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    Spartan Launches Special Olympics Medallion Sale, Prepaid Services

    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spartan Stores here, through its neighborhood supermarkets, is selling Special Olympics medallions through February. The funds raised from the sale support the Summer Games in Michigan.

    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spartan Stores here, through its neighborhood supermarkets, is selling Special Olympics medallions through February. The funds raised from the sale support the Summer Games in Michigan.

    The medallions can be purchased for $1 at Family Fare Supermarkets and Glen's Markets throughout Michigan. Customers sign their name on the medallion and it is displayed in the stores.

    "Spartan Stores is committed to Special Olympics and raising funds for the summer games," said Craig Sturken, chairman, president and c.e.o. "We salute the participating athletes, families, volunteers, retail vendors and customers who are involved with Special Olympics. Their participation and support ensures the games' success each year."

    In 1985, Spartan Stores became the exclusive sponsor of the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games. Spartan's corporate contribution to Special Olympics Michigan over the past 22 years totals over $6 million.

    The company has also launched a prepaid services and electronic point of sale activation (POSA) system with InComm, which will offer Spartan Stores, Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen's Markets, and The Pharm customers' prepaid wireless airtime from the leading wireless carriers; long distance phone cards; prepaid Visa; ring tones and games for wireless handsets and a variety of gift cards from the nations leading retailers.

    "Today's busy customers are looking for solutions that can save them time," states Marti Hitchings, marketing manager for Spartan Stores. "Our goal is to provide (prepaid) products and services in a way that adds convenience."

    The multi-year agreement will enable InComm to serve 81 supermarkets and drug stores in Michigan and Ohio.

    Spartan Stores owns and operates 81 supermarkets and drugstores in Michigan and Ohio under the Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen's Markets, and The Pharm banners.

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