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Fruth Pharmacy on front lines of W. Va. flood relief efforts

BY David Salazar
Left to right: Barbara Taylor, Fruth Pharmacy OTC category manager; Lynne Fruth, president; Amy Nelson, gift category manager; and Tim Weber, VP pharmacy stand with boxes of donated supplies for flood relief on July 8. 
 
POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — With her office at Fruth Pharmacy less than 200 yards from a river, the potential for flash floods like the ones that devastated West Virginia on June 23 is never too far from president Lynne Fruth’s mind. And though many of Fruth Pharmacy’s locations were spared the damage of flash floods, which damaged or destroyed 1,200 homes — though one location was damaged by runoff — the company’s associates, executives and business partners wasted no time coming to the aid of those affected. 
 
The company’s gift category manager Amy Nelson had locations set up donation boxes in the aftermath, and the company created a special UPC code for customers to donate money for supplies, an effort that raised more than $500,000. By July 1, donations were able to fill a box truck with donations including sanitary necessities, cleaning supplies and toys, with more left over for another trip, with a third trip following. 
 
“What’s meaningful to me is that when you talk about over $5,000, you’re talking about people with modest incomes saying ‘I don’t have a lot but I want to do something,’” Fruth told Drug Store News. “And I think that’s one of the great things about people in West Virginia — the generosity of people in small towns.”
 
In addition to donations from Fruth Pharmacy locations, business partner Heinrich Paper Supply donated a truck full of $4,000 worth of cleaning supplies, and OTC category Manager Barbara Taylor gathered first aid supplies to the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance authority. The first aid kits were sent alongside hand sanitizer, and Fruth Pharmacy is sending 339 cases of OTC products to Scott Depot, W. Va. For first responders and volunteers to distribute to flood victims. 
 
Beyond providing necessities for flood victims, Fruth Pharmacy, through its VP pharmacy Tim Weber and supplier Genetco, donated thousands of dollars worth of antibiotics to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, whose shelters took in hundreds of pets displaced by the floods that affected their owners. 
 
“We felt this was really significant for people who had lost their homes and family members, on top of the other things they're dealing with,” Fruth said. “If the beloved family pet could be rescued, cared for and hopefully reunited with the families, that would be a meaningful part of their healing.”
 
As the floodwaters have receded and the donation shipments have made their way to those affected by floods, Fruth said she anticipates the focus of donations to change and focus on back-to-school needs for kids whose families lost homes and, potentially jobs, as the businesses that employed them may no longer be around as a result of the floods. 
 
I know that there was a large box of children's books that came in with the toys, and it hit me that these schools and these communities, they probably lost all the books in their library,” Fruth, a former school teacher, said “So when you think about having to replace all those types of things, you just move from one pressing need to other things that people are going to need.”
 

 

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New QuickChek store in N.J. truly offers one-stop shopping

BY Gina Acosta

BEACHWOOD, N.J. — N.J.-based chain QuickChek is taking the convenience store model to a new level with the opening of its first fresh market store offering pharmacy services and fuel.

The company will open a new 7,460-square-foot store at 533 Atlantic City Boulevard in Beachwood, just down the road from its current store, on July 18. The new store will be open 24 hours a day, enabling customers to create delicious custom-made oven-toasted fresh subs, sandwiches, wraps and salads and personalized hot and cold beverages exactly as they want them, any time of day or night.

Added conveniences include an in-store pharmacy providing fast, convenient prescription services with personalized attention as well as eight gasoline pumps offering high-quality fuel at value prices.

“We are excited to open our first store that offers all of our convenience items in one location as we continue to serve the Beachwood community,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose family-owned company operates 143 store locations, including 10 with pharmacies and 55 with fuel, throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island.

QuickChek stores provide one-stop shopping, offering a wide variety of grocery and market items including fresh baked goods from an in-store bakery and excellent customer service provided by locally hired team members. The company continues to expand its mobile ordering menu to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer.

QuickChek’s coffee was voted the best in America in a national consumer survey by Technomic in 2014.

In addition to its renowned coffee wall, the new store will feature friendly baristas who custom make more than 60 varieties of handcrafted hot and iced cold drinks, including blended-to-order fruit smoothies and fresh-brewed espressos brewed with QuickChek’s Dark Roast espresso beans in regular, decaf and extra shots.

Open seven days a week, the QuickChek Pharmacy Department carries a full line of health and beauty aid products at competitive prices. The pharmacy also provides complete immunization services including vaccines for flu, shingles, hepatitis A&B, meningitis and more. All major prescription insurance plans are accepted.

Additional amenities for the new Beachwood store include no-fee ATMs, which provide additional added value to consumers; outdoor seating for 16; eight gasoline pumps offering high-quality fuel at value prices; and 49 parking spaces.

Consumers can enjoy additional savings at this or any of the company’s locations by downloading the QuickChek mobile app at quickchek.com.

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CVS Health debuts new specialty pharmacy facility

BY Michael Johnsen

ORLANDO, Fla. – CVS Health this week was joined by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the Orlando Economic Development Commission VP Business Development Casey Barnes, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Florida State Reps. Mike Miller and Mike La Rosa to officially open a new specialty pharmacy facility here.

The new 112,000 square foot facility will hire pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and administrative staff to expand CVS Health's work to help customers with disease education, provide pharmacy and medication counseling, verify benefits and coordinate care with multiple health care providers.

At the event, Alan Lotvin, EVP specialty pharmacy at CVS Health, spoke about the company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health. "As our company grows we are excited to add new resources and new colleagues to support that purpose – like those here in this building.”

The project was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, The Orlando Economic Development Commission and the Orange County.
 

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