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Is A&P supermarket chain poised for sale?

BY DSN STAFF

MONTVALE, N.J. — The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. is actively shopping 137 of its stores, including 10 Food Emporium locations in New York City, according to the New York Post.

A&P, which emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2012, told The Record newspaper on June 16 that the company continues to weigh its options and that it is exploring strategic alternatives.

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MinuteClinic opens first clinic in Topeka

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The first MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic in Topeka, Kan., opened Wednesday inside the CVS/pharmacy store, joining 11 additional clinic locations in the state.

Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast joined CVS Health and MinuteClinic executives at the grand opening.

"Targeted expansion into markets like Topeka brings high-quality, convenient and affordable health care services to community members," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and EVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health.  "There is a need for more accessible and affordable health care in Kansas, and the demand for MinuteClinic services will continue to grow due, in part, to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging Baby Boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act."

Nancy Zaner, MinuteClinic Midwest area director, said that MinuteClinic is committed to helping patients find a medical home and believes it can play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.

"About 50% of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider," Zaner stated. "And about half of the patients seen at MinuteClinic are 'medically homeless' and do not have a personal physician."
 

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San Francisco Walgreens debuts LGBT neighborhood-specific Hallmark dept.

BY Lesley Thulin

SAN FRANCISCO — A Walgreens store in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood is co-hosting its reopening with Hallmark on Tuesday, unveiling an updated Hallmark department tailored to the neighborhood’s LGBT population. Cards, gifts and visual merchandising will reflect the 95% LGBT demographic of the neighborhood. 

“Hallmark is the industry leader in creating solutions for specific consumer-connecting needs, in this case, LGBT relationships,” a Hallmark spokesperson said. “Everything … is tailored to the local consumer.”

Products will include more than 50 cards that contain more gender-neutral language and a collection of 12 StudioINK cards titled “Out and About,” as well as cards designed for same-sex marriages, baby showers for two mothers or two fathers and transgender coming out.

New signage features gay and lesbian couples, rainbow colors, and a removal of gender-specific language, such as “For Him” or “For Her.”

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