Dole Packaged Foods and ShopRite have partnered with the Camden Street School in Newark, N.J., to launch a Project Learning Garden, which aims to teach students about where food comes from, expand their palates, promote healthy habits and encourage interaction with the environment. The effort is a continuation of Earth Day initiatives and comes as the ShopRite prepares to open a store in Newark this summer.
A ShopRite store in N.J. is reaching out to gluten-free shoppers with a Gluten-Free Festival this weekend, which will feature educational materials and free consultations with the store's dietitian or a pediatric gastroenterologist who is from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and director of the Center for Celiac Disease. Samples of the chain's more than 60 gluten-free brands will also be available.
PriceRite unveiled its new store in Camden, N.J., on Wednesday, which is the first new grocery store in that area of the city in 45 years. The 43,000-square-foot store is owned by brothers Shawn, Jason and Brett Ravitz, who also expect to open a ShopRite store in the area in 2016. The store employs 100 people, and about 70% of them are residents of Camden, says Jason Ravitz.
Six New Jersey ShopRite stores will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by the end of March. "It's not a good business to be in (in) New Jersey, which imposes the highest state excise tax on cigarettes in the nation," said a ShopRite official. "There is almost no profit in it anymore."