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Haggen supermarket operates first day as an Albertsons business unit

BY Michael Johnsen
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Albertsons and Haggen on Thursday announced that the 15 core Haggen Northwest Fresh stores began their first day of operation as a standalone business unit in the Albertsons family of banners.
 
"Founded in Bellingham in 1933, Haggen is here to stay in the Northwest," stated John Clougher, who will continue to lead the 15 Haggen stores as group VP and general manager. "Our friendly employees are as passionate as ever about providing our guests the highest quality local products and exceptional service [and] we look forward to serving our loyal guests and inviting our neighbors in to see how we will continue to evolve and invest in these communities."
 
As a decentralized organization, Albertsons invests in its local operations and empowers them to make decisions locally while still leveraging the scale of a large company. This strategy has produced great stores for Albertsons and the banners that have joined its family, including Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Star Market, the United Family of Supermarkets and, most recently, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Randalls and Vons.
 
"We are committed to investing in Haggen's brand and stores, and applying our proven playbook to foster continued growth of its deep roots in the Northwest," commented Bob Miller, Albertsons chairman and CEO. "This is a great opportunity to grow a brand that shares many of our values, including offering exceptional service and the best in fresh, local products."
 
Albertsons also announced in March that it signed an agreement to acquire 14 Haggen stores that will transition back into its Seattle and Portland operating divisions under the Albertsons banner in the coming weeks; these stores were acquired by Haggen from Albertsons in 2015.
 
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Harris Teeter to open Sterling, Va. location with in-store health services

BY David Salazar
MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Thursday announced a planned grand opening for its newest location. The new store, located in Sterling Va., will be opened with an event on June 15 at 8 a.m. that will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony and in-store sampling. 
 
The 52,000-sq. ft. store will be open 24/7 and feature a drive-thru pharmacy, as well as free blood pressure testing, private professional consultations and drug interaction and allergy screenings. 
 
The store will also have full-service butcher’s and fisherman’s markets, a full-service floral department, a hot foods bar, carryout service and express lane online shopping, among other features. 
 
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NeuroMetrix’s Quell rolls out to 1,000 drug stores

BY David Salazar
WALTHAM — NeuroMetrix, maker of Quell, a wearable device aimed at relieving chronic pain, announced that in June the device would be available in about 1,000 chain drug stores across the country. The company’s website features a store locator to help find which locations sell Quell. 
 
“Consumers have told us that they expect to see and purchase Quell at leading chain drug stores," NeuroMetrix president and CEO Dr. Shai N. Gozani said. “We are therefore delighted to broaden the availability of Quell, our proprietary, 100% drug free technology for the relief of widespread chronic pain. As Quell represents a new level of technology at premium pricing we will use learning from this test to optimize our full retail expansion.”
 
Quell launched in Target stores in April, and Drug Store News featured the device as part of its look at wearables in its May issue. To read the feature, click here
 
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