresh, Connecticut Grown, Grown on Long Island and Harvest New England.

July 18, 2013

A Maryland Martin's Food Markets store has hired a professional nutritionist to assist customers with questions on healthy eating, provide consultations and teach classes.

CARLISLE, Pa. — A Maryland Martin's Food Markets store has hired a professional nutritionist to assist customers with questions on healthy eating, provide consultations and teach classes.

July 16, 2013

Coming home after a long vacation is often described as coming "back to the grind" or "back to reality." For people who might have thrown away perishable foods before leaving, that reality often includes an empty refrigerator at inconvenient hours or in the throes of jet lag.

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Coming home after a long vacation is often described as coming "back to the grind" or "back to reality." For people who might have thrown away perishable foods before leaving, that reality often includes an empty refrigerator at inconvenient hours or in the worst throes of jet lag.

July 16, 2013

Stop & Shop is expanding a program to educate children about nutrition, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop is expanding a program to educate children about nutrition, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said.

The chain announced that it would update and expand the Passport to Nutrition program to organizations that educate and work with children, such as schools, summer camps and scouting groups. The announcement follows a similar announcement last week by Landover, Md.-based sister chain Giant Food.

July 12, 2013

Giant Food is revamping a program designed to promote health and wellness among children, the supermarket chain said.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food is revamping a program designed to promote health and wellness among children, the supermarket chain said.

The Ahold USA-owned chain, also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish it from fellow Ahold chain Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., said it would introduce a newly updated and expanded Passport to Nutrition program to organizations that educate and work with children, including schools, summer camps and scouting groups.

July 8, 2013

Royal Ahold's U.S. division has appointed a new executive to head the division's brand management and private label development, the company said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Royal Ahold's U.S. division has appointed Juan De Paoli to head the division's brand management and private-label development, the company said.

Ahold USA announced that it had hired De Paoli as SVP brand management and own brands, effective Monday. Ahold USA runs the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., chains, as well as the Peapod online grocery service.