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Garcia reappointed to state pharmacy board

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI EVP pharmacy operations for the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in the United States was reappointed to the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

Albert Garcia of Navarro Discount Pharmacies will serve a four-year term, Navarro said Friday. Garcia was originially appointed to the Florida Board of Pharmacy — an independent, state health regulatory agency that regulates the practice of pharmacy and protects the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Florida — in 2004 by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

As EVP pharmacy operations, Garcia oversees several hundred employees and is responsible for the overall operations of Navarro’s 27 pharmacy locations in Miami-Dade County. As a 30-year pharmacy veteran, Garcia also is a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association and the American Pharmaceutical Association.

“Albert Garcia is a third generation pharmacist that has brought a wealth of knowledge to our pharmacy team,” said Steve Kaczynski, Navarro Discount Pharmacies CEO. “As a locally owned-company, we are very proud of his accomplishments and his 33-year successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.”

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Rite Aid accepting EBT cards, food stamps at stores

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday announced that all Rite Aid pharmacies now accept EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards and food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“One-in-eight Americans are receiving food assistance through SNAP, according to the USDA,” stated Brian Fiala, Rite Aid EVP store operations. “With nearly 4,800 Rite Aid stores nationwide offering assorted groceries, accepting EBT cards is just another convenience we can offer to our customers and help make their lives a little easier.”

SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is administered by the USDA and offers families and individuals at certain income levels financial assistance in purchasing food and beverages. Electronic Benefits Transfer is the electronic system that allows a SNAP recipient to authorize transfer of their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. SNAP benefit recipients are issued EBT cards that look like debit cards.

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Report: Food Lion pulls plug on Bloom stores expansion

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. Food Lion has pulled its plans to bring four Bloom stores to the North Carolina market, according to local reports.

The four stores, which currently are under construction, will become Food Lions instead. Spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said the company will focus on increasing the number of Bloom stores in existing markets rather than expanding into new ones.

The Bloom chain, which was introduced in 2004, has 66 stores, including one opening in Charlotte this week. The stores are known for such tech-savvy features as scanner guns and recipe kiosks.

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