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HearAtLast opens 19th Canadian Wal-Mart location, names Mele to board of directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO HearAtLast, an operator of hearing aid clinics, has opened its 19th location within a Wal-Mart store in Canada and appointed Louie Mele, president of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, to its board of directors.

The grand opening of the new location within the Airdrie, Alberta Wal-Mart Store is slated for Feb. 8. HearAtLast currently owns and operates 18 hearing clinics in Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart Supercenters and Sam’s Clubs in Canada. It also recently opened its first free-standing clinic in the United States in the adult community The Villages, Florida.

Meanwhile, HearAtLast has appointed Mele to its board. McDonald’s Canada signed an agreement with Wal-Mart Canada in 1994, and today McDonald’s Canada is the largest licensee of Wal-Mart Canada with 200 satellite restaurants co-located within Wal-Mart stores throughout Canada.

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Former Rite Aid human resources vp joins Reader’s Digest

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. Todd McCarty, former Rite Aid senior vice president of human resources, has joined The Reader’s Digest Association as senior vice president, global human resources, effective March 1, the association announced earlier this week.

“I am very pleased that Todd McCarty, a highly accomplished Human Resources executive, will be heading our global HR team at this important and exciting time in our company’s history,” stated Mary Berner, president and chief executive officer of the association. “He has a strong grounding in performance-based management, which is an ideal fit with our emphasis on cultural transformation and fostering a high-performing organization.”

McCarty is succeeded at Rite Aid by Steve Parsons, who was promoted to the position on Monday, Rite Aid announced.

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Marsh celebrates five new store conversions

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS Marsh Supermarkets announced Tuesday it will celebrate five store conversions on Thursday, hosting a staff meet-and-greet for customers from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The five stores, each a former LoBill Foods, have been newly updated, the company stated. Four of the five locations will operate under the Marsh Hometown Market banner with the Noblesville location joining the two existing Noblesville stores under the Marsh banner.

The newly converted stores bring the number of Marsh Hometown Markets to 46.

“Between the five locations, Marsh has committed nearly $1 million to update the stores,” stated Frank Lazaran, Marsh chairman, chief executive officer and president.

Marsh is launching two special customer programs at these five stores, including a New Mom’s program that provides savings on items new parents frequently purchase and a Senior Rewards program, which provides 5 percent discounts on Thursdays for shoppers 60 years and older.

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