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Walmart's online focus changes

NEW YORK (AP) - Bohemian or traditional? Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, is the first glimpse of the … more

Subway shakes up rewards program, cuts free Footlongs

NEW YORK - Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.The changes, taking place next month, are part of Subway's attempts to revamp its image, lure … more

Albertsons, Rite Aid combine forces

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits. Albertsons Companies executives said Tuesday that their … more

NAACP looks into Pilgrim's Pride after Sumter workers' strike

The Sumter County branch of the NAACP announced it launched an investigation into allegations a manager at Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Sumter made derogatory statements describing black employees last week. Employees went on strike on Feb. 15 when … more

Pilgrim's Pride recalls 50 tons of chicken patties

One of the largest chicken producers in the world has recalled more than 50 tons of ready-to-eat patties that may be contaminated with rubber bits. A customer reportedly filed a complaint against Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas, … more

6 Sumter real estate agents nationally recognized

FROM STAFF REPORTS Six Berkshire Hathaway John M. Brabham Real Estate agents in Sumter recently earned national awards and will be recognized at the agency's annual sales conference in San Antonio, Texas. Millie Welch, Denise Weeks, Charles … more

MUSC to partner with Shriners for burn unit in new children's hospital

It appears a new children's hospital being built in Charleston will likely have a pediatric burn unit that uses expertise from a children's orthopaedics, spinal cord injury, cleft lip and palate and burn hospital. The Medical University of South … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey names Browne new operations exec

Tim Browne has joined Palmetto Health Tuomey as the hospital's operations executive. Browne has more than 30 years of experience in hospital leadership. He served as chief executive officer of Carolina Pines Regional Medical … more

Hyatt to have cafe, Starbucks open to public

Anyone wanting to stay a night, or a few, in the new Hyatt Place Hotel on track to open this spring in downtown Sumter can now reserve a room. While still on track to open in mid-April, the corporate arm of Hyatt will make the earliest day … more

A perfect day for PIZZA: Deals in Sumter for National Pizza Day

Today marks what may be one of the most popular and most celebrated national holidays 'round the United States - National Pizza Day. Like any other made-up "official" national holiday, it's an excuse to grab a slice (or four), ask your boss to … more

Putting pieces in place for a better Sumter

Top dogs from agencies, companies, educational institutions, government and military in Sumter County revealed this weekend what they started a year ago with the hope of creating a three-year plan to better the community. Awareness, marketing and … more
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