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CVS Caremark appoints new VP, diversity officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has appointed David Casey VP and diversity officer. In this new role, Casey will lead the company’s efforts related to strategic diversity management.

“CVS Caremark has a longstanding commitment to diversity,” stated Lisa Bisaccia, SVP and chief human resources officer. “To that end, we’re delighted that David Casey has joined CVS Caremark to develop and drive best practice diversity strategies designed to help the company ensure that we have a workforce reflective of the communities we serve and a culture of inclusion that enables us to meet and exceed the needs of our increasingly diverse customers.”

Casey most recently served as chief diversity officer at WellPoint and as regional director of business development for Bernard Hodes Group.

Casey serves on advisory boards for the American Institute for Managing Diversity and Profiles in Diversity Journal, where he is also a contributing columnist. He was inducted into the National Eagle Leadership Institute in 2006 and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. He is active in the community and with several nonprofit organizations, including the Urban League and United Way. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Casey served in Operation Desert Storm.

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Meijer introduces new store format in Chicago suburb

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Meijer is focusing on innovation with the opening of a new, smaller format, grocery-focused store in Niles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

The new Meijer in Niles, which opens after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, is about half the size of most Meijer supercenters at 102,000 sq. ft.  The store is grocery- and pharmacy-focused, while still providing some general merchandise offerings. The Niles Meijer will be the 12th Meijer store in suburban Chicago.

The new store will feature many grocery items geared toward the diverse community that surrounds it.

“For several years, we have worked hard throughout the Midwest to offer specific grocery items that are relevant to the unique customer base in the communities we service,” Meijer president Mark Murray said. “The Niles community is represented by a variety of cultures, and we are thrilled to be able to serve such a diverse community.”

Meijer also announced plans to expand this new concept in the Chicago area by building a second grocery-focused store in Orland Park, Ill. Construction of the planned store will begin in the coming weeks and includes a full renovation of a currently vacant retail site. The opening of the Orland Park Meijer is currently planned for later this year and will create up to 150 new jobs inside the store.

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Price Chopper cuts into Conn. market with new store

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Price Chopper has plans to open a new store in Middletown, Conn., the family-owned supermarket chain announced last week.

The 60,00- sq.-ft. supermarket pharmacy will be the eighth in Connecticut and the 120th in New England when it opens this summer, the company said.

“The city is extremely pleased to welcome Price Chopper to our community,” Middletown mayor Sebastian Giuliano said in a statement. “Not only are they great corporate citizens, but they also bring a reputation for quality products at great prices.”

The company plans to “meet or exceed” the U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards to minimize the store’s effects on the local environment and natural resources.

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