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Berry honored as ‘pharmacy great communicator’

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Arkansas Democratic Rep. Marion Berry was honored as a “Pharmacy Great Communicator” today by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for his support of pharmacies.

Berry, the only current member of Congress to serve as a pharmacist, has long been known as an ardent champion of pharmacy’s interests. He is a frequent sponsor of pharmacy-friendly legislation, including new laws that speed Medicare reimbursements, postpone Medicaid reimbursement cuts and level the playing field for military prescription business under the TRICARE military health program.

Last week, Berry introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that recognizes October as “American Pharmacists Month.” The resolution, H.R. 1437, outlines the valuable role of pharmacists and states that “all people in the United States should join in celebrating our Nation’s pharmacists for their contributions to the health and well-being of our citizens.”

The Pharmacy Great Communicator program was created to honor those who publicly highlight the value of pharmacy.

“We applaud Congressman Berry for his dedicated support of pharmacies,” said NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson. “As we celebrate the pharmacy profession next month, this resolution will remind members of Congress and their constituents that they only need to look as far as their local pharmacy to find the face of neighborhood health care.”

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Winn-Dixie completes 100th store remodel

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Less than 18 months after announcing a major remodel initiative for all of its 521 stores, Winn-Dixie Stores, on Thursday announced the completion of remodel No. 100.

The newest remodeled store, in the Miami suburb of Hialeah, is celebrating its grand opening today.

The Hialeah store showcases the company’s fresh and local strategic initiative—an updated storefront, combined with expanded produce and floral departments. The store’s deli and bakery were upgraded with a wood-burning rotisserie and bread warmer, a wing bar, an olive bar and a specialty dessert case. The store also features new energy-efficient refrigerators and frozen food cases as well as new wood flooring and a contemporary color palette.

“This is not only a milestone for our Company, but it also symbolizes the hard work and dedication of our associates and the loyalty of our customers,” stated Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixie’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “It’s all about being fresh and local—from our decor to our merchandising and marketing initiatives, we are tailoring every detail of our remodeled stores to meet the needs of neighborhoods we serve. As the remodel program moves forward, we will have a significantly stronger store base from which to compete and leverage the strength of our brand. We plan to remodel half the chain by June 2010.”

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Longs to carry GE digital cameras

BY Michael Johnsen

TORRANCE, Calif. Already distributed through Walgreens, General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE digital cameras, may be getting a foot in the door with CVS with Thursday’s announcement that its retail camera line is to be picked up by Longs Drug beginning in October.

Under the agreement, Longs stores will stock three models—the A730 Black, the A835 Black and the A1030 Red.

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