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INDIANAPOLIS -- Marsh Supermarkets will host the Lighten Up, Indiana! Campaign's next round of weight-management classes this month at nine supermarkets.
The campaign, a joint effort of The Care Group, St. Vincent Hospital, and Marsh Pharmacy, strives to educate Hoosiers about the benefits of weight loss. The program includes weekly meetings and food samplings, a free pedometer, an on-site grocery tour with a registered dietitian, and a weekly weigh-in. The cost to consumers for the program is $99.
In other Marsh news, the chain appears to be delaying plans for a new concept neighborhood grocery store and café in the Geist Pavilion shopping center in Indianapolis, according to published reports.
The delay comes amid ongoing financial challenges and management changes at the company. Marsh, which put itself on the block a month ago, has curtailed capital spending while also taking other steps to further reduce compensation and other expenses in the coming year, all in a bid to enhance shareholder value and presumably polish up as a candidate for acquisition.
The new outlet IndyStar.com reported that Marsh has a lease on 19,000 square feet in the new center, built by Indianapolis-based Kite Realty. Construction on the building has been mostly complete since late last year, according to the report, which noted that Marsh representatives did not appear for a planned public hearing last week before the Hamilton County Alcoholic Beverage Commission to request a permit to sell beer and wine in the store. The hearing was continued to next month.
The story further reported that a banner remained on the front of the space announcing the forthcoming store would be named, "Food Expressions Market and Café," next door to which hangs another banner announcing a future McNamara Florist, another Marsh subsidiary.
According to Marsh's applications to the Hamilton County Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Food Expressions store would include three of Marsh's successful concepts compressed in one location. Plans would include a McNamara Florist and a neighborhood grocery, plus a restaurant or cafe and possibly a coffee bar.
Marsh, which had never officially announced details about the Food Expressions concept store, last year cancelled plans for a neighborhood store on the site of a former Atlas Supermarket in Indy, according to the local report.
The company operates 69 Marsh Supermarkets, 38 LoBill Foods stores, eight O'Malia Food Markets, 161 Village Pantry convenience stores, two Arthur's Fresh Market stores and one Savin$ store. Other divisions include McNamara Florists, Enflora Flowers, Primo Banquet Catering and Conference Centers and Crystal Food Services.