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More CVS pharmacies join movement to unionize

Two CVS pharmacies in Rhode Island, the state where the company’s corporate headquarters is located, filed to unionize Friday as workers across the industry continue to highlight an escalating staffing crisis and cite concerns about patient safety.  Pharmacists at the stores in Wakefield and Westerly are seeking to join The Pharmacy Guild, a U.S. trade union exclusively specializing in representing and unionizing pharmacy professionals, to…

Rite Aid to close 53 more stores amid bankruptcy proceedings

Rite Aid is shuttering 53 additional stores in nine states across the U.S. as part of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, according to recent court filings. Stores are closing in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  According to Reuters, Rite Aid received permission from a bankruptcy judge March 28 to begin voting on a bankruptcy restructuring plan that would turn…

The perks offered to Costco, BJ’s Wholesale and Sam’s Club members

Warehouse clubs like Costco, BJ’s Wholesale and Sam’s Club have become extremely popular over the years. “This is really clubs’ time, right?” BJ’s Wholesale CEO Bob Eddy said recently. “You think about the shopping environment that’s out there where value is paramount, there’s no better value than the club business.” Costco, BJ’s Wholesale and Sam’s Club all grant entry into their warehouse locations with their…

Game-changing new Costco item draws praise for offering flexible added home space

For anyone who needs more space for a home office, gym or entertainment, but only has space in their backyard, one new item at Costco is drawing attention. Just last week, the retail giant unveiled the SunVilla Milton Outdoor Suite with a price tag of $4,499.99.  “Transition seamlessly from your yard to your fully enclosed outdoor room through the grand sliding tempered glass double doors,”…

Pet food company to pay a cat lover $10K to cuddle with kittens, raise support for adoption shelters

A pet food company is taking its love of cats to the next level.  ACANA pet food is looking to pay $10,000 to one lucky cat lover for cuddling with kittens. The person will be picked based on replies to a simple questionnaire.  PETSMART IS OFFERING $20K FOR CAT, DOG ‘EMPLOYEES’ TO TEST NEW TOYS AND TREATS In addition to donating 5,000 cases of wet…

Walmart shoppers could get cash payment under $45M lawsuit settlement

Some grocery shoppers could be entitled to cash payments from Walmart as part of its recent $45 million settlement.  In some cases, customers could get as much as $500 back.  A lawsuit filed in October 2022 alleged that customers were charged more for certain sold-by-weight products and bagged fruit than the “lowest advertised per pound/ounce price,” according to a copy of the suit obtained by…

McDonald’s to buy Israel stores as turmoil rages in Middle East, boycotts loom

McDonald’s Corporation announced Thursday an agreement to buy its Israel franchise that has 225 restaurants and more than 5,000 employees. This comes as the war between Israel and Hamas continues and other unrest in the Middle East upticks. Alonyal Limited, which owns and operates McDonald’s restaurants in Israel, signed an agreement with McDonald’s Corporation for the sale. “For more than 30 years, Alonyal Limited has…

Amazon abandons cashier-less checkout system, ‘Just Walk Out,’ in favor of smart shopping cart

Amazon is removing its cashier-less checkout, also known as its “Just Walk Out” technology, from its Fresh grocery store locations across the U.S., the company announced Wednesday. In a statement to Fox News Digital, Amazon spokesperson Jessica Martin said that the company has reworked its “Just Walk Out” technology and created “Dash Carts.” “We’ve also heard from customers that while they enjoyed the benefit of…

Woman shocked at ‘pricey’ grocery store veggie and fruit platters costing over $30 each

A woman was shocked to find vegetable and fruit platters at the local grocery store with hefty price tags.  Nikita Cekay was shopping at a supermarket in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, when she came across a pre-cut vegetable platter.  The “celebration vegetable tray“ included tomatoes, cucumber, celery, carrots and cauliflower pieces and had a $45 CAD – or roughly $33 in U.S. dollars – price tag. FIVE GUYS’…

Costco launches weight loss program for members

Costco is jumping into the weight loss game by giving members access to sought-after medications such as those made by pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk.  Effective immediately, Costco members can sign up for a weight loss program through its partner Sesame, a health care marketplace aimed at helping those with high-deductible plans or no health insurance afford medical care. Members at Costco locations…

Price of eggs, chocolate remain higher than usual amid Easter festivities

Inflation and other factors related to the U.S. economy continue to wreak havoc on Americans, and the price of Easter essentials, including eggs, chocolate and candy, remains at near-historic highs. The average price for a dozen grade A eggs in cities throughout the United States sat at around $2.99, according to February data provided by the Federal Reserve. That price is more than double the…

Certain fire extinguishing balls may fail to work, could lead to injury or death: regulators

Federal safety regulators are warning consumers about fire extinguishing balls still on the market that could fail to extinguish fires.  In a Thursday warning notice, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the Elide brand fire extinguishing balls can “fail to effectively disperse fire retardant chemicals” and thus “fail to extinguish a fire, which could lead to serious injury and death.” SUBARU RECALLING OVER 118K…

Iconic NYC restaurant owner fears city’s ‘unsafe’ conditions threaten employees: ‘When did this become OK?’

Crime is taking a bite out of the Big Apple, according to the owner of one iconic New York City eatery. Concerned about the crisis, Junior’s Restaurant’s third-generation proprietor, Alan Rosen, lamented to The New York Post that there are no consequences for creating chaos in the city. “When did it become OK to shoplift a pharmacy? In what society is that OK? People shouldn’t…

Dunkin’ celebrates spring with limited-edition ‘Short King’ beverage

“Short kings,” unite! Dunkin’ is celebrating the start of spring with an homage to short kings — an online term that refers to men under 5 foot, 8 inches tall. For what is being dubbed “Short King Spring,” Dunkin’ has renamed its small iced regular coffee The Short King. DUNKIN’ DEBUTS CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINK AFTER PANERA CHARGED LEMONADE CONTROVERSY The Short King will be exclusively…

Target doubles employee bonuses after strong profits

Target is doubling its bonuses this year after profits beat the company’s expectations during fiscal year 2023.  The Minneapolis-based retail behemoth is planning to pay 100% of eligible 2023 bonuses to salaried employees, the company confirmed to FOX Business. Last year, it was 50%. Target confirmed that the company’s bonus structure hasn’t changed but that it is increasing payouts due to its profit outcomes even…

FCC investigating Amazon and other retailers over alleged sale of banned products

Amazon and other retailers are under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allegedly marketing and selling banned equipment. The investigation concerns the marketing and selling of illegal electronic devices, including radio frequency jammers, according to a report by NBC News that said it found nine independent sellers on Amazon recently selling jammers. The outlet previously reported that several online retailers and drone technology…

McDonald’s hit by worldwide tech outage affecting restaurants, app

McDonald’s is working to fix a “technology outage” on Friday morning that’s impacting its restaurants worldwide, even forcing some to temporarily close. “We are aware of a technology outage, which impacted our restaurants; the issue is now being resolved,” McDonald’s said in a statement to FOX Business.  The company also confirmed that “the issue is not related to a cybersecurity event.”  MCDONALD’S EVOLUTION FROM DRIVE-IN…

QVC apologizes to Asian community, vows increased DEI work after ‘offensive’ email to customers

Home shopping company QVC issued an apology to its customers — Asian female customers in particular — and vowed to work more closely with its DEI team after sending a marketing email containing “offensive” language. “You’ll love this bag longtime,” an email subject line sent to QVC customers Friday morning said.  Fox News Digital reviewed the email, which was advertising a handbag as the company’s…

Discount grocer ALDI to open 800 new stores across US in multi-year expansion plan

Popular discount grocer ALDI will be increasing its already growing presence across America over the next five years, the company announced Thursday. The self-described “low-price leader” plans to add 800 locations across the country by the end of 2028 as part of a massive $9 billion expansion plan, which includes opening new stores and making a few conversions. “This five-year expansion plan will bring even…

Hidden Valley Ranch launches Cheez-It-flavored dressing, ‘Cheezy Ranch’

Ranch dressing is getting a cheesy twist. Hidden Valley Ranch has announced its collaboration with Cheez-It to create the all-new Cheezy Ranch. The company is calling the dressing the “cheeziest ranch yet,” according to a press release. CHEEZ-IT LAUNCHES TWO NEW ‘EXTRA CRUNCHY’ SNACKS: ‘ABSURDLY-AMPED-UP SNACKING EXPERIENCE’ The cheesy creation was inspired by ranch lovers who combined ranch dressing with Cheez-It crackers, according to Hidden…

North Face offers discount for customers taking equity course that says Black people can’t enjoy the outdoors’

The North Face company is offering customers a discount if they complete an equity course that teaches how White people never experience racism, and how the “outdoors” is oppressive against Black people. The North Face, whose parent company is V.F. Corporation, launched a racial equity course that states how White people never experience hardship due to the color of their skin and that Black people…

Macy’s gets another, bigger bid from Arkhouse, Brigade Capital

A pair of investment firms sent a bigger buyout offer to Macy’s over the weekend. The all-cash proposal to buy outstanding Macy’s shares at $24 per share came from Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management. “The Macy’s, Inc. Board will carefully review and evaluate the latest proposal consistent with the Board’s’ fiduciary duties and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors,” the retailer said…

Major California mall places restrictions on times minors can shop unsupervised after teenage brawl

New age restrictions are now in place for minors wanting to visit a Los Angeles area mall following a massive brawl in December 2023. The Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, which is described on its website as the largest shopping center in the western U.S., will no longer allow unsupervised shoppers under the age of 18 after 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The…

Family Dollar pleads guilty to holding consumer products in ‘rodent-infested warehouse’

The Department of Justice announced on Monday that Family Dollar Stores LLC has pleaded guilty to holding consumer products in a “rodent-infested warehouse.” The DOJ released a statement Monday stating that the company pleaded guilty to holding food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics under insanitary conditions, related to a rodent infestation at the company’s West Memphis, Arkansas, distribution center. The company has also agreed to…

Krispy Kreme announces sweet Leap Day deal: How to score discounted donuts on Feb. 29

Leap Day occurs every four years on Feb. 29.  This year, the rare day falls on Thursday — and Krispy Kreme is going out of its way to ensure all the celebratory moves take place. The brand announced that customers could snag a dozen original donuts for just $2.29 — a nod to the 2/29 calendar date. KRISPY KREME ANNOUNCES LIMITED-TIME CHOCOLATE COLLABORATION WITH ICONIC BRAND:…

Why Costco hot dogs have kept $1.50 price tag since 1985

Costco’s signature $1.50 hot dogs remain an ever-popular staple for shoppers at any of the retailer’s 602 warehouses nationwide, but exactly how has the big-box store kept the price of the all-beef cuisine so cheap since its introduction in 1985? The reason, at first, was sentimental. Costco’s late chairman Jeffrey Brotman, who co-founded the warehouse empire with its since-retired CEO Jim Sinegal, told the now-defunct King…

Over 120K gun safes recalled after reports of faulty biometric lock allowing unauthorized users to open

Four different companies have recalled certain gun safes after some – about 120,520 total products – were determined to have faulty biometric locks, allowing the safes to be opened by unauthorized users. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recalls on Thursday affecting safes sold by Bulldog Cases, Machir, MouTec and Awesafe. OVER 15M TOSHIBA LAPTOP ADAPTERS RECALLED AFTER REPORTS OF OVERHEATING, CATCHING FIRE Bulldog…

Amazon employees evacuate after fire breaks out at Illinois fulfillment center

Employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Markham, Illinois, had to be evacuated after a fire broke out at the massive facility Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but an employee told FOX 32 Chicago she believes it may have involved a conveyor belt or other type of machinery. She observed that the building smelled of smoke.  When the TV news…

7 groceries at Costco you’re likely overpaying for, expert says

Costco’s shoppers are familiar with the big box stores’ low prices, but one shopping expert warns there are some groceries that shoppers may be better off buying at a local supermarket. While $5 rotisserie chicken and $1.50 hot dogs are among the famed bargains offered by Costco, food writer Su-Jit Lin, who is a self-professed fan of the wholesale club, writes in an article for…

Retail sales tumble much more than expected in January

Americans pumped the brakes on spending in January after the pivotal holiday season as they continued to confront high interest rates and steeper prices for everyday goods. Retail sales, a measure of how much consumers spent on a number of everyday goods including cars, food and gasoline, tumbled 0.8% in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That is lower than both the 0.1% decline projected…