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Harris Teeter to celebrate opening of newest Maryland location

BY Antoinette Alexander

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter announced that it will celebrate the grand opening of its Towne Centre at Laurel store on Nov. 11.  

The new Town Centre at Laurel will be the company’s 12th location in Maryland. Harris Teeter, which was cofounded in 1960 by North Carolina grocers W.T. Harris and Willis Teeter, currently operates more than 230 stores.
 
Features of the new store include, but are not limited to, an expanded Hispanic and Asian food offering, pharmacy, free blood pressure testing, private consultations, a Western Union and sit-down eating area.
 

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Tru Fragrance names VP of business development

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Tru Fragrance, A fragrance development company that manufactures, launches and markets private brand fragrances for retailers, has hired Mark Magliaro as its new VP of business development.

Magliaro’s primary responsibility will be to identify, develop and secure new client partnerships for Tru across a wide variety of distribution channels, while working with Tru’s client, product development and creative teams in New York and Chicago. Magliaro will be based out of Tru’s New York City’s office beginning in January.

“Mark brings 25 years of extensive fragrance experience to Tru,” said Monte Henige, CEO of Tru Fragrance. “We are thrilled to have Mark join our team at Tru, as the company continues to build new retail partnerships and explore new channels worldwide.”

Prior to joining Tru, Magliaro served as president of fragrance for Ungerer & Co. where he built cross-functional teams and repositioned Ungerer & Co. in the marketplace. He oversaw commercial responsibilities that included sales, marketing, market research, perfumery, evaluation, customer care and technology. Prior to Ungerer, Magliaro served as president of fragrances for Fragrance Resources.

 

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CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid confirm they are not accepting Apple Pay

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

CUPERTINO, Calif. — It has only been a week since its launch and the list of retailers supporting Apple Pay just got a little shorter as Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy confirmed reports that they no longer accept Apple Pay.

As initially reported by the New York Times, Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy disabled the mobile wallet over the weekend. The reason for the move was not immediately clear.

In a statement sent to Drug Store News, Rite Aid spokesperson Ashley Flowers said, “Given that we are still in the process of evaluating our mobile payment options, Rite Aid does not currently accept ApplePay. We are continually evaluating various forms of mobile payment technologies, and are committed to offering convenient, reliable and secure payment methods that meet the needs of our customers.”

Meanwhile, CVS/pharmacy spokesperson Mike DeAngelis sent a statement to Drug Store News that stated, “At this time, CVS/pharmacy cannot accept Apple Pay or other mobile payments that use NFC technology. We are in the process of evaluating mobile payment options for our customers.”

The New York Times reported that analysts believe that the move is related to the launch of a rival system being deployed by the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium of merchants. Both Rite Aid and CVS are part of that consortium.

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the upcoming Apple Watch. Customers hold their iPhone near the contactless reader at checkout to easily pay.

 

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