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• Safeway announced that “it has reached tentative agreements for new collective bargaining agreements with UFCW Locals 27 and 400. The agreements cover employees in Safeway's Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. area stores. The local unions will be presenting the tentative agreements to the company's employees covered by the agreements for ratification at meetings to be scheduled by the unions.”

• Price Chopper’s Director of In-Store Marketing Programs Jane Golub and Executive Chairman of the Board Neil Golub were honored with the Lifetime Philanthropy Award at the 15th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala, held in conjunction with the International Home + Housewares Show at the Hilton Chicago. They are the only supermarket executives ever to be honored by the organization.

According to the announcement, “The Golubs were praised for their active involvement with their ‘Family in Business.’  With 128 stores located in six states (New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont), the American-owned, family-managed Price Chopper Supermarkets prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service and cooperative employee relations.”

It would be hard to find two nicer people that Jane and Neil Golub, so I am happy whenever good things happen to and for them.

• The Boston Globe reports that “a group led by Dallas Cowboys Football Club owner and Jerry Jones and former quarterback Troy Aikman plan to open at least 50 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region over the next five years.” There currently just 19 Dunkin’ Donuts in North Texas, so this is a significant expansion there for the doughnut-and-coffee purveyor.
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