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Amazon to lower prices at Whole Foods after acquisition approved by shareholders

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 3:56 PM



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Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market will officially close on Monday, the companies said Thursday.

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News of the closing date comes a day after Whole Foods shareholders voted to approve the deal, and the Federal Trade Commission said it would no longer be investigating the merger, which essentially cleared it to be closed.

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Amazon’s impact will be immediately seen at Whole Foods, as the company said it will lower prices at the stores and integrate its Amazon Prime program.

"We're determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer. “Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality - we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market's long-held commitment to the highest standards.”

Beginning Monday, prices for some of Whole Foods best-selling items, such as the Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados and organic eggs, will be lowered, the companies said.

Amazon Prime will also become Whole Foods’ customer rewards program sometime in the future, the companies said, showing that the e-commerce giant is looking to quickly integrate one of its most popular products into Whole Foods.

Beyond that, the companies said that “Amazon lockers” will be available in select Whole Foods stores, where customers will be able to have products shipped from Amazon.com to their local Whole Foods store.

“This is just the beginning,” the companies said in the announcement. “Amazon and Whole Foods Market plan to offer more in-store benefits and lower prices for customers over time as the two companies integrate logistics and point-of-sale and merchandising systems.”

Amazon and Whole Foods announced the agreement on June 16. The two companies began talks about two months before then after Whole Foods representatives first contacted Amazon.

Whole Foods shareholders are set to receive $42 per share in the sale. Amazon.com will gain ownership of Whole Foods’ more than 460 stores, as well as add the grocer’s roughly 87,000 employees to its workforce. Amazon has said it will keep the Whole Foods name on stores and retain CEO John Mackey.

"It's been our mission for 39 years at Whole Foods Market to bring the highest quality food to our customers," Mackey said. "By working together with Amazon and integrating in several key areas, we can lower prices and double down on that mission and reach more people with Whole Foods Market's high-quality, natural and organic food. As part of our commitment to quality, we'll continue to expand our efforts to support and promote local products and suppliers. We can't wait to start showing customers what's possible when Whole Foods Market and Amazon innovate together."

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Retailer at The Greene warns customers about credit card processing issue

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

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A retailer at The Greene Town Center alerted customers about an issue with transactions being processed correctly at its store.

Jake’s Toggery, a clothing retailer, sent an email to customers alerting them about an issue with their credit card processor. NCR Merchant Solutions told the retailer that transactions made at two locations of Jake’s Toggery did not process correctly.

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The two impacted stores are Jake’s Toggery at The Greene in Beavercreek and Jake’s Toggery Polaris in Columbus. If a customer made a purchase at one of these store locations from June 21 to July 17, the purchase has not shown up on their credit card statement. The retailer said NCR Merchant Solutions is working to reprocess each affected transactions, which should hit accounts soon, according to the email.

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“We recognize how concerning seeing an unrecognized or forgotten transaction from several weeks ago might be, but please rest assured that our servers and systems are secure, and that at no time would any of your information have been compromised,” the email stated.

NCR Merchant Solutions has issued the following statement: “We sincerely apologize for this issue and are hoping to get all corrected soon.”

Jake’s Toggery also has a location at the Liberty Center in Liberty Twp. 

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Pickle-flavored cotton candy? Ohio candy store to sell new item

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 10:52 AM


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Pucker up! Grandpa Joe’s is offering a new pickle-flavored, sweet treat.

Grandpa Joe’s, which has locations in Miamisburg and Middletown, just added a new sour treat for candy lovers. Co-owner Tiffany Kelly said customers “love their pickles.” The candy shop saw a surge in popularity after introducing pickle-flavored soda at the store.

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Grandpa Joe’s was founded by Christopher Beers in Pittsburgh, and has two locations in Pennsylvania. Tiffany and Bill Kelly opened the third location with Beers in 2017 when a space in downtown Miamisburg became available. Then they added another location in Middletown.

The candy stores have more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. Flavors include everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that tastes like ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies.

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LISTEN: Good Sam dispatch has final sign off for emergency room

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

Workers remove sign just hours after Premier Health closed the emergency room

Dispatchers and EMS crews signed off for the final time as Good Samaritan Hospital closed its emergency department this afternoon.

The Dayton hospital, operated by Premier Health, has been closing down major units as it approaches the final close date of 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Watch the video above for the the final dispatch traffic as crews signed off.

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The emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital closed its doors at noon Thursday. Listen to one of the last call signals sent out from the Dayton Fire EMS Council.

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Carillon Park’s newest building is about to rise

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:06 PM

Brady Kress, center, president and chief executive, helped break ground Thursday with guests and friends for a new building at Carillon Park. CONTRIBUTED
Brady Kress, center, president and chief executive, helped break ground Thursday with guests and friends for a new building at Carillon Park. CONTRIBUTED

Construction is underway on a new building at the 65-acre Carillon Park.

Ground was broken Thursday on the new 32,000-square-foot Heritage Center of Regional Leadership.

The building will be a big one, featuring classrooms, meeting spaces, an exhibit gallery of nationally recognized regional leaders, an outdoor dining plaza, a restored 1904 Barney & Smith rail car and more, including a renewed Culp’s Café — “reimagined in the style of an early 20th century soda fountain,” Dayton History said.

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The site will also feature a 500-plus seat banquet pavilion.

Roll & Associates will serve as architect and Danis will oversee construction. Beavercreek engineering firm Woolpert is providing structural engineering support to Roll & Associates.

The project is expected to be finished next summer, with the building connecting the Kettering Family Education Center to Carillon Brewing Co.

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“As a private not-for-profit charity, everything we do is donor driven,” Brady Kress, Dayton History president and chief executive, said in a statement. “This new Leadership Center was made possible by the generous support of several financial champions.”

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