CVS/pharmacy weighs in with lifestyle program for ExtraCare members
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles among consumers, CVS/pharmacy and Weight Watchers have developed a mutually beneficial rewards program.
Members of CVS’ ExtraCare loyalty program will be given the opportunity to save money on CVS/pharmacy purchases when they join Weight Watchers meetings. Conversely, Weight Watchers members will receive CVS/pharmacy ExtraBucks offers on such health-related items as blood-pressure monitors, blood-glucose testing equipment, healthy snacks and more.
"CVS/pharmacy is committed to helping improve the health and lives of our customers, and we’re excited to offer discounts for ExtraCare cardholders for a proven weight-loss program like Weight Watchers," said Rob Price, SVP and chief marketing officer at CVS/pharmacy. "We hope these rewards will help people take the first steps toward better health and further the progress for those who have already begun weight-loss efforts."
According to the National Institutes of Health, two-thirds of adults in America are overweight or obese, a condition that can lead to other chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
A&P continues turnaround strategy, looking to close 32 stores
MONTVALE, N.J. — Bankrupt grocer A&P has filed a motion seeking court approval to close 32 stores in six states as the company continues to implement its financial and operational restructuring. The store closures are expected to be completed in the company’s fiscal first quarter, subject to court approval.
"As part of our turnaround and our ongoing review of our store footprint, we have decided to close these 32 locations. While this was a very difficult decision that will unfortunately impact some of our customers, partners, communities and employees, these actions are absolutely necessary as we work to strengthen A&P’s operating foundation and improve our performance. We will help our affected colleagues pursue other positions across the Company should open positions be available," stated A&P president and CEO Sam Martin.
Martin continued, "Delivering great value and service to our customers every day remains the focus of every A&P associate. Even as we reduce our store base and drive efficiencies across our company, we continue to take other important steps to enhance our customers’ overall shopping experience, including upgrading our private label brands. We are moving forward aggressively to make strategic decisions that will position A&P for a strong future."
The company, which filed for bankruptcy in December, operates 395 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia under the A&P, Waldbaum’s, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Fresh and Food Basics banners.
Off to the races
TAMPA, Fla. — The Daytona 500 is taking place this weekend, Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, and it kicks off the NASCAR season, which extends through November.
Here at a Tampa Walgreens, the store gets in a racing mood with a display from NASCAR sponsor Coca-Cola.