FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2009
BACKGROUND ON THE PRESIDENT’S EVENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA TODAY:
Broughton High School
Sara Coleman is the owner of Cupcake Shoppe Bakery located at 104 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC, which she started 2 years ago on July 28, 2007. A longtime resident of Raleigh, she worked in the corporate world for many years (at Johnson & Johnson), after which she decided she wanted to do something creative and start her own business. She started with 3 employees and has grown to 10 employees currently. She is not able to provide health care insurance to her employees because she simply cannot afford to do so, consequently, she is finding it difficult to compete in the market where she is up against other businesses that are able to provide this benefit to their employees. Despite the economic downturn Sara has found business to be steady and she plans to hire additional employees in the fall in preparation for the holiday season. Sara’s original plan, however, had been to open additional bakeries in the greater Raleigh-Durham area but is now hesitant due to the combination of to the unsteady economic climate and difficult experience with employee retention, due to her inability to provide health care coverage to her employees.
Dr. Gardner Calvin Taylor will lead the Invocation. Dr. Taylor, is the son of noted early twentieth century preacher Washington Taylor from Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree from Leland College and the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology. His pastorates include Bethany Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio, Beulah Baptist in New Orleans, The Historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church (his home church and pastorate of his father) in Baton Rouge, and the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York. In 2000, Dr. Taylor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1979 Time Magazine named him one of the seven greatest Protestant preachers in America, and was twice honored by Ebony Magazine as one of the greatest preachers in America. Dr. Taylor currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
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Jay Cummins is the President of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, which employs more than 12,000 associates in 127 Kroger stores in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Mr. Cummins started his 37-year career as a clerk in 1972. He has since held positions of increasing responsibility including Store Manager, Grocery Specialist, and President of Kroger’s Food4Less Division, which operates stores in California, Nevada, Illinois and Indiana. Mr. Cummins led the expansion of the Food4Less format into the Chicagoland area including our store that serves the Englewood community. He and his wife, Terrie, have three children and 3 grandchildren and reside in Roanoke. Mr. Cummins is active with the United Way of the Roanoke Valley and is the Pacesetter Chair for 2009. He is the 2009 Chairman of the American Heart Association‘s Heart Walk in Roanoke and was recently named to the Board of Trustees for the Taubman Museum in
BACKGROUND ON BRISTOL, VA KROGER STORE
31 Midway Street
Bristol, Virginia 24201
Store opened in 1998
59,000 square feet
- 20 have coverage at $5 dollars per week
- 13 have coverage at $10 per week (which means the employee plus one dependent)
- 1 has full dependent coverage at $15 dollars per week
- 21 opted out of coverage, which generally means they have coverage under a spouse or other family member’s plan
Kroger touches the lives of millions of customers every day through its family of stores. As the largest traditional supermarket retailer in the U.S, Kroger’s 326,000 associates serve customers in more than 3,600 supermarkets, convenience and jewelry stores in 31 states. Kroger also operates 40 food-processing plants and 33 distribution centers. In 2008, total sales were $76 billion and net earnings were $1.25 billion.
Approximately 70% of Kroger’s store associates are represented by a union. The company currently has 330 labor agreements, usually with terms of 3 to 5 years.
Kroger operates 2,481 supermarkets and multi-department stores under local banners including Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Foods Co., Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen’s, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs, Scott’s and Smith’s.
Kroger’s core values guide its business. They are: honesty, integrity, respect, diversity, safety and inclusion.
- To provide customers with great products at good prices and a shopping experience that makes them want to return.
- To be a preferred employer where every associate feels valued and customers recognize that our people are great.
- Achieve success for shareholders, help sustain the environment and serve our communities.